2nd Edition

Undergraduate Research in Dance A Guide for Students

    224 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Undergraduate Research in Dance: A Guide for Students supplies tools for scaffolding research skills, alongside examples of undergraduate research in dance scholarship. This second edition has been updated throughout for current students, with new chapters on mentoring and dance studies.


    Dance can be studied as an expressive embodied art form with physical, cognitive, and affective domains, and as an integral part of society, history, and vast areas of interdisciplinary content. To this end, the guidance provided by this book will equip future dance professionals with the means to move the field of dance forward. Chapters 1–9 guide students through the fundamentals of research methods, providing a foundation to help students get started in understanding research protocols and processes. A new chapter 10 provides guidelines for mentoring undergraduate students in dance.  Chapters 11–21 detail forms of undergraduate research in a rich diversity of fields within dance that are taught in many collegiate dance programs including dance therapy, history, science, psychology, education, and technology, in addition to public scholarship, choreography, and interdisciplinary topics. A new chapter on Dance Studies has been added to this second edition. The book also includes annotated online resources, and many of its chapters are supported by examples of abstracts of capstone projects, senior theses, and conference presentations by undergraduate researchers across the United States and globally.


    Suitable for both professors and students, this book is an ideal reference book for dance studies as well as humanities and arts courses intersecting with dance.

    1.     Overview

    Lynnette Young Overby and Gregory Young

    2.     Literature Reviews

    Jenny Olin Shanahan

    3.     Choosing Topics and Formulating Appropriate Research Questions or Project Goals

    Jenny Olin Shanahan

    4.     Working with Human Subjects

    Jenny Olin Shanahan

    5.     Collecting Data

    Jenny Olin Shanahan

    6.     Analyzing and Synthesizing Data

    Jenny Olin Shanahan

    7.     Arts-Based Research in Dance

    Ann-Thomas Moffett

    8.     Citing Sources

    Jenny Olin Shanahan

    9.     Dissemination of Results

    Jenny Olin Shanahan and Gregory Young

    10.  Mentoring

    Lynnette Young Overby and Douglas Risner

    11.  Dance Therapy

    Sharon W. Goodill 

    12.  Interdisciplinary Projects

    Lynnette Young Overby

    13.   Public Scholarship and Dance

    Lynnette Young Overby

    14.  Choreography as Research

    Lynnette Young Overby

    15.  Dance Studies

    Monica J. Cameron Frichtel and Ellen Gerdes

    16.  Cultural Studies in Dance

    Lynnette Young Overby

    17.  The Discovery of Knowledge in Dance History

    Lynnette Young Overby and Colleen Hooper

    18.  Dance Science

    Rachel DeLauder

    19.  Psychological and Cognitive Aspects of Dance

    Lynnette Young Overby

    20.  Application and activation: choreography interacting with digital media

    Mary Lynn Babcock

    21.  Dance Education

    Lynnette Young Overby, Lucy Font and Megan LaMotte

    22.  On- Line Resources

    April Singleton, Marissa Jackson and Lynnette Young Overby


    Lynnette Young Overby is Professor of Theatre and Dance (retired) at the University of Delaware, USA, and currently a Research Associate with the Arnhold Institute for Dance Education, Research, Policy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA. She is also past Director of Research for dance and the Child international. Overby has co-organized poster sessions for the National Dance Education Organization for several years.


    Gregory Young is Professor Music at Montana State University, USA, and has held ongoing posts in conferences of undergraduate research and in curriculum development.


    Jenny Olin Shanahan is Assistant Provost for High Impact Practices at Bridgewater State University, USA, and has held numerous leadership roles with the Council for Undergraduate Research.

    Praise for the first edition:

    "This text supports current best practices in dance research and education, and I recommend it both as an introduction to undergraduate students and as a pedagogical resource for instructors." 

    Edward C.Warburton, National Dance Education Organisation