I want to include a note of thanks to so many people who've helped me!
Thanks to my performers: To Marissa for being my guinea pig last semester and offering her gifts and sweet energy. To Molly for the same, and her perceptive feedback, questions, and perspective this semester. To Chelsea for sticking with me all year, even after I fumbled through my first semester of choreography, and for offering her willingness to share her beautiful improvisation anew each performance. To Camille for being a brave minor and auditioning and always taking my changes and requests so kindly- I hope you do everything you want to in this program, because you can! To Lydia for enthusiastically joining us with all her interest and willingness to engage!
Thanks to my teachers: To Neta for becoming my USP mentor when I asked a year ago, and for her questions, suggestions, rehearsal visits, extra conversations, and especially for encouraging me when I was afraid to break out of my proposal, but realized that's where it was going! To KO for her support through comp classes and for offering a kind word and genuine advice any time I've asked an opinion. To Andreas, for taking me into your lab and always being so kind and cheerful, for sharing your enthusiasm in my stretching of these two disciplines and offering me a connection to the inside scoop at CSEA.
To my fellow dancers, thanks for accepting me as a pseudo-dance major, and for encouraging me to share myself in my solo, which is what kept me going through the challenges of this project.
Also, always thanks to my parents who encouraged me to dance in the first place and have always assumed I can accomplish anything I want to. Thanks to my friends and congregation members who came to the showcase to see my work!