Thesis/Capstone Guidelines

The Department of Theater and Dance offers multiple options for a capstone project culminating studies in Dance. Please see the Academic Requirements as listed in the catalog for more details: Dance Academic Program.

Below is a guide to choosing a direction for the final Thesis/Capstone project with the specific requirements and expectations related to each option.

Capstone Portfolio

Capstone Portfolio

This option is for Double Majors or who are completing their W3 requirements elsewhere.

Eleven (11) Credits with no thesis credit.

2 creative process

2 cultural context

2 physical practice credits

3 additional dance electives

1 theater credit

1 other art (BDF, Theater and Dance, Music, AVC, and various arts-related options in other departments and programs in consultation with your advisor.)

Evidence of 2 faculty, guest artist, or thesis performance projects or alternative significant performing experience in consultation with your advisor.

The Portfolio consists of:
  • Personal Statement Essay (8-10 pages). A comprehensive synthesis of the culmination of your Bates dance education and how that experience relates to other studies or to life philosophy and skills beyond the field of dance.
  • Dance CV
  • Dance reel including 3-5 performance events.
  • List of all classes related to studies in dance (including those not in major) with annotation of how those classes contribute to knowledge and understanding of dance.
  • Bibliography of featured dance and related works read, seen, and participated in

All of these items in your portfolio are delivered on a personal website which can be rudimentary for these purposes but gets you started on having a professional web presence.

Written Thesis

Written Thesis

Eleven (11) credits: 10  credits plus one W3 thesis credit.

2 creative process credits

2 cultural context credits

2 physical practice credits

2 additional dance electives

1 theater production, design, or acting credit

1 other art (BDF, Theater and Dance, Music, AVC, and various arts-related options in other departments and programs in consultation with your advisor.)

1 thesis

Evidence of 2 faculty, guest artist,  or thesis performance projects or alternative significant performing experience in consultation with your advisor.

Thesis consists of a semester-long research project culminating in a substantial written document showing a synthesis of the dance curriculum, an excellent understanding of the chosen topic, and demonstration of appropriate academic writing in dance studies.

Performance Thesis

Performance Thesis

Twelve (12) credits: 11 credits plus one W3 thesis credit

Normally available only in the Fall semester in conjunction with DANC 253.

3 creative process credits including taking DANC 253 twice

2 cultural context credits

2 physical practice credits

1 Bates Dance Festival credit

1 Dance technique or additional 253 credit in consultation with your advisor

1 theater production, design, or acting credit

1 other art (BDF, Theater and Dance, Music, AVC, and various arts-related options in other departments and programs in consultation with your advisor.)

1 thesis

Evidence of 2 faculty or thesis performance projects or alternative significant performing experience in consultation with your advisor.

Thesis consists of a substantial individual performance event created by faculty or guest choreographers, supported by a written performance research project in relation to the piece performed. To be designed by the student in consultation with your advisor. Normally the performance project would be 80% of the grade with the written portion at 20% but other distributions are encouraged in consultation with advisor.

Choreographic Thesis

Choreographic Thesis

Twelve (12) credits: 11 credits plus one W3 thesis credit

Normally available only in the Fall semester in conjunction with DANC 253.

3 creative process credits including taking DANC 253 twice

2 cultural context credits

2 physical practice credits

1 Bates Dance Festival credit

1 Dance technique or additional 253 credit in consultation with advisor

1 theater production, design, or acting credit

1 other art (BDF, Theater and Dance, Music, AVC, and various arts-related options in other departments and programs in consultation with your advisor.)

1 thesis

Evidence of 2 faculty or thesis performance projects or alternative significant performing experience in consultation with your advisor.

Thesis consists of a substantial individual performance event created by faculty or guest choreographers, supported by a written performance research project in relation to the piece performed. To be designed by the student in consultation with your advisor. Normally the performance project would be 80% of the grade with the written portion at 20% but other distributions are encouraged in consultation with advisor.