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Undergraduate Research in Dance

A Guide for Students, 1st Edition

By Lynnette Young Overby, Jenny Olin Shanahan, Gregory Young


182 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Undergraduate Research in Dance: A Guide for Students supplies tools for scaffolding research skills alongside examples of undergraduate research in dance scholarship. 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. Students will learn skills such as how to choose a research topic, refine research questions, conduct literature reviews, cite sources, synthesize and analyze data, develop conclusions and results, and present their findings. Chapters 10–19 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. The book also includes a final chapter which provides 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.

Suitable for both professors and students, Undergraduate Research in Dance is an ideal reference book for any course that has a significant opportunity for the creation of new knowledge, or as an essential interdisciplinary connection between dance and other disciplines.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Series Foreword




List of Contributors

  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

  10. Dance/Movement Therapy

    Sharon W. Goodill

  11. Interdisciplinary Projects

    Lynnette Young Overby

  12. Public Scholarship and Dance

    Lynnette Young Overby

  13. Choreography as Original Research

    Lynnette Young Overby

  14. Cultural Studies in Dance

    Lynnette Young Overby

  15. The Discovery of Knowledge in Dance History

    Lynnette Young Overby

  16. Dance Science

    Rachel M. Delauder

  17. Psychological and Cognitive Aspects of Dance

    Lynnette Young Overby

  18. Application and activation: choreography interacting with digital media

    Mary Lynn Babcock

  19. Dance Education

    Lynnette Young Overby, Lucy Font and Megan LaMotte

  20. OnLine Resources

    April Singleton and Lynnette Young Overby


About the Authors

Lynnette Young Overby is Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of Delaware and serves as Director of Research for Dance and the Child International. She has organized poster sessions for the National Dance Education Organization for several years.

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

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

About the Series

Routledge Undergraduate Research Series

The Routledge Undergraduate Research Series was created to guide students and faculty, particularly in the arts and humanities, working on a wide variety of research and creative projects. After a brief overview, chapters on the research process common to all disciplines follow, and then several chapters that pertain specifically to the discipline. The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research have expanded annually since 1987 to about 4,000 participants. The British Conference on Undergraduate Research has been an annual event since 2011, and the World Congress on Undergraduate Research started in 2016, demonstrating the relevancy of this movement in our changing higher education curriculum.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / General