Bristol Girls Dance Project: feasibility study

Lead investigator
Professor Russ Jago, University of Bristol

Increasing physical activity is vitally important for health. Dance is an activity that many girls enjoy and dance is an activity they may also be engaged in across the lifespan. Fostering an interest in dance may hold greater long-term potential than other forms of activity.

Aims & objectives
To examine how a ten-week after-school dance program can increase 11-12-year-old girls' habitual physical activity levels and provide the girls with a desire and the skills to engage in dance once the initial contact sessions have ended.
Study design

Feasibility study for cluster randomised control trial:

Phase I: Focus groups

Nine focus groups with Year 7 girls to identify factors that would affect their attendance at an after-school dance program and how contact sessions could increase girls’ ability to engage in dance without instructors. Twenty-four interviews with the parents of 11-12-year-old girls to examine how they could support the project. Interviews with expert dance teachers on how to make the sessions as enjoyable as possible and strategies for longer-term dance participation.

Phase II: Exploratory trial

Exploratory trial in six schools, (three intervention and three control). The intervention will be a ten-week dance program, provided free of charge, during the extended school day. The dance program provided for an hour, three times per week. Thirty girls per school recruited (Total: 90 intervention and 90 control). Assessments will be made at baseline (time 0), immediately after the intervention (time 0+10 weeks), and three months after the intervention has ended (time 0+22 weeks).

Further information & publications
Start date
January 2010
End date
October 2011
Trial register number
MRC Ref: G0900844