Honors in Dance

Honors in Dance can be achieved through a designed project in history, choreography or performance. Invited students begin planning their research in their junior year with a faculty advisor. The entire senior year is devoted to the design, feedback and development of the dance major's creative scholarship.  A committee consisting of dance faculty and at least one outside faculty member evaluate the caliber of the final research project. 

Past honors graduates in dance

2016-2017

Rosie Ditre, Exploring the Process of Translation from Stage to Screen

This project culminated in a film entitled, "Adapt". The film was an exploration of the emerging field of screendance and what it means to produce a new work between camera and choreography.

Cherry Fung, 众|从|人 Trilogy:Translating into Movement the Exploration of a Personal Identity in the Context of a Divided Relationship

This project was a personal investigation on conflicting identities in relation to the political relationship of Beijing and Hong Kong.

Julianna Joss, The Moving Identity:  Explorations in the Body’s Capacity for Communication, Expression and Understanding

This project analyzed the body’s means for communication and identity expression. Through group and solo work, the dancers explored this theme through dimensions of individual identity, the relationships between different individuals' identities, and as a collective.

Clara Guyton_photo by Erin Baker
Clara Guyton performs during her honors concert, 2017 (photo by Erin Baker)

Clara Guyton, Whispered Conversations:  The Act of Making via Translation between Poetry and Dance

This project investigated the boundaries between dance and poetry, as tools for a poem can be utilized as tools for choreography. The performance culminated in a series of five solos, or “treatments,” based off of the same poem, choreographed and performed by Clara Guyton.

Eliza Krakower, Between a Rock and a Jazz Hand: A Personal Journey of Movement Style and the Female Experience

This project explored the intersections of musical theatre, jazz, and modern dance. In addition to an analysis of the female body portrayed in Fosse style dance/traditional musical theatre.

2014-2015

Sarah Freeman, All Being Displaced: Movement Translations of Flannery O’Connor

Freeman explored how the presence or absence of a linear plot structure changes the interpretation of text into dance.

2013-2014

Emily Hammond, A Chorographic Exploration of Site Context

This project culminated in a concert that featured four solos performed by Emily Hammond, live and through film. The solos investigated and analyzed the opportunities afforded to movement by the performance stage and an external site.

2011-2012

Kala Seidenberg, The Effects of External Elements on Choregraphic Works

This project was an investigation of the idea of inherent meaning in choreographic works as well as non-movement elements of a piece and how they affect the context of the work.

Alyssa Bruehlman dances
Alyssa Bruehlman performs during her honors concert, 2010

2009-2010

Alyssa Bruehlman, In Consideration of the Performance

This project examined the fine line between performance and non-performance and included video and a PowerPoint lecture performance.

Kaitlyn Pados, Control to Abandonment: Four Solos Exploring Dynamic Range and Character

This project explored the full spectrum of movement dynamics, and the subtlety of character development through movement.

2008-2009

Ellen Lyle, Investigations of a Choreographic Voice: A Personal Approach to Dance-Making

This project focused on the making of three distinctly different dances with the common theme of relationships, past and present.

Caitlin Yuhas, Connection, Dissension: Physical Interpretations of Antagonism

This project explored making the concept of antagonism through four dances by four choreographers.

2007-2008

Laura Codron, The Embodiment of Character in Dance

This project involved the performance and analysis of four solos which focused on character development in both the choreographic and performance process.

Johnna Wickstrom, A Search for Self in the Process of Creating

This project was a study of the creative process of Pina Bausch, Celeste Miller, and Blondell Cummings, and the implementation of those styles into the student's choregraphic process.

2006-2007

Cara Lynch, Body Language: An Investigation of Relationships Expressed through Dance Using Laban Movement Analysis and the Interpersonal Circumplex

This was a performance and scholarship project that explored the duet form, Laban Movement Analysis, and the interpersonal circumplex

Natalie Metzger, Mindscape of the Pre-Dead

This honors thesis was a choreographic project that focused on the illness of hereditary angiodema.

2005-2006

Jessica Moore, Parliamo al Singolare: An Exploration of the Solo Work

This project was a solo honors thesis concert, a lecture/demonstration that was the result of an extensive investigation into solo works that varied dramatically in form, style, content, and time frame.

2004-2005

Rosanne Benavente, The Weight of Warmth

The Weight of Warmth was a group dance work examining the intensity and range of emotions in an intimate relationship.

Lillian Ransijn, Reviving Ophelia

This honors thesis project investigated the history of dance theater, culminating in a solo dance theater performance of pieces exploring female adolescence.