Research on the adolescent dancer

There’s not many research papers specific to adolescence in the context of dance. Below is a list of ones to check out if you’re interested in finding out more about this topic…

Bowerman, E., Whatman, C., Harris, N., & Bradshaw, E. (2015). A review of the risk factors for lower extremity overuse injuries in young elite female ballet dancers. Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, 19(2), 51-56.

Brown, K.A., Patel, D.R., Darmawan, D. (2017). Participation in sports in relation to adolescent growth and development. Translational Pediatrics, 6(3), 150-159.


Brooks-Gunn, J., Attie, I., Burrow, C., Rosso, J. T., & Warren, M. P. (1989). The impact of puberty on body and eating concerns in athletic and nonathletic contexts. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 9(3), 269-290.


Brooks-Gunn, J., & Warren, M. (1985). The effects of delayed menarche in different contexts: Dance and non-dance students. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 14(4), 285-300. doi: 10.1007/BF02089235

Buckroyd, J (2000). The Student Dancer. London, Dance Books

Mitchell, S. B., Haase, A. M., & Cumming, S. P. (2021). Of Grit and Grace: Negotiating Puberty, Surviving and Succeeding in Professional Ballet. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 29 (2). https://journals.humankinetics.com/view/journals/wspaj/29/2/article-p127.xml 

Mitchell, S.B., & Clements, L. (2021). Psychosocial, physical and cognitive perspectives on the adolescent dancer. In B, Pessali-Marques (Ed.), Scientific perspectives and emerging developments in dance and the Performing Arts. IGI Global.

Mitchell, S. B., Haase, A. M., & Cumming, S. P. (2021). On-time maturation in adolescent ballet dancers: Learning from lived experiences. Journal of Early Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1177/02724316211036752

Mitchell, S. B., Haase, A. M., & Cumming, S. P. (2020). Experiences of delayed maturation in female vocational ballet students: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Adolescence, 80, 233-41. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0140197120300476

Mitchell, S.B. (In press). The impact of maturity timing upon development and well-being in young dancers: implications for training and the potential benefits of bio-banding: Proceedings of the Royal Academy of Dance Conference: Dance Teaching for the 21st Century: Practice and Innovation. Sydney, Australia.

Cumming, S.P., Searle, C., Hemsley, J.K., Haswell, F., Edwards, H., Scott, S., Gross, A., Ryan, D., Lewis, J., White, P., Cain, A., Mitchell, S.B., & Malina, R.M (2018). Biological maturation, relative age and self-regulation in male professional academy soccer players: A test of the underdog hypothesis, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 39, 147-153. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1469029218302474

Mitchell, S. B., Haase, A. M., Malina, R. M., & Cumming, S. P. (2017). Understanding growth and maturation in the context of ballet: A biocultural approach. Research in Dance Education. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14647893.2017.1387525

Cumming, S.P., Brown, D., Mitchell, S.B., et al., (2017).  Premier League Academy Soccer Players’ Experiences of Competing in a Tournament Bio-banded for Biological Maturation. Journal of Sports Sciences. https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/publications/premier-league-academy-soccer-players-experiences-of-competing-in

Mitchell, S. B., Haase, A. M., Malina, R. M., & Cumming, S. P. (2016). The role of puberty in the making and breaking of young ballet dancers: Perspectives of dance teachers. Journal of Adolescence, 47, 81-89. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0140197115002870?via%3Dihub

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