Honors Program

Fine and Performing Arts Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Cara Harker

Thesis Professor Department


Thesis Reader(s)

Scott Contreras-Koterbay, Melissa Shafer


My Year as a Choreographer analyzes the art and craft of dance choreography. My training as a theatre and dance student at East Tennessee State University from 2010-2014, culminated in my final senior capstone experience as a choreographer for two productions, the ETSU Division of Theatre and Dance’s 2014 Dance Concert and University School’s musical, Sleepy Hollow. Composing a new dance in a concert setting and choreographing for musical theatre provided significant material for analysis, and the following research compares the two processes. In addition, the research of the history and development of dance choreography and its modern practices created a better understanding of the artistic field. Both in theory and in practice, I explored the multitude of artistic responsibilities that are imperative to the process of a choreographer.

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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