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Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Kevin Williamson

Reader 2

Ronnie Brosterman

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This thesis focuses on the neurobiology of our nervous systems, attachment, and trauma to better understand how touch, movement and dance supports co-regulation of the nervous system, and support trauma-informed methods of care. The research culminates in a choreographed dance for the concert stage, utilizing contact improvisation as the basis for exploring theoretical inquiry through embodied experience. The theoretical framework for my dance is grounded in social neuroscience, psycho-somatic and dance therapy scholarship. The choreographic approach centers dance as a feminist, political practice, and critical form of resistance. In the formalized work, Contact Improvisation techniques, the cast’s individual curiosities, sense of play, improvisation and attentiveness to collaborative partnerships will take center stage.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.