Applied Project and Research Article

Applied Project




For my senior applied project I will be choreographing, directing, and performing in a music video. The music video will be the story of “Little Red Riding Hood”, but as a contemporary hip-hop dance with dub-step music. I will be dancing the part of Little Red Riding Hood, and I will have three other characters; the Wolf, Grandma, and the Hunter. I will be filming in the woods behind Langdon Woods. The video will be put on YouTube for the public to watch and enjoy.


Goals of This Project:


I am going to really challenge myself with this project. I am eager to learn more about what it is like to create a piece on camera on a film set instead of a stage and no audience. With this project I will explore the differences between dancing on film and dancing on a stage. I know I will be very intrigued by the technological differences as well in terms of; lighting, set design, camera angles, audio, etc.


How I Will Deliver This Project:


I will present this video on a projector or smart board during the time that all student projects will be presented. I will have to get in contact with the person in charge of the event to make sure they will have either a projector or a smart board.




This is a very exciting project for me and I will be using a lot of high quality material and tools for this project. I will be using a very expensive camera to get the best video I can get. This is a project that I have wanted to do for a while. I like to say that my major teaches me how to be my own boss and lets me make my own decisions and this project will allow me to do that. Everything will be up to me and I get to make up everything that I do.


Time Line:


Finish music for first track – Feb 24th

Assign Cast – Feb 24th

Choreograph first number – March 3rd

Finish music for second track – March 3rd

Have cameras and camera men organized and prepared – March 6th

Choreograph second number – March 10th

Finish Costume Renderings – March 10th

Photo shoot promotion – March 20th

Finish music for third track – March 24th

Have all costumes created – March 31st

Teach second number to Carly (who’s playing the Wolf) – April 4th

Choreograph third number – April 5th

Finish music for fourth and fifth track – April 5th

Choreograph fourth and fifth number – April 7th

Teach the rest of the choreography – April 12th

Film the video – April 22nd and April 23rd



Research Article




For my research article I will be researching about the creativity and organization process between directors and choreographers of commercial dance and music videos. My article will include information about how they come up with their ideas and what is involved in putting together these pieces. Who do they need to communicate with? What needs to be done before rehearsals even start?




A lot of people forget about the passion and thought process and artistry that goes behind all of the work put into making these creations to entertain everybody out there not just people who are interested in dance and theater. My goal is to keep spreading creativity throughout my generation and to teach people how important artistry and talent is in our entertainment business.




My paper will include at least three different choreographer and director “pairs”. Each music video that I will use as examples will all vary in genres. These jobs are the definition of interdisciplinary. The entertainment business has many interdisciplinary jobs such as these. They don’t require you to be just a dancer, or just and actor. This business wants to see versatile people that can; direct, teach, create, and write, etc. I will learn a lot about the business that I will be going into.




Have all of my sources from articles, books, and documentaries – March 4th

Start my basic structure of my article – March 11th

Get all of my pictures that I will use in my article and source them – March 18th

Finish my first draft – April 1st

Blog about my soon- to-be-published article – April 8th

Finish my second draft – April 15th

Finish final draft – April 29th

Submit final draft to Eport – May 1st


Research Article and Applied Project Ideas

Research Article Ideas:

  1. My first idea would be to research how different dance companies started their programs and compare them to each other. This would include the disciplines of dance, marketing, and communications. A challenge would be to get a hold of the dance company founders and ask them what their personal struggles were.
  2. My next idea would be to research different musical theater choreographers and how they each advertised themselves in order to get jobs. This would include the disciplines of dance, theater, and marketing. Musical theater dance is my strongest style of dance and I have taken many classes that include dance composition. A huge challenge would be to explain to people who are not dancers and not musical theater people how getting these jobs work because it’s much different than any other business.
  3. The next idea I have would be to research how directors and choreographers construct their music videos. This would include dance, theater, theater design, and writing. Dancing on film is something that I’ve always wanted to learn more about but that’s also going to be the biggest challenge for me because there is so much about cinematography and technology that I don’t know about.
  4. My next idea would be to research what alumni dancer/interdisc majors from PSU have done and compare them and their paths that they have taken and also compare their strengths and skills to mine. This would be really exciting to me because I have gotten in touch with a few alumni dancers and they have taken many jobs that I would be very interested in. A challenge would be as well as my second idea, explaining in writing the life of a dancer and making sure people somewhat understand it.
  5. My last idea would be to research how older stories have been translated into modern art, not just dance. This would include dance, theater, theater design, and writing. For instance, I could research how the writers of “Beauty and the Beat” came up the the idea and structured it. A huge challenge would be just like my first idea, getting in touch with the people that were involved of finding any information about them at all.

Applied Project Ideas:

  1. My first idea would be to make a music video with contemporary hip-hop and modern dance based off a fairy-tale (which will probably end up being “Little Red Riding Hood” but I haven’t decided yet.) This will be very excited for me so I have a video of my work that will look very professional and I can upload it online. The disciplines that I will use will include dance, theater, theater design, writing, and communications. It will be very difficult because I’ve never directed a film before and I will have to decide if I am going to try and collaborate with someone from the Video Club.
  2. My second idea would be to choreograph a dance and perform it somewhere and maybe try and make it a fundraiser for charity. This would add a step to what I usually do when I choreograph because this would involve me handling money which would also be a huge challenge. This would involve dance and marketing.
  3. My next idea would be to organize an event where I teach classes to children of different ages all day. This would be exciting for me to do because my teaching skills is something that I have been eager to improve on. The disciplines would include dance and marketing. I think the biggest challenge I would have is to find a place to hold the classes.
  4. The next idea I have is to make a zumba work out video. This would be very fun for me to do because fitness has always been something that I am very passionate about. The disciplines would include dance, marketing, and communications. A challenge would be to find people that are willing to be a part of the work out video with me.
  5. The last idea I have is to write to put together a magazine that is all about the performing arts. This would include everything in my major dance, theater, theater design, writing, business, and communications. This would be very exciting to me because I love researching about famous dancers, and musicals, and history of the performing arts, but I would also have to decide if I want to write all the articles and how I would publish this and if I want to collaborate with a graphic designer.

My Interdisciplinary Studies Application Essay.

Dance and Theatrical Design

Amara Decker

The name of my program is Dance and Theatrical Design. In this program, I will study dance technique and artistry, the elements of theater and theater design, theatrical script writing, and the skills to market myself to future employers. I created this program because of my passion for performing. Dance is an art that I have been studying my entire life, and theater is another passion of mine that I believe is crucial for dancers to have a significant amount of knowledge in. My experiences in dance theater have led me to many hopes and dreams for the future. Ever since I was little, I have always been the one to want to put on the dance recitals, musicals or plays myself. The path that I plan to take includes being a part of a theatrical production company. I would like to work as a production manager for a dance company, or maybe be on a production team that produces plays for the stage. All of these disciplines integrate together and will help prepare me for my future plans as a producer.

As a dancer, I know that it is important to develop strong technique in all types of advanced dance. Taking DN 3367 Advanced Ballet, DN 3260 ST: Advanced Jazz, DN 3260 ST: Advanced Tap, DN 3270 Advanced Modern Dance, and DN 3200 Dance Styles For Musical Theater are all challenging classes that improve my technique for future dancing engagements. The next class I wish to include is DN 3320 Dance Composition. This will help me create my own dance pieces for the future when I choreograph for a profession and work as part of the company’s production team.

For my theater classes, I plan on including TH 1600 Introduction to Theater, which will teach me about the various arts involved in play production from the audience’s point of view. In this class I will learn about the significant roles and elements of theater such as scripts, theater structure, scenery, costume, lighting, makeup, and acting. Another theater class I plan on incorporating into my contract is TH 3160 Stage Movement. This class will help me understand the importance of how artists move about the stage and how it is used in every theatrical experience. The last theater class I am taking is TH 2230 American Musical Theater (WRCO). This class is a writing class that has also helped improve my knowledge on previous musicals that have changed how we see theater today. The curriculum in this class also helped me shape the current styles of theater that are being produced today. All of these theater and dance classes contribute to creating new ideas for future performances I will want to produce on the stage.

To further my knowledge in theater design, TH 2540 Introduction to Theater Design and TH 3300 Design for the Theater are the two most important classes that will prepare me for future jobs, but TH 2600 Fundamentals of Costume Construction will also be a very useful class to take that will open up more job opportunities. TH2500 Stagecraft Fundamentals (QRCO) will also help me with the theater design portion of my major because it will give me knowledge on how to build and create sets for theatrical performances.

Being a part of a production company requires extensive experience in writing and communication. Therefore, writing classes are an important part of my education. EN 3680 Scriptwriting will help improve my skills for evaluating material of theatrical scripts. It is important for me to recognize strong writing. Another class that will help me as a producer is CM 3090 Technical Communication. This class focuses on the technical communication for business, and designing proposals, reports, and instructions for specific audiences. This class will not only help me with my writing and communication skills but also with my business skills as well.

To improve my marketing and business skills, BU 3350 Event Marketing will help me learn how to advertise an event such as a dance concert or a dance company that wishes to hold auditions. BU 1100 Business Computer Applications (TECO) is the class that benefits my education by learning how business professionals use computers and typical application software. A production company is a business which requires a reasonable amount of knowledge in computer technology.

I chose to do the Thematic Studies option for my major because I believe I am a critical thinker that wishes to integrate knowledge together to create new ideas. Creating new aspects of theater and dance is what I hope to pursue for the future. For the Thematic Studies option, I am required to take IS 2222 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies and IS 4444 Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Seminar. Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies was the class that showed me how to improve my education by not just studying one subject, but five. This class taught me how to integrate disciplines together to find their common grounds and form a new knowledge.

My degree is interdisciplinary because I am choosing five different subjects to study from. Within this studying I am working to find a common ground between all of the classes and integrate them together to form a new knowledge of how I can change the future of theater and dance. This degree will prepare me for my career by helping me understand what I can give to theater and dance and what I can do to produce new art and entertainment in the world.