Advisor

Minton, Sandra L.

Committee Member

O'Connell-Black, Christy

Department

Dance E

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

12-2017

Genre

Thesis

Extent

80 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore whether a dance improvisation curriculum could help young women strengthen their negotiating skills. Research identifies skills such as confidence, problem solving, creativity, listening, and collaboration as necessary to successful negotiation. This project examined whether students could learn these critical negotiation skills through dance improvisation. More broadly, it assessed the benefits of a dance improvisation practice and how those benefits can apply to everyday life outside of the dance classroom. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were used to analyze data in this study. The following instrumentation resulted in data that were analyzed qualitatively: pre- and post-test, post test reflection, student journal, and exit questionnaire. The following instruments were used to collect data that were analyzed quantitatively: pre- and post-survey and pre- and post-director evaluation rubric. The data suggest that the curriculum cultivated a negotiation skillset and appeared to have a positive impact on the students as developing artists, community members, and leaders.

Degree type

MA

Degree Name

Master

Local Identifiers

StrangThesis2017

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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