Dance Participation during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiences of Older Adult Dance Studio Members
This phenomenological study explored the effects of COVID-19’s stay-at-home order on dance participation. Nine dance studio members, 60+ age, shared their lived experiences through semi-structured interviews. Interviews were transcribed and thematic analysis was conducted. Four themes emerged: Occupational disruption resulted from the loss of routine with sudden adaptation; virtual dance contributed positively to physical and emotional well-being; expanded virtual community addressed feelings of isolation and loneliness; and a positive outlook and hopefulness for future in-person dance. Themes underscore the importance of dance for older adults and the need to address physical, emotional, and social factors associated with un-predicted future pandemics.
Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
Camacho, Victor M.; Gardner, Jennifer; Lee, Jocelyn; Baluyut, Rona M.; Taylor, Sean Patrick; and Fauder, Justin, "Dance Participation during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiences of Older Adult Dance Studio Members" (2023). Kean Publications. 382.