Emily Labhart

Producer | Consultant | Mentor

What Moves You? Shaping Your Dissertation in Dance

Back in April 2016 I was invited to contribute to the final chapter of Lise Uytterhoeven and Charlotte Nichol’s new book ‘What Moves You? Shaping Your Dissertation In Dance’ – a guide to help undergraduate dance students write their final projects.

My contribution, entitled ‘Research of Cultural Aspects of Dance Performance’, is based on my experiences of writing my dissertation in 2014, in which I examined the work of Brooklyn-based dance company Urban Bush Women.

Research of Cultural Aspects of Dance Performance, Emily Labhart

Uytterhoeven and Nichol’s book was published in March 2017 and is available for purchase here.


Every dissertation is individual and unique – particularly for dance students, who must combine a wide range of approaches into a tailor-made research methodology.

What Moves You? fosters a creative approach to dissertations and final projects. By guiding the development of a personal study program, this volume encourages dance students to take ownership of their artistic and academic work, a skill essential both to successful undergraduate study, and to making the first steps towards a career in dance.

Rather than propose a prescriptive, step-by-step mantra, Charlotte Nichol and Lise Uytterhoeven draw upon contributions from students, teachers, examiners and practitioners to broaden the notion of ‘research’ and demystify the purpose of the dissertation.


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