Date of Defense




First Advisor

Jennifer Stouffer

Second Advisor

Sharon Garber

Third Advisor

Nina Nelson


A dancer is accustomed to moving in a variety of ways - - leaping, kicking, turning, and using one's arms and torso to dance. In October of 1999,1 began taking lessons in Tae Kwon Do at Chung's Black Belt Academy in Kalamazoo, MI. Immediately, I noticed many similarities between the kicks, punches, and leaps taught in Tae Kwon Do and those used in dance classes. I observed that, in Tae Kwon Do, sharp and strong movements are emphasized. Since these two areas are my weak points in dance, I was intrigued by the possibility of whether the practice of Tae Kwon Do would have a positive effect on my dancing.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only