Honors Senior Theses/Projects


Jade M. Mong

Date of Award


Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project


Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Prof. Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks


This project centers around the creation of a dance film about my sister and I. Though this piece was originally intended for the stage, the pandemic changed my plans and forced me to adapt it into a dance film. This thesis describes my process as I attempted to adapt my original piece into a dance film, as well as examining the influences which made this work possible. In this thesis, I examined the artistic influences which brought me to who I am as a choreographer today, paying homage to the pioneers of modern dance who inspired generations of dancers like myself. In addition, I included a brief history of the relationship between dance and film, and the benefits and challenges which come with putting dance on film. All of this research and background information lays the groundwork for my summary of my creative process, and my reflections on the work and process. Ultimately, this project is about my personal creative process and journey. Through writing this thesis, I was able to analyze my work and my process thoroughly, and learned more about the process of creating a dance film and how to improve when I create my next work.