Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2016 Ella S Wilson
This thesis examines the psychological processes dancers experience while learning choreography through a phenomenological hermeneutic lens. This investigation took place at Scripps College Dance Department where I composed a choreographic work to explore the outer expressivity of internal experiences. By measuring psychological experiences of flow, the research identifies when dancers do or do not experience positive mental states of being in flow while engaged in the choreographic process of making concert dance. Data was collected using the Event Experience Scale (FSS-2) and the Performance Competency Evaluation Measure (PCEM), as well as additional comments from the participants. This thesis challenges the notion that the psychological experiences of creating dance cannot be investigated qualitatively.
Wilson, Ella, "Inner Connectivity and Outward Expressivity: A Phenomenological Investigation of Dancers' Psychological Experiences" (2016). Scripps Senior Theses. 813.
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