Notes on Vogue Dance, Flow, and a New Dimension for Performance Psychology

By Martez D. R. Smith, Leeja Carter, and Jahmia Phillips

In this article, flow is defined as “individuals’ full immersion in their present competitive performance and is moderated by the optimization of nine cognitive components: challenge–skills balance, clear goals, the transformation of time, loss of self-consciousness, feedback, concentration, action–awareness merging, control, and autotelic experience” (Smith et al., 142).

Vogue, a dance type categorized by poses with 5 elements: “the catwalk, duckwalk, hand performance, floor performance, and spins-dips,” exhibits parallels with parkour in its inducing of flow (Smith et al., 143). Parkour is considered to have the “objective to effective clear obstacles in urban and rural environments” (Smith et al., 144). These both share a lack of clearly defined and strict rulesets (Smith et al., 144). Similarly, these two arts share a connection with theater, music, and dance (Smith et al., 144).

Dancing, like vogue, provides liberation, which stimulates multiple faces of flow (Smith et al., 145).

Smith, Martez D. R., et al. “Vogue Dance, Flow, and a New Dimension for Performance Psychology.” The Humanistic Psychologist, vol. 48, no. 2, 2020, pp. 142–149., doi:10.1037/hum0000135.

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