is the Dance Studies Association
Inaugural Conference 2017

Transmissions and Traces: Rendering Dance
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
October 19–22, 2017

The Congress On Research in Dance

The Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) is an independent, non-profit 501-C3 organization.  As an interdisciplinary organization with an open international membership, CORD promotes a globally inclusive respectful dialogue around embodied and discursive approaches to dance research.  CORD publishes Dance Research Journal (DRJ), a peer-reviewed scholarly journal three times a year in print and online.  CORD sponsors an annual Conference encouraging dance scholarship and providing an uncommon vehicle for the dissemination of that scholarship as well as leadership in dance scholarship by defining the standards for the field. 


CORD originally convened in October 1964 at the behest of Esther Jackson and Kathryn Bloom, Director of the Arts & Humanities Branch of the U.S. Office of Education in concern for the field of dance research. A Steering Committee organized the first Membership meeting. In early 1965 the Committee sent out a call for additional members, and the twelve founding members were joined by 56 dance scholars and professionals from around the country. It was decided on April 3 of that year that CORD should become a permanent committee.  As a result of the April 1965 meeting, a new Steering Board was elected and held its first planning meeting at the Loeb Student Center on the campus of New York University. Thus, the Committee on Research in Dance was incorporated in the State of New York with membership open to individuals as well as institutions and was housed by New York University. Its name was changed to the Congress on Research in Dance in 1977. 


Congress on Research in Dance publishes two primary publications, the Dance Research Journal and Conference Proceedings for each conference we host.

The Dance Research Journal (DRJ) is published three times per year by Cambridge University Press and carries scholarly articles, book reviews, a list of books and journals received, and reports of scholarly conferences, archives, and other projects of interest to the field.

The Congress on Research in Dance is pleased to compile and edit a record of our conferences, which are published online only by Cambridge University Press.  The Proceedings publication is copyrighted by CORD, although each author retains the copyright for her or his paper.

Dance Research Journal

CORD publishes the Dance Research Journal (DRJ) three times per year.  DRJ is peer-reviewed premiere publication for dance scholarship of international reach and includes articles, book reviews, and lists books received.  Published articles address dance history, theory, pedagogy, politics, science, ethnography, and intersections with cultural, gender, critical race, and diasporic studies among others.  DRJ also on occasion publishes special issues with guest editors. DRJ is committed to cross-disciplinary research with a dance perspective.  Contributions for publication consideration are open both to members and to nonmembers of CORD, and will be accepted at any time.

DRJ is currently edited by Mark Franko.  Visit the CORD website to find out more about Dance Research Journal.

Conference Proceedings

Visit the CORD website to find out more about CORD Conference Proceedings.  For further specific questions, please contact CORD proceedings via this link:

Find out more about CORD here.


Anne Flynn
University of  Calgary


Nadine George-Graves
University of California, San Diego

Petri Hoppu
University of Tampere, Finland

Anusha Kedhar
Colorado College

Bridget Cauthery
York University, Toronto

Past Treasurer
Hannah Kosstrin
The Ohio State University

Editorial Board Chair
Danielle Goldman
The New School, New York

Graduate Student Representatives
Lizzie Leopold
 Northwestern University

Yasmina Codina
 University of Texas at San Antonio

Editor, Dance Research Journal
Helen Thomas
University of the Arts, London


Takiyah Nur Amin

University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Jean Davidson
Los Angeles Master Chorale

Jennifer Fisher
University of California, Irvine

Ruth Hellier-Tinoco
University of California, Santa Barbara

Ketu Katrak
University of California, Irvine

James Moreno
University of Kansas

Stacey Prickett
University of Roehampton

Rosemarie Roberts
Connecticut College

Kin-Yan Szeto
Appalachian State University

Sheron Wray

University of California, Irvine

Student Representative
Kelly Klein
The Ohio State University

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