Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

Dr. Janet Stillwell

Second Advisor

Dr. Beverly David

Third Advisor

Dr. Eugene Mills

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This thesis compares selected critical writings of Jean-Georges Noverre and Theophile Gautier and the impact these writings have had on dance and dancers. It also illustrates that the influence of these writings helped to shape the attitudes of the public concerning dance.

Research included primary sources, Noverre's Letters on Dancing and the Ballets and Gautier's The Romantic Ballet, and secondary sources which related to the specific area of dance. This study has contributed to the literature concerning Noverre and Gautiur and has examined their influence from their lives to the present time.