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First Advisor

Sarah Summy

Second Advisor

Nina Nelson


This ethnomethodology study explores the historical and current context of dance in Senegal compared to the United States Midwest. The goal of this study is to identify the role dance plays in a global society by answering two research questions. First, what is the role of dance in traditional ceremonies in Senegal compared to the U.S. Midwest? Second, what impact does globalization have on the role of dance within a culture? The comparative analysis between the United States Midwest and West Africa was constructed through a series of ethnographic observations and interviews in a variety of settings. The study concludes with describing the comparison of the functions of incorporating dance in traditional ceremonies and an explanation of how globalization affects traditional dance culture.

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