Filippos Filippou, Dimitris Goulimaris, Stelios Baxevanos and Maria Genti, Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece


The ample attendance of adults in dancing associations in order to learn Greek traditional
dancing has rendered it necessary to investigate the reasons that lead them to participate in such
activities. The aim of this study is to investigate whether the demographic characteristics constitute
differentiation factors of the attendance motives in Greek traditional dancing classes. Adapted on
the Greek population the Participation Motivation Questionnaire by Gill, Gross, and Huddleston
(1983) was used for the data collection. In the study 454 individuals of over 30 years of age who
were taught Greek dancing in dancing associations took part. A frequency analysis, One–Way
Anova and Man Whitney U test was used for the data statistical process. From the results it seems
that the demographic characteristics of the sample partly differentiate the factors of the attendance.
More specifically, age and years of attendance do not in the least influence the motives of
attendance (p<.05) while sex, educational level, place of residence and previous dancing experience
partly influence the attendance motives (p<.05).

Keywords: dance event, motivation, cultural associations.

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