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Undergraduate Research in Dance
A Guide for Students

ISBN 9781138484122
Published January 11, 2019 by Routledge
200 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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


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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.


"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