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AbstractMy thesis is that dance originates from the core in more ways than one: biomechanically, spiritually, philosophically, and traditionally. I have created a thesis as a research-based paper. This thesis utilizes various dance texts on philosophy, improvisation, modern dance techniques, ballet dance techniques, and the biomechanics of dance, as well as autobiographies of principle figures of techniques in the concert dance community. These works are composed primarily of library research from varying sources. I believe that although many dance resources mention the core or the spirit of dance in their texts, I do not believe that many have covered this kind of motivation to dance holistically and thus I believe that my proposed project and research will be distinguished from others. From this research I aspired to discover more about my dancing’s origin and gain increased bodily awareness in my art form. There will be various texts examined through each semester. I had held scheduled meetings with my advisor throughout the semesters. This culminated in more inspiration for deeper research into various subjects surrounding my thesis and will produce greater work output overall. Criteria for the evaluation of my thesis should be the consideration of the validity of the sources in the art form—dance—and how well this topic has been explored holistically.