Honors Program

Fine and Performing Arts Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Cara Harker

Thesis Professor Department

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Thesis Reader(s)

Cara Harker, Dr. Scott Contereras-Koterbay


Wave: A Dance Composition and Performance is a choreographic work and performance that tells a personal narrative in comparison to a wave. I performed the modern/lyrical dance with two other dancers, Rachel Crabtree and Kate Trabalka, on the evening of November 16th, 2018 in room 205 of the ETSU Campus Center building. My previous technical dance training, and training as a dance minor at East Tennessee State University from 2015-2018 prepared me to proudly present a piece that was entirely choreographed by me. The following research of modern and lyrical dance shaped my choreography, as well as my musical choices that I carefully selected and edited. Using weight sharing and partner work, and pulling inspiration and direction from the Laban Movement Analysis, I thoughtfully created a ten-minute-long production. Through research and contemplation of my life, I dove head first into pouring my heart and soul into the choreography, and this thesis documents all of the aspects that came together to create Wave.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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