Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Charlie Daniel, Thad Crews, Burch Oglesby

Degree Program

Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport

Degree Type

Master of Science


The present study sought to determine whether or not state anxiety levels were significantly reduced when individuals participated in aerobic dance workouts of 15 minutes and 30 minutes. Undergraduate university students and faculty enrolled in an aerobic dance class were volunteers in this study. As hypothesized, subjects in the aerobic dance classes did reduce anxiety acutely following both their 15 minute and 30 minute workout as assessed by the STAI (Y-Form State Anxiety). Thus, results indicate that state anxiety may be reduced through aerobic dance with similar situations and individuals. In addition, the study also looked at the posttest state anxiety score differences between the 15 minutes and 30 minutes. The results were not significant, indicating neither length of aerobic dance workout session was superior to the other. These results contribute to a currently expanding area of research examining the relationship between anxiety reduction and aerobic dance.


Medicine and Health Sciences | Mental and Social Health | Other Mental and Social Health | Recreational Therapy | Rehabilitation and Therapy | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sports Sciences | Sports Studies