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Bodies As Living, Twirling Sacrifices: Performing Black Girlhood, Liturgical Dance, And The Black Church Tradition, Brianna Heath 2017 Columbia College Chicago

Bodies As Living, Twirling Sacrifices: Performing Black Girlhood, Liturgical Dance, And The Black Church Tradition, Brianna Heath

Cultural Studies Capstone Papers

The purpose of this study is to investigate liturgical dance in the black church tradition as a gendered space. I argue that black girls perform their sexuality as ascribed to hetero-patriarchal ideology—as preached within the black church—through liturgical dance. This ideology akin to politics of respectability separates the sacred from the secular which causes a tension. This tension shows up in the hyper-ness of liturgical dancing. This study discusses this by contextualizing liturgical dance within a history of black concert dance and embodied practices of resistance. This study frames liturgical dance within the black dance tradition, black feminist ...


Investigating The Creative Process And Inspirations Of The Choreographic Work, Via Air Mail, Trevor Cook 2017 University of Wyoming

Investigating The Creative Process And Inspirations Of The Choreographic Work, Via Air Mail, Trevor Cook

Honors Theses AY 16/17

This project explores the process of creating the choreographic work VIA AIR MAIL, based off of old World War II love letter. Performed by two dancers, the six section work follow's one couple's journey of separation, loneliness, and love during the war. The accompanying paper discusses the choreographic process in depth as well as inspirations and influences that aided in the piece's creation. VIA AIR MAIL was presented for adjudication at the 2016 American College Dance Association's Northwest Conference.


The Contemporary Continuum: Intertextualizing Concert And Commercial Dance, Christina Rose Williams 2017 The College at Brockport

The Contemporary Continuum: Intertextualizing Concert And Commercial Dance, Christina Rose Williams

Senior Honors Theses

This project will explore my understanding of western contemporary dance as a spectrum connecting concert and commercial dance. Using my personal experience within several educational environments including competition studios, a modern-based collegiate department, and a European university, I characterize concert and commercial dance through key descriptors. This outline will serve as the basis for comprehending how the two opposing styles are deeply intertwined in any contemporary practice today. I conclude by recognizing the eclecticism of training and suggest an active choice to broaden it by using the spectrum as an artistic referencing method as we move forward in the field ...


A Case For An Injury Prevention And Self-Care Program For Bridgewater State University’S Department Of Dance, Meghan Stanton 2017 Bridgewater State University

A Case For An Injury Prevention And Self-Care Program For Bridgewater State University’S Department Of Dance, Meghan Stanton

Honors Program Theses and Projects

Dancers are a unique kind of athlete, who blend athletic ability and artistic expression into their physical performance. Researchers are beginning to see the need for dancers to have access to rehabilitation and injury prevention programs like most collegiate sports athletes. This project researched and created a case for an injury prevention and self-care program to be implemented at Bridgewater State University. The research examined articles and books on different on-site dance medicine programs and the roles of athletic trainers with dancers, communicated with a current health care provider at Body Dynamics Inc., Jenna Calo, Boston University’s dance director ...


The Effects Of Cross Training On Ballet Dance, Allison Holland 2017 University of South Carolina

The Effects Of Cross Training On Ballet Dance, Allison Holland

Senior Theses

The dictionary defines cross training as, “the action or practice of engaging in two or more sports or types of exercise in order to improve fitness or performance in one’s main sport” (“cross-train”). While ballet dancers may look physically fit and slim, ballet dancers do not always give their bodies proper care. This thesis will explain the elements of ballet training that are crucial for development as an artist and a dancer. It will also discuss the benefits of cross training for ballet dancers and how this should be incorporated into the ballet curriculum. Finally, this thesis will discuss ...


Technical, Artistic, And Pedagogical Analysis Of Mark Morris' L'Allegro, Il Penseroso Ed Il Moderato, Mireille Radwan Dana 2017 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Technical, Artistic, And Pedagogical Analysis Of Mark Morris' L'Allegro, Il Penseroso Ed Il Moderato, Mireille Radwan Dana

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis analyzes Mark Morris' choreography for pedagogical purposes. It explores Morris' technique and style by investigating one of his most acclaimed works: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato. Because this evening length piece offers a large selection of sections, a total of thirty-two, it provides many possibilities to investigate Morris' musicality, creative process, and style. The musical aspect of Morris' work is examined by focusing on how he often molds the dance to the musical score involving specific rhythms, canons and counterpoints. Analysis of his creative process investigates his use of individual and group work, with the implementation ...


A Summer Experience As A Paid Actor: It’S Not All Broken Legs, Reagan James 2017 East Tennessee State University

A Summer Experience As A Paid Actor: It’S Not All Broken Legs, Reagan James

Undergraduate Honors Theses

A Summer Experience as a Paid Actor: It’s Not All Broken Legs

Thesis Statement: Finding out that you are going to be paid to act sounds like a dream come true, but there is a lot more to it than just the glitz and glam of the final product.


Books And Bodies: A Collaborative Process Between Dance And Literature, Sarah Dexter Givens 2017 The University of Southern Mississippi

Books And Bodies: A Collaborative Process Between Dance And Literature, Sarah Dexter Givens

Honors Theses

This senior choreographic project, Reading Response #6, was created and performed in the fall of 2016 in collaboration with five dancers, one apprentice, and the choreographer. The project was a collaboration of dance with literature by Emily Dickinson, Leo Tolstoy, Richard Wilbur, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, and Walt Whitman. The final product was performed in the Studio 115 Dance Concert in the University of Southern Mississippi’s Theatre and Dance Building in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This paper investigates the relationship between dance and literature and explores methods of integration between the two art forms.


Dichotomy: A Creative Exercise In Theming Artistic And Emotional Dance Around Scientific Fitness Principles, John P. Davenport 2017 The University of Southern Mississippi

Dichotomy: A Creative Exercise In Theming Artistic And Emotional Dance Around Scientific Fitness Principles, John P. Davenport

Honors Theses

The creative dance work entitled Dichotomy investigated the following research question: is it possible to choreograph an artistic dance work that is firmly related to exercise science principles yet can still evoke an emotional response from the audience? This concert dance was performed in the Fall 2016 Studio 115 Dance Concert in Hattiesburg, MS by three Repertory Dance Company members. This paper seeks to explore the relationship between modern dance and exercise programming, to describe the methodology implemented to generate movement from exercise programming and testing, and to investigate the emotional response that the audience had to the work based ...


Le Sacre Du Printemps: The First Rite (An Exploration Of Modern And Aerial Dance As Storytelling), Whitney Bates 2017 East Tennessee State University

Le Sacre Du Printemps: The First Rite (An Exploration Of Modern And Aerial Dance As Storytelling), Whitney Bates

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Le sacre du printemps, a ballet choreographed in 1913 by Vaslav Nijinsky, played an important part in changing the way the world thought about choreography. Since, modern choreographers such as Graham and Taylor have followed in the tradition of creating their own versions of Le sacre. This thesis outlines the significance of Le sacre. It also describes how Bates created a choreographic project using Nijinsky, Taylor, and Graham influences, and also combining modern dance floor techniques with aerial choreography.


Sonder: Locating The Unessentialized Self In Movement Practices, Joel Walsham 2017 Dominican University of California

Sonder: Locating The Unessentialized Self In Movement Practices, Joel Walsham

Honors Theses and Capstone Projects

This research will contend with the ever-present endeavor in many models of contemporary dance practices to ‘be yourself’ – to seek out an illusive core of your being, and engage with your essential self. Through a survey of cultural studies and social identity that includes the contributions of Judith Butler, Friedrich Nietzsche, Michel Foucault, Todd Reeser, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, the idea of an essential self will be challenged, throwing into question the dominant conception of self used in contemporary dance practices. Through a brief review of two historical conceptions of self in dance, that of Isadora Duncan and the post-modern dance ...


Scattered Swirls: Understanding A Fragmented Past Through Embodied Knowledge, Maxine Patronik 2017 Dominican University of California

Scattered Swirls: Understanding A Fragmented Past Through Embodied Knowledge, Maxine Patronik

Honors Theses and Capstone Projects

For my Senior Dance Project, which represents the culminating work of the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program, I created a work of choreography with a chosen cast of five dancers and explored the vast theme of memory. The choreographic process helped me narrow down and identify the specific theme I wanted to explore, namely, the relationship of memory to the physical and moving body. As the piece developed and as I drew more experience from working with my dancers, I became particularly interested in the body as a repository of truth and how the body sustains truthful knowledge over ...


2017 Otterbein Summer Theatre Season Brochure, Otterbein University Department of Theatre and Dance 2017 Otterbein University

2017 Otterbein Summer Theatre Season Brochure, Otterbein University Department Of Theatre And Dance

Theatre and Dance Annual Brochures

Annual promotional piece of the upcoming season's shows.


Prosthetics In Performance: Exploring The Relationship Between Ballet Dancers And Their Pointe Shoes, Georgia E. Dassler 2017 College of William and Mary

Prosthetics In Performance: Exploring The Relationship Between Ballet Dancers And Their Pointe Shoes, Georgia E. Dassler

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Getting her first pair of pointe shoes is an important milestone for a young ballet dancer. From then on, throughout her ballet “career” (whether she becomes a professional or not), her pointe shoes will play an important role in shaping her dancing and her physical form. Ballet’s strict aesthetic requirements demand visually long body lines. Pointe shoes are uniquely able to meet those demands by augmenting and extending a dancer’s physical body. Through choosing, personalizing, training with, and eventually “killing” pointe shoes, dancers incorporate the footwear as prosthetic extensions of their own bodies and intentions. As a result ...


From Refugee Camp To Project, Amanda Whitworth, Frumie Selchen 2017 Plymouth State University

From Refugee Camp To Project, Amanda Whitworth, Frumie Selchen

Student Showcase

Through hip hop dance, traditional Khmer dance, theater and story telling, Sokeo Ros shares his life story: how, born in a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand and raised in a Providence, Rhode Island neighborhood filled with gangs, poverty and violence, he found meaning, expression and connection through hip hop and dance. A partnership between the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and the PSU Dance Division with funding from the Education, Democracy and Social Change Integrated Cluster, provided 750 students the opportunity to interact with Sokeo. Students from across New Hampshire in public, private and charter schools, higher education and ...


Impulse Graduating Presentation Of Erzsi Bernath, Erszebet Bernath 2017 Western Michigan University

Impulse Graduating Presentation Of Erzsi Bernath, Erszebet Bernath

Honors Theses

No abstract available.


Repeat After Me: Dance Program Evaluation For The Friendship Circle, Michelle Sire 2017 Bowling Green State University

Repeat After Me: Dance Program Evaluation For The Friendship Circle, Michelle Sire

Honors Projects

Approximately 1 in 6 children in the United States are diagnosed with one or more developmental disabilities or delays (Boyle et al., 2011). Although the number of therapeutic approaches for children with developmental disabilities has increased, no single treatment or combination of treatments is effective in relieving symptoms for all individuals (Scharoun, Reinders, Bryden & Fletcher, 2014). Therefore, there is a need to continue to explore alternative therapeutic methods. Research over the past twenty years has found dance/movement therapy (DMT) to be an effective form of treatment for children with special needs, specifically in terms of functioning and well-being. However ...


Benefits Of Dance Education In An Urban Kindergarten Classroom, Anna M. Veelman 2017 Dominican University of California

Benefits Of Dance Education In An Urban Kindergarten Classroom, Anna M. Veelman

Scholarly & Creative Works Conference 2018

Arts Education can be a valuable intervention for students in an urban education setting. Teaching through the arts can act as a Tier One intervention for students who exhibit disruptive behavior due to trauma in the classroom. It has proven to also benefit classroom culture as a whole. Arts have a healing power that allows students to learn social-emotional regulation skills, body-awareness, and expression.

Dance specifically allows students to express their emotions as well as allow them to release energy as well as support student’s positive behavior in the classroom. Data were collected on 25 kindergarten students with a ...


Lacuna: Transcendence Of The Human Body Through The Space Between, Anica Bottom 2017 Dominican University of California

Lacuna: Transcendence Of The Human Body Through The Space Between, Anica Bottom

Scholarly & Creative Works Conference 2018

Examination of humans as dancers interaction with our surrounding environment. Performance and experimental movement improvisation clips shown.


Western Michigan University’S Department Of Dance Marketing Plan, Cassandra Hartline 2017 Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University’S Department Of Dance Marketing Plan, Cassandra Hartline

Honors Theses

The following report constitutes the formal marketing plan for the department of dance at Western Michigan University. This plan is intended to synthesize all of the marketing related information pertinent to Western’s dance department and provide easy one step access to this material at any time. The other purpose of this plan is to dictate the primary objectives the department is looking to accomplish through implementation of marketing tactics.

The first primary objective includes increasing visibility of the department of dance as a whole to both our primary and secondary target audiences; the second objective is to create innovative ...


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