Honors Program

Honors in Theatre and Dance

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Cara Harker

Thesis Professor Department

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Thesis Reader(s)

Melissa Shafer


The Art and Craft of Aerial Dance discusses my personal experiences training and performing aerial dance, along with my study of safe practices in aerial rigging. My journey as a Theatre and Dance Honors-In-Discipline Scholar at East Tennessee State University from 2016-2020, culminated with my senior thesis capstone performance at Azure Aerial Arts on Friday, December 6th, 2019. This exploration into the world of aerial dance began in the spring of 2017 and has not ceased. If anything, the drive and motivation to continue pushing forward despite many obstacles continues to grow and manifest itself into new forms in my life. This drive, and my work as an intern with Night Owl Circus Arts (NOCA) at Azure Aerial Arts over the summer of 2019, propelled me to choose this topic as my final thesis because of all of my accomplishments at ETSU, this is one that I hold nearest and dearest to my heart.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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