Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Faculty of Education and Arts

First Supervisor

Dr Maggi Phillips


As a new emerging dancer and artist who is highly interested in the form of choreography, the search for knowledge and understanding of where choreography has come from as well as how to generate works have been at the forefront of my personal journey in dance. My thesis looks at and asks how the formal choreographic elements and approaches can assist new choreographers in developing an individual style of dance making? This question leads to the various approaches and elements taken from famous choreographers over time, and assesses how new emerging artists can draw from these examples as a way to learn and develop their own style of dance making. I have taken onboard this knowledge both academically and practically. 'Youth ventures into the unknown' is a new choreographic work that has taken onboard two particular approaches to choreography drawn from Trisha Brown and Merce Cunningham. As a movement study it has allowed me to see how these approaches and elements can assist me in creating a work, ultimately impacting upon my individual style of dance making.

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