An Exploration of Dance in the Lives of Cancer Survivors

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Title: An Exploration of Dance in the Lives of Cancer Survivors
Author: Hiszczynskyj, Laura Sue, 1972-
Abstract: The purpose of this study was two-fold: 1) to uncover, describe, compare, and contrast the personal stories and experiences of dance in the lives of the four cancer survivors who volunteered to participate in this research and 2) to determine how and if dance can be a useful tool in gathering data about the experiences of these cancer survivors. Participants were observed in their regular dance practice, kept journals, and completed three verbal interviews and three movement interviews. Participants reported that dance has helped them re-connect with their bodies, overcome feelings of isolation, adapt to life after cancer, express and release emotions, and free their minds of worry. Each participant reported that the process of sharing their stories led to deeper understanding and appreciation of the role of dance in their lives. However, the movement interviews had the most impact in stimulating discoveries about themselves as cancer survivors who dance.
Description: xi, 210 p. A print copy of this thesis is available through the UO Libraries. Search the library catalog for the location and call number.
Date: 2008-09

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