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Date of Award
Department or Program Affiliation
Master of Arts (MA)
Young, Kathleen Z.
This ethnographic study of a dance collective in Bellingham, Washington, took place between December 2022 and March 2023. Methods included participant observation, interviews, and analysis. I interviewed dancers about their personal dance histories, their participation in the collective, and their reflections on the ways dancing and the collective shapes their lives. Interviewees reflected on the individual embodied experience associated with movement and dance, a collection of bodies dancing together, becoming the dance, something more than the individual self, a collective. The theoretical frameworks guiding this research are intersectional feminism and phenomenological. In data analysis, common themes of personal practice, wellbeing, community, and dancing with the senses are explored.
Identity, Community, Wellbeing, Embodiment, Dance, Contemporary Dance
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Dance; Identity (Psychology); Communities; Well-being; Ethnology
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Smyth, Elizabeth, "Embodied Narratives: An Exploration of Dance Through Identity, Community, and Wellbeing" (2023). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1259.