Gwyn's Senior Thesis

About the Project:

Senior year in the midst of a global pandemic has looked a lot different than expected. My original goal of creating a live performance has shifted like many of our plans and aspirations this past year. However, I will not allow the pandemic to hinder the quality of the product that I am capable of. I decided to pour my whole heart into creating this film that is a culmination of both of my majors: Dance and Gender Studies. 

I began creating this project in the summer of 2020. I received the Summer Undergraduate Research Program Grant in order to start the work that would inspire the creation of this film. I was able to sit down (over Zoom) with over 30 working dance artists from all across the US and globally. We had meaningful conversations regarding race, gender, and the power dynamics within the dance world. These conversations have inspired my choreography and direction for this film. 

The goal of this film is to spark a conversation around gender. I aim to share my own experiences of how gender has shaped my experience of dance as well as share valuable lessons and insights that I got from speaking with inspiring dancers last summer. 

What Your Donation Would Go Toward: 

Thanks to your kind donation I would be able to:

-Rent a space to film in

-Rent lighting equipment

-Finance music production

-Purchase costumes

-Pay for transportation for the dancers and crew

-Pay for food for the dancers and crew

About Gwyn:

Gwyn is in her fourth year at Loyola Marymount University. She will graduate in May of this year with 2 degrees in Dance and in Women’s and Gender Studies. Originally from the sunny town of Newport Beach, CA Gwyn went to LMU to pursue her passion of being a professional dancer. Throughout her time at LMU, Gwyn has received many achievements including the Student Leadership and Service Award, Redmond Dance Scholarship, College and Communication of Fine Arts Merit Scholarship, selection for the Undergraduate Research Symposium, member of the College of Communication and Fine Arts College Student Council representing Dance, Manager of Lion’s Den Coffee Shop, and President of Radix Dance Crew. Check out her latest film by clicking this link: Youtube 

A Message From Gwyn:

I would like to thank everyone who has made this project possible. I would not be here if it were not for my supportive family, friends, and the LMU community. I would also like to thank each person that made time out of their day to meet with me and discuss important issues in the dance world. Your words have inspired me to be a better person and create art that is meaningful to me and my story. Whether you donate or not I am excited to make this project and share it with all of you and appreciate your time.


  • Shannon McCarthy 
    • $100 
    • 13 d
  • Nicolette Long  
    • $10 
    • 20 d
  • Kris Gearke  
    • $50 
    • 21 d
  • Jared Gencarella 
    • $27 
    • 21 d
  • Sydney Hutcherson  
    • $50 
    • 21 d
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Gwyn Tanner 
Los Angeles, CA
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