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SDHS and the Congress on Research in Dance have merged into the DANCE STUDIES ASSOCIATION

On July 12, 2017, after four consecutive joint conferences and two years of intensive planning and organizational collaboration,  the Society of Dance History Scholars (founded 1978) and the Congress on Research in Dance (founded 1969) successfully merged into the Dance Studies Association (DSA), registered as a not-for-profit organization in the state of New York. So, while DSA is “new,” it is grounded in a long history of dance scholarship and organizational infrastructure.

DSA has a new website! Please visit to join DSA or renew your membership, register for the 2018 conference in Malta, and see all the new interactions you can have with DSA online.  

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Studies in Dance History

SDHS’s monograph series, published by University of Wisconsin Press, answers a growing demand for works that provide fresh analytical perspectives on dancing, dancers, and dances in a global context.
Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies
We seek to bring you themes and debates current in the field of dance studies and the profession, alongside news from the international community of scholars in dance and related disciplines.
SDHS Conferences
The annual SDHS conference draws participants from around the world, including dance scholars and scholars working in related fields. At the conference, SDHS members gather to share information and ideas, to attend performances, and to engage one another in discussions about research and the state of the field of dance history scholarship.
Books By Members
A bibliography of published works by SDHS members.
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Statement of Values Prompted by Recent Events
In light of the divisive rhetoric of the recent presidential election in the U.S. and as we move towards collectively building the new Dance Studies Association, we want to affirm our fierce commitment to creating an inclusive international organization.  We strongly disavow the racist, xenophobic, misogynist, and homophobic ideologies that are emerging in nationalist and fundamentalist movements around the globe.  We believe in the possibility of critical and respectful discourse that is tolerant of many different points of view, and we will work hard to advocate for dance and support our members from different countries, circumstances, and backgrounds.  The field of Dance Studies must remain mindful of the physical and material realities of moving bodies as we seek to create a just and free world for all.  As we plan for the next conference at The Ohio State University next October, we encourage members to submit panels, papers, or presentations that engage these issues in a rigorous and thorough manner.

Ann Cooper Albright, President, Society of Dance History Scholars 
Anne Flynn, President, Congress on Research in Dance 

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The Society for Dance Research is an internationally focused, British-based non-profit society that supports and develops scholarly interests in all forms of dance through seminars, conferences, performances, and publications. Our journal, Dance Research, is addressed to scholars and practitioners working within the many disciplines which constitute dance studies, providing an international forum for the presentation and discussion of contemporary dance research.


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