Effect of a 12-Week Greek Traditional Dances Program on the Development of Kinesthesis and Dynamic Balance in School-aged Children

Eirini Argiriadou, Fotios Mavrovouniotis, Argirios Mavrovouniotis


The purpose of the present study was to examine the effect of a Greek traditional dances program on the development of kinesthesis and dynamic balance in school-aged children. For this purpose seventeen children, six boys and eleven girls, pupils of elementary school, with their age ranged from 6 to 10 years, took part in the study. All the children received a 12-week program of Greek traditional dances at a frequency of one lesson per week, for 90 minutes. Data collection included pretest and posttest measurements of the kinesthesis and dynamic balance for all the children. Kinesthesis was measured by the kinesthesiometer (Lafayette Instrument Co.) and dynamic balance was measured by the stabilometer platform (Lafayette Instrument Co.). For data analysis, descriptive analysis and the non-parametric tests Wilcoxon of the SPSS ver. 18.0 for windows were used. The level of significance was set to p<0.05. The results showed that after the 12-weeks program of Greek traditional dances there was a significant improvement in the kinesthesis (z=-3.01, p<0.01) and the dynamic balance ability (z=-3.29, p<0.01) of the children. In conclusion, a program with Greek traditional dances with music accompaniment, could lead to significant improvements in children’s abilities, kinesthesis and balance.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22158/jecs.v2n1p46


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