Date of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Type

Thesis

Department

Exercise Science

Director of Thesis

Jennifer Deckert

Second Reader

André Megerdichian

Abstract

Most collegiate sports athletes participate in compulsory athletic strength and conditioning; however, such requirements are not prevalent in university dance programs. Designed as arts degree programs, most requirements revolve around technique, history, pedagogy, theoretical understandings of composition, rehearsals, dance anatomy, and in certain cognates, education. The growing incorporation and paradigm shift of dance as a sport, as well as an art, supports the inclusion of collegiate dance programs into similar considerations, regulations, and requirements as competitive collegiate sports teams. As such, this is an argument and recommendation for the inclusion of athletic strength and conditioning in collegiate dance programs.

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