Physical Dynamics, a dance training method to inspire boys.

Can Physical Dynamics motivate boys to choose for a profession in the field of dance?

By: Nigel Koevoet
Position: Senior lecturer BA-DD, ArtEZ, Arnhem, The Netherlands

With this introduction, the researcher wants to explain in short what his research was about, how he proceeded and what the general outcomes were.

A link to the BA article (in Dutch) can be found here .
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It is written by Nigel Koevoet, during the research period a 4th year student at ArtEZ, Bachelor Dance in Education, Arnhem, The Netherlands. The topics of the research are the dance training Physical Dynamics and boys. These two topics are connected by the researcher. The research question is if boys become more interested in dance if they  practice a form of the dance training called Physical Dynamics.


It is written by Nigel Koevoet, during the research period a 4th year student at ArtEZ, Bachelor Dance in Education, Arnhem, The Netherlands. The topics of the research are the dance training Physical Dynamics and boys. These two topics are connected by the researcher. The research question is if boys become more interested in dance if they  practice a form of the dance training called Physical Dynamics. 

Physical Dynamics is a new form of dance training that is  offered at the academy of Arnhem at the Bachelor Dance in  Education. The basic information on this new training is documented, but the complete information, however, is not. Because of this fact the researcher sometimes got stuck during the research, but the narrow contact with one of the developers of the training, John Wooter, helped him get enough information  to continue his research.

The researcher interviewed and talked to the developers of Physical Dynamics and dance teachers in the field who use this dance training form. He also tried out his own way of Physical Dynamics by teaching a group of 13 year old boys at the Vathorst College in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. He asked his pupils to fill in two questionnaires, one of them before the cycle of classes and one after the cycle of classes. The results of both questionnaires are compared to each other. The researchers hypothesis was that Physical Dynamics would increase the interest in dance in the group of schoolboys. The main reasons for this hypothesis are that during the lessons they got very enthusiastic and were very active during the lesson. However, it is not sure if this would cause the pupils to consider a career in dance.  The researcher and dance instructor has informed the students  about the options of studying at the ArtEZ Bachelor Dance in Education.

During the research internship, the researcher also focused on how boys can be most easily approached. For instance, do you have to be very open as a teacher to boys or do you have to be a bit stricter? During the lessons much information has emerged as to what does and does not work according to the researcher. For example, the length of the lesson is very dependent on the concentration curve of this group of boys. The length is usually 1,5 hours, after an hour of hard work however, it is hard for the researcher and instructor to keep up the boys’ concentration. When the lesson time was shortened to 1 hour, the boys kept a much better concentration throughout and the lesson was overall more productive.

What the researcher also noticed is that physical activity is very appealing to the boys, especially when it comes to strength and endurance. These two elements in the training form are important points if the target group is boys, because boys, in their nature, are very competitive and want to show that they can do something well. They want to show their movements to others when things are going well, and the feedback from the teacher is an important aspect in all of this to keep them motivated.

A group of boys can be very busy, we can all imagine that. There is not much you can do about that and the researcher thinks you maybe should not want to do anything about it. It’s just natural boys behavior. Still, the researcher does not really like to portray the boys in this way, because he doesn’t think that every boy is the same. But he has experienced this group behavior in his class of if you are in front of a group with  23 boys. A teacher, can immediately suppress this behavior by strict action. The researcher did not do so, at least not consciously. The researcher wanted to create a safe atmosphere, with a teacher who was ‘almost’ on the same level as the students. One that understood the jokes and stories of the students. The researcher feels that this has also had a positive effect on the group, and the students always went for the full 100%.

The researcher investigated other important information about boys and about Physical Dynamics and incorporated this into his research. This information can be found in Nigel Koevoet’s research paper.