Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Dr. Lisa Farley


This study aimed to examine the physical, intellectual, and social impacts of dance on collegiate life. Members of the Butler University Dance Team were surveyed, and 3 members were interviewed in order to gain insight into how they perceived dance has impacted various aspects of their college life. Results showed that increased physical activity levels, academic motivation from teammates and coaching staff, as well as a positive relationship with teammates were positive aspects that dance team participants added to their college experience. Negatively, results showed lack of time for proper warm up, intense time commitments, and pressure to maintain a specific body image to be negative aspects of dance team participation in college. This study thus gave insight into a multitude of factors, both positive and negative, that come with dance participation at the collegiate level.