Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Art in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (MA)


Creative Arts Therapies

First Advisor

Hervey, Lenore

Second Advisor

Imus, Susan


Trudi Schoop


The purpose of this thesis project was to create a documentary style recording of a panel of dance/movement therapy professionals talking about their work with, or study of, noted dance/movement therapy pioneer Trudi Schoop at a workshop during the 2009 American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) Conference. My research questions for the panel and its audience were: “What were the qualities about Trudi Schoop that so many people appreciated about her (what was that light)?” “What did she do to cultivate those qualities?” and “How did she pass that on to others?” (Results in Appendix C).

The audience was invited to participate with questions, comments, and their own stories about their interactions with Schoop. Additionally, audience members assisted by synthesizing the information from the workshop on a questionnaire about Schoop (the above questions). This research takes a deeper look at how Schoop was developing and using these traits, and then distills that information down to a useful summary. Findings that expand the current literature on Schoop include the panel and the audience’s emotional connection to Schoop as seen in the video, Dr. Chodorow’s notes of her sessions with Schoop (Appendix B), and the questionnaires from the audience.

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