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Title: Movement Characteristics Of Three Samoan Dance Types: Ma'ulu'ulu, Sasa And Taualuga 
Author: Radakovich, Jennifer
Date: 2004-08
Abstract: Using principles originated by Rudolf Laban, I analyze examples of three Samoan dance types, ma'ulu'ulu, sasa, and taualuga, performed by three dance groups from American Samoa: the youth group of the Congregational Church of Jesus in Samoa (CClS 'Autalavou), the Samoana High School Swing Choir and the Siva Maia Dance Group. In Chapter 1, I briefly present the geography and political situation of American Samoa, followed by a brief overview of Samoan culture. Then, I provide an introduction to Samoan dance, including terminology, types of dance, change, general characteristics and contexts for performance and instruction. In Chapter 2, I review the existing Samoan dance literature and other relevant movement studies. I also discuss my research and analytical methodologies. Then, I introduce the three dance groups that performed the examples in my analysis and discuss where they performed the examples cited. In Chapters 3 through 5, I analyze the chosen dance examples to reveal the movement characteristics of each dance type. Finally, in Chapter 6, I summarize the elements that characterize each dance type, distinguish stylistic variations of each dance group and suggest general features that characterize Samoan dance. In addition, I suggest possible directions for future research.
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