This past summer I was given an opportunity which still seems unreal: I received a grant to choreograph a piece. In my time at Temple, I have been extremely grateful for the many opportunities to perform and grow as a dancer and choreographer. I find myself so thankful to have found a space and mentors which have helped to foster my creativity as a choreographer, as well as numerous opportunities to showcase my work.
This wonderful opportunity was presented to me through a fellow dance student (now alumnus) who received the grant last year. The Diamond Research Grant Program at Temple University gives undergraduate students the opportunity to spend the summer researching their proposed topics. While most students’ final project is a paper, there are a few (this year myself and one jazz bassist) whose final output is a creative project.
I spent the summer conducting a survey and doing research around female body image, creating movement and compositional ideas based on survey results. I am now in process of creating a work for myself and nine other dancers (eight Temple students and one alumnus). The grant has allowed me to work with a composer, who is a music student in the Boyer College, as well as a costume designer from the theater department. As a part of the Diamond Research program I also chose professor Jillian Harris as a mentor. She has been a wonderful sounding board and has given me tremendous support throughout the entire process.
Stay tuned for the presentation of my piece in December!
- Kailey McCrudden, BFA Dance class of 2015