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The meaning and movement of colors

This project was designed to create a dance performance which focused on research based choreography while portraying the historical, cultural and emotional significance of color. Various activities were used in order to help dancers gain a greater sense of self confidence in dance and performance. The author hoped to prove that by educating a student dancer holistically including the mental, physical, and emotional aspects of dance, the end product or dance performance would be significantly enhanced. This project aimed to show that by engaging a student in the creative process through research, creative activities, and peer collaboration, a more emotionally committed performance would be created. 
 Research for this project was conducted in several fields. First, literature pertaining to current educational trends and alternative practices was studied and reviewed. Educational theorists such as Dewey and Arnstine provided a base from which further conclusions on education could be formed. Next, the author researched methods of dance pedagogy and philosophies from respected dance professionals. Finally, research was conducted to explore the connotations of color from various historical and cultural perspectives. 
 The creative process used when producing a project such as “Colors” was extremely important and directly related to the quality of the end product. The research based approach used to create choreography led to a diverse body of works which challenged the dancers both physically and mentally. Activities designed to promote focus and self confidence were just as essential as activities designed to gain higher extensions and greater balance. This holistic approach to training resulted in a significantly enhanced end performance.

Project (M.A., Education (Curriculum and Instruction)) -- California State University, Sacramento, 2010.

This project was designed to create a dance performance which focused on research based choreography while portraying the historical, cultural and emotional significance of color. Various activities were used in order to help dancers gain a greater sense of self confidence in dance and performance. The author hoped to prove that by educating a student dancer holistically including the mental, physical, and emotional aspects of dance, the end product or dance performance would be significantly enhanced. This project aimed to show that by engaging a student in the creative process through research, creative activities, and peer collaboration, a more emotionally committed performance would be created. Research for this project was conducted in several fields. First, literature pertaining to current educational trends and alternative practices was studied and reviewed. Educational theorists such as Dewey and Arnstine provided a base from which further conclusions on education could be formed. Next, the author researched methods of dance pedagogy and philosophies from respected dance professionals. Finally, research was conducted to explore the connotations of color from various historical and cultural perspectives. The creative process used when producing a project such as “Colors” was extremely important and directly related to the quality of the end product. The research based approach used to create choreography led to a diverse body of works which challenged the dancers both physically and mentally. Activities designed to promote focus and self confidence were just as essential as activities designed to gain higher extensions and greater balance. This holistic approach to training resulted in a significantly enhanced end performance.

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