Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Steven Lipkin

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Pagel

Third Advisor

Dr. Steven Rhodes

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study investigates whether a dance choreographer's lack of knowledge of film, television, or video theory and technology, particularly the capabilities of the camera and montage, restricts choreographic communication via these media.

First, several film and television choreographers were surveyed. Second, the literature was analyzed to determine the evolution of dance on film and television (from the choreographers' perspective). Third, shooting and editing theories that maximize kinesthesis were examined.

Three primary conclusions were drawn: (1) Historically, choreographers of critically acclaimed film or television products seemed to understand major principles for shooting and montage; (2) choreographers who expanded their knowledge of film or television production theory and technology tended to assume more control over directing and editing; and (3) most of the surveyed choreographers perceived the communicative value of their dances to increase with their increased participation in aspects of production other than dance. Five secondary conclusions describe desirable conditions for quality dance and film, television, or video productions.