Campus Access Only

All rights reserved. This publication is intended for use solely by faculty, students, and staff of University of the Pacific. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, now known or later developed, including but not limited to photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the author or the publisher.

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Connor Sutton

Second Advisor

John Casserly

First Committee Member

Glen Albaugh

Second Committee Member

Juanita Curtis

Third Committee Member

Bob Knighton


The aesthetic awareness of dance can be experienced by most people. Dancing is both interesting and stimulating to those who can share its common interest. Dance provides them with a chance to tone muscles and acquire better body control while keeping physically fit. It allows those individuals to release tensions, frustrations, and anxieties and yet to experience creativity and enjoyment. Elizabeth Haynes and Margery Turner, among others, have discussed dance as a self-expressional art form.

Now students’ attitudes are affected by the opportunity to perform is related in part to the manner in which teachers are able to motivate students during daily class activities. It is suggested that factors such as coordination, kinesthetic awareness, aesthetic response, teacher-student relationships and dance performances are elements which cause different students to react in different ways in the classroom.

In the interviews cited in the Introduction, the following questions were posed relative to gaining the best results from teaching dane: (1) What are students’ attitudes toward dance?; (2) What areas of dance will the students enjoy most in class?; (3) Are students interested in performing publicly?; (4) Does a student’s classroom performances increase when given a chance to perform before an audience outside of class?; (5) Does a student’s dance background have any bearing on her classroom performance?





Rights Statement

Rights Statement

No Known Copyright. URI:
The organization that has made the Item available reasonably believes that the Item is not restricted by copyright or related rights, but a conclusive determination could not be made. Please refer to the organization that has made the Item available for more information. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.