Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


Theatre and Dance

Document Type



Tap dancing was one of the first dance forms created here in America. It is a perfect representation of the mosaic that is America because tap dancing is the fusion of dances brought to this country by slaves and immigrants. This fusion has been passed down from generation to generation and evolves every day. When it was created, it was used in celebrations; later it was used in musicals and variety shows to entertain; now it stands on its own in concert setting and conveys stories, shows emotions, and still entertains.

I have created four tap dances; each is different in the story it tells or the emotions it portrays. I will present them in a concert form to entertain and show the audience that tap dancing can move one emotionally just as other art forms do.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Professor Amanda Clark


Dance | Fine Arts | Theatre and Performance Studies