Honors Program

Fine and Performing Arts Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Cara Harker

Thesis Professor Department


Thesis Reader(s)

Bobby Funk, Scott Contreras-Koterbay


Echoes: A Dance Composition and Performance analyzes the creative process of choreographing a dance with aerial elements to convey an emotional narrative. My experiences as a theatre and dance Fine and Performing Arts Honors student at East Tennessee State University from 2013-2017, culminated with my final senior capstone project as director, choreographer, and performer of The Echoing Effect, performed February 9, 2017 at the Bud Frank Theatre. The following research of the history and development of aerial dance as an art-form created a better appreciation of the artistic field and informed how I approached the daunting task of composing expressive dance that seamlessly connected movement from the ground to the air on an aerial apparatus. Through research and practical application, I explored the world of the aerial dance choreographer, and this thesis serves as a record of my journey.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Withheld

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