Date of Award


Access Restriction

Campus Access only theses

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



School or College

College of Communication and Fine Arts

First Advisor

Damon Rago

Second Advisor

Judy Scalin

Third Advisor

Lillian Barbeito


I, Elisabeth Wolf, am studying my growth over the last four years and how my findings will influence the projection of my performing career through my Senior Thesis Project. I am specifically focusing on six pieces that I have performed during my college career that stand out to have provided me with the most growth and evolution. Through continually reflecting and fervently questioning what movement means to me, I have developed a thesis that not only depicts my growth as an artist and a performer in my college life, but also a thesis that will continue growing after graduation from Loyola Marymount University and into the adventure that lies before me with a professional dance career.

I have certain goals that I hope to succeed through the work of this thesis that extend out into my everyday life. I hope to be able to say that I am sincerely happy with my life and that I am always learning, never stuck in a place of comfort and too much security and safety. I want to always be pursuing and reaching for new opportunities, even if I feel I am not quite ready for them or feel I do not have the time to dedicate myself to; in the end everything happens for a reason and it will all work out. With the reflection and research embedded in the thesis, artistic goals and cognitive goals will be achieved and developed throughout the year. I hope to develop an increasingly diverse palette of expression-dramatic, abstract, rhythmically-musically different. I hope to identify with greater clarity a unique skill set and natural gives and natural movement signature. I hope to be able to integrate my character and personality into my movement so as to connect on a human level with the audience by incorporating eye contact while I dance. Cognitively, I hope to gain the ability to apply critical theory and analysis to the experience of dancing in a variety of works over a range of time. I will practice speaking about performances, movements, and historical influences with my professors to be able to clearly speak my opinions in an articulate, intellectual, and thoughtful way that includes vocabulary I have learned and developed through composition classes. I will keep a daily journal where I can record thoughts and breakthroughs I experience in all of my dance classes.