Stokke Machine Dance Project - Report

The Stokke Machine Dance Project was an informal research project about the potential effects of regular use of machine dance in primary schools, carried out in Norway in by the School Health Services in Stokke Municipality in the autumn of 2007 and winter 2008.

Researchers attempted to examine whether a daily workout routine on the dance mats can improve pupils' motor skills and overall physical condition, and whether dance game training can have a positive effect on their cognitive skills and academic performance. The study focused mainly on the students' reading and mathematics skills.

The students in the research group exercised on the dance mats for at least 10 minutes each day for 12 weeks in the first stage of the project, while the reference group did not exercise at all, but worked instead on an extra reading program. The second phase of the machine dance project also lasted for 12 weeks and involved a different group of students in the research.

Once the research period was over, researchers tested the students' progress in skill level in machine dance. The results were provided by the test modules integrated in the Positive Gaming iDANCE software for the dance mats. The first research group showed substantial and statistically significant improvement in skill, a 70.95 percent increase compared to their initial score. The second group had similar results, a 72.29 percent increase.

For more details and to see how the students did on the test of motor skills and physical resources as well as how the dance game training affected their academic performance, see the document below.

Stokke Machine Dance Project - Report

276 B • PDF • From: 3. April 2012

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