The purpose of this study is to explore the lived experiences of older adults who have been performing Korean traditional dance as volunteers. Thirteen volunteer dancers participated in in-depth interviews. The analysis of qualitative data showed that the participants of this study demonstrated six experiential characteristics of serious leisure including: (a) the practice of perseverance, (b) volunteer career development and career contingencies, (c) commitment to the team activities, (d) subculture, (e) a strong sense of leisure-related identity, and (f) enhancing a positive sense of self. Our findings provide empirical evidence that voluntary dance performance as serious leisure can offer durable benefits and play an important role in successful ageing.
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Most participants insist that volunteering has provided meaningful social support. Solid relationships developed between the members of the group over the years, and participants often noted the extent to which they were supported in daily life. Charles is a manager of the team, and he is in charge of filming the performances and running the sound system. He had colorectal cancer surgery when he was 50 years old. This remark by Charles indicates how much he has been supported by the group:
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management