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The Dance Studies Association (DSA) is an international organization of dance scholars, educators, and artists that "that aims to strengthen the visibility and increase the reach of dance as embodied practice, creative endeavor and intellectual discipline." [1] The organization supports dance research, including of the history of dance, dance critique, and dance education.[2] DSA was founded in 2017 through a merger of the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD, founded 1969) and the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS, founded 1978),[3], both of which played an important role in the development of dance scholarship in the mid twentieth century.[4] The inaugural conference, Transmissions and Traces: Rendering Dance, was hosted by the Department of Dance at Ohio State University.[5] DSA is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies.[6]

DSA holds annual conferences, sponsors awards, and oversees a number of publications. In addition to publishing the annual conference proceedings, DSA publications include the peer-reviewed journal Dance Research Journal published by Cambridge University Press, the Studies in Dance History book series from the University of Wisconsin Press, and the e-journal Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies.

Awards offered[edit | edit source]

The DSA sponsors a number of awards, which are presented at the annual conference.

For Publications

For Leadership and Research

  • Dixie Durr Award for Outstanding Service to Dance Research
  • Outstanding Scholarly Research in Dance Award
  • Distinction in Dance Award

For Graduate Students

Working Groups[edit | edit source]

Subfield working groups meet during the annual conference. As of 2018, the working groups are:[7]

  • Dance and Music
  • Dance and Technology
  • Dance History Teachers
  • Dancing the Long Nineteenth Century
  • Diversity
  • Early Dance
  • Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Dance Studies
  • Popular, Social, and Vernacular Dance
  • Practice-as-Research
  • Students in SDHS

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dance Studies Association - official website. https://dancestudiesassociation.org/about
  2. See Judith Gelernter, "Conference of the Society of Dance History Scholars: Retooling the Discipline: Research and Teaching Strategies for the 21st Century," Dance Research Journal vol. 26, no. 2 (1994): 54-56. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1477927
  3. "Statement from the Dance Studies Association," Dance Research Journal, vol. 49, no. 3 (2017): 4. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/680432
  4. Susan R. Koff, "The Organization of Dance Scholarship," Dance Chronicle vol. 34, no. 3 (2011): 492-495. https://doi.org/10.1080/01472526.2011.615246 See also Katja Kolcio, Moveable Pillars: Organizing Dance 1956-1978, Wesleyan University Press, 2010. https://www.amazon.com/Movable-Pillars-Organizing-Dance-1956-1978/dp/0819569119
  5. Hannah Kosstrin, "Ohio State Dance Hosts Inaugural Dance Studies Association Conference," 2018. https://dance.osu.edu/inform/winter-2018/dsa-conference
  6. ACLS member profile: Dance Studies Association. https://www.acls.org/societies/societies.aspx?sid=b51b3b6e-c9a2-db11-a735-000c2903e717
  7. DSA working groups. https://dancestudiesassociation.org/resources/working-groups

External links[edit | edit source]

Category:Dance education organizations Category:Member organizations of the American Council of Learned Societies Category:Learned societies of the United States Category:Organizations established in 2017 Category:Arts organizations established in 2017

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