Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

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


Creative Arts Therapies

First Advisor

Imus, Susan

Second Advisor

Downey, Laura

Third Advisor

Moon, Cathy


dance/movement therapy, Just and Best Entertainers, therapeutic, arts, Kibera, Nairobi.


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectives of the JABE (Just And Best Entertainers) therapeutic arts dance program in meeting their stated goals and outcomes through a pilot summative mixed methods program evaluation. The participants of the study included 65% of JABE program participants ages 12 to 19 and JABE’s two program leaders including the Chairman and Program Coordinator. The data were collected through an embodied survey, art based individual interviews, semi-structured interviews, and a focus group. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Kvale’s interview analysis method, and Forniash’s analysis method. Findings showed JABE’s overall effectiveness at meeting goals and outcomes at 53% with a potential to reach 87% through implementing recommendations. Empirical evidence shows that JABE effectively meets 3 predetermined goals: (1) supports artistic talent in participants through dance, education, and personal encouragement; (2) establishes secure attachment; and (3) instills a sense of belonging, leadership, and responsibility. Qualitative data highlighted the theme of the overwhelming positive impact the program has on participants. 127 pages.

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