The benefits of supplemental fitness training for dancers have been established. For example, Koutedakis et al. (2007) found that dance instructors’ ratings of performance quality were higher for modern dancers who completed a 12-week fitness program than for control group dancers in the same company.
The primary limitation of that study was that agreement among raters in the measure of performance quality was not assessed. If there are large differences in examiners’ ratings, it’s difficult to know whether performance quality is what’s truly being measured. [Read more…]