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Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Aaron Anderson


An overwhelming number of contemporary adolescents struggle with difficult issues. Many of these problems are socially related whereas others can be directly related to the degradation of the family unit. Among the most damaging of issues is distorted body image, which infect youth, often causing them to communicate aggressively, and even landing them in compromising situations. I have sought to challenge my students to redefine themselves through expressive movement and the creation of abstract rhythmic sounds. In teaching these techniques, I have given my former students the means to combat negative thoughts and actions, as well as an excellent tool for self-discovery. In leading a number of workshops targeted to specific populations, I have taught an innovative technique of movement expression that replaces the spoken word, thereby allowing an individual to unlock the previously undiscovered power of his/her body.


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Date of Submission

August 2010