Be Apart or Be A Part : An Exploration of the Circle Dance Form as a Means for Human Connection and Healing
Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
College of the Arts
Theatre and Dance
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Christian von Howard
When human beings dance side by side in unison, participants often experience a sense of community, connection, and healing. Specifically, the circle dance form crosses cultures, extends beyond generations, and brings unity to a community by eliminating the need for social hierarchies. Circle dances occur to mark special occasions and are a valued element in most dance forms. Participants who are unfamiliar with dance can feel a part of the group because of the simple movement patterns and structures that make the circle dance accessible for all. This thesis utilizes the circle dance form as a tool to foster greater confidence in untrained dancers, to generate new movements reflective of shared humanity, and to explore the healing and connection that is offered through the physical act of joining in a circle.
White, Stephanie R., "Be Apart or Be A Part : An Exploration of the Circle Dance Form as a Means for Human Connection and Healing" (2022). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 1043.
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