My second key text was Maslow (1954) who believes that society is too dominated by results that then force us to lose humanistic and naturalistic experiences. He believes dancers are not proven to be good or successful through following an exam board and should be encouraged to lose their inhibitions and self-consciousness through dance. This was very interesting to my chosen topic of research and has encouraged me to think differently about how I can tailor my dance classes to consider naturalistic and humanistic experiences through class based exercises. For instance, by creating exercises that enable the dancer to listen to a piece of music or explore a stimulus that encourages them to channel their inner feelings related to that particular song or stimulus helps them to feel and link their emotions as part of a routine. Therefore, they are thinking, listening, feeling and encouraging their bodies to move according to all of these aspects. When creating competition dances, I have now taken on an approach to discuss with my learners about how pieces make them feel or how they feel a stimulus should be represented in a dance routine. Therefore, it is encouraging them to think more independently and they are not being told how to feel or think. Their own participation to routines has proved valid to the way they perform as opposed to following teacher led choreography.
I have considered the next step for my research which is interviews and I have a range of students from beginner to advanced. I aim to conduct mostly one to one interviews, although will select a small group for interview too. This helps me to broaden my experience of interviews and different techniques. These interviews will be held with learners from varying experiences, some have only ever competed in dance and one learner has only ever done examinations. I am interested to gain different responses according to the questions I will ask. I feel the indication towards my interviewing will be semi-structured as I want my interviewees to elaborate on their answers as opposed to closed questions. I feel this will help me to gain a range of responses to form my qualitative data as well as gaining opinions from varying dance backgrounds and experiences.