Re-envisioning Sections of Anything Goes to Address Gender Identity

Date of Award


Document Type

MSU-Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


College of the Arts


Theatre and Dance

Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair

Elizabeth McPherson

Committee Member

Laurie Abramson

Committee Member

Trebien Pollard


Societal norms regarding gender identification are shifting from traditional binary designations to a broader array of these. Musical dance theatre is among the many artistic forms demonstrating the change. This paper will demonstrate that the shift has early roots and a strong presence in dance over the decades since the turn of the century with the true change being the increasing acceptance of society at large. It will also document how the growing acceptance has affected musical theatre production themes/re-creations, performer skill/style, choreography, and dance educators’ teaching challenges and opportunities. Finally, it will address how the latter group must adapt standard approaches to dance education and instruction to meet the inclusive-minded student generation of today and likely tomorrow.


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Barros, Laurena_Redacted.pdf (726 kB)
PDF file of thesis

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