Senior Capstone Guidelines

The senior capstone project is the product of artistic and scholarly work of high academic quality.


Junior Year

First week of April
Submit a statement of intent for your senior capstone project to the chair of the department. The statement should include the following:

  • Clearly state what the project is, how you plan to accomplish the work, and why it is important. 
  • Clearly state your choreographic process, concepts and influences to your proposed work.  List courses, previous independent work and so forth.
  • Include a bibliography with readings, articles, performances, choreographers and other research.

Complete a large portion of research for your project, investigating but not limiting yourself to, readings, choreographic viewings, dance classes, performance attendance, choreographic workshops, musical scores and choreographic plans.

Fall of Senior Year

Register for the 2-credit D390 senior capstone course. 

Last week of October
Participate in the choreographic showing for all senior projects.  Present a log documenting rehearsal time and a draft of your research completed thus far.

Register for the spring 2-credit D390 senior capstone course.

Participate in the choreographic showing for all senior projects. Present a log documenting rehearsal time and a draft of your research completed thus far.

Senior Concert

First week of April
Submit a draft of your final paper.  This draft should be between five and ten pages.

Fourth Week of April
The final paper for capstone projects is due.  Submit a DVD of your choreography to the department chair.

Capstone Options in Dance:

  1. Theory/Research
    The most important components of a capstone in dance theory are the quality of the research, the originality of the thinking, the ability to link the work to theoretical issues of importance in the field, and the quality of the writing.
  2. Original Choreography
    Students selecting to present choreography must take a minimum of two levels of composition courses.  The project must demonstrate a theoretical component related to the field of research, the question, historical inquiry and relevance to current trends or historical trends in choreography.  

It is the responsibility of the student to independently pursue the goals described in her project proposal.

In rare instances a capstone project will be considered for thesis work.  A standard thesis choreographic project consists of a fifteen to twenty-minute choreographic work presented on a concert in March and a minimum of a 25-page paper. A non-choreographic project is 50 to 75 pages in length.