Date of Award

5-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Dance (MFA)

Department

Dance

Advisor

Juanita Suarez

Graduate Program Director

Mariah Maloney

Abstract

This study examines the shift of a personal aesthetic value in dance through experiencing the different dance educations and cultures in the different countries. Through the demonstration of the dance education I obtained in both China and the United States, I aim to illustrate why and how my previous aesthetics in dance and choreography were developed and expanded. In Chapter two, it demonstrates a circular theory that I observed from the study of Chinese classical dance and American modem dance. Through deep analysis of the different dance training systems, aesthetics, and cultures, I explained why these two types of dance look differently although a circular motion similarly exists in both of the dance styles. The observation of Laban Movement Analysis furthered my research as it developed my acknowledgment of a circular theory and how it aesthetically and culturally influenced me as an international artist. Through observing the movement qualities, space harmony, and choreographic procedures in different sections in the dance work Time Line, Space Point, I illustrated how my re-determination of aesthetic value in dance has been changed through a visual demonstration.

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