Coming Out : An Exploration of Fassinger’s Model of Sexual Identity Through Jazz Dance
Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
College of the Arts
Theatre and Dance
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Members of the LGBTQ+ community go through an internal process by which they come to terms with their sexual identity. Ruth Fassinger presents a model comprised of four stages by which queer individuals experience this revelation. My thesis aims to document this journey through jazz dance and based on my own personal experiences as a queer person. In creating this project, I employed my knowledge of jazz dance, its history and evolution, music and color theories, and I took inspiration from the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft. In this written thesis, I document the steps of the creative process that includes not only the methodology and research behind the project, but my personal perspective and how those ties contributed to the overall outcome of the presentation.
McCarthy, Michael, "Coming Out : An Exploration of Fassinger’s Model of Sexual Identity Through Jazz Dance" (2022). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 1003.
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