is the Dance Studies Association
Inaugural Conference 2017

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

The Society of Dance History Scholars

The Society of Dance History Scholars advances the field of dance studies through research, publication, performance, and outreach to audiences across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. As a constituent member of the American Council of Learned Societies, SDHS holds wide-ranging annual conferences; publishes new scholarship through its proceedings and book series; and collaborates regularly with peer organizations.  Some SDHS members are independent scholars; others teach  dance studies in theatre, music, performance and other university-level departments.  SDHS members are performers, arts administrators, dance critics, filmmakers, notators, reconstructors, librarians, and archivists. SDHS annual conferences feature paper presentations, panel discussions, movement workshops, and performances. During each conference, SDHS working groups meet to share information and ideas. SDHS presents annual awards in recognition of outstanding scholarly work in dance studies at each conference, including the de la Torre Bueno Prize®.


SDHS was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1983 and now counts among its members individuals and institutions across the globe committed to the interdiscipline of dance studies. SDHS was admitted to the American Council of Learned Societies as a constituent member in 1996.


The publishing program of the Society of Dance History Scholars includes a monograph series, Studies in Dance History, an annual periodical (formerly the bi-annual newsletter), Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies, as well as annual conference proceedings, an online membership directory, and materials mounted on the SDHS website.  The program is governed by the SDHS Editorial Board.

Studies in Dance History

Founded in 1988 as a periodical publication, Studies in Dance History aims to further the goals of the Society of Dance History Scholars by making widely available the extraordinary rich and diverse scholarship that takes dance as its subject.  Ranging from new methods of historical inquiry to multiple theoretical perspectives, volumes in the series answer a growing demand for works that provide fresh analytical perspectives on dancing, dancers, and dances in a global context.  Each volume in the series is accessible to specialist and layperson alike, providing a valuable resource for scholars and a pleasurable education for the general reader.

After some years of being identified as a scholarly journal, Studies in Dance History was redefined as a monograph series in 1994.  It is now published by the University of Wisconsin Press.  Visit the SDHS website to find out more about the Monograph Series.

Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies

Issued yearly in early Spring, this publication reflects the dynamic and diverse membership of SDHS.  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.  We welcome submissions in a range of formats, from debate to poetic reveries, images to reviews.  Proposals for articles and other materials should be directed to the editor: Norma-Sue Fisher-Stitt.  Visit the SDHS website to find out more about Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies.

Conference Proceedings

The proceedings of the Society of Dance History Scholars annual conference have been published every year except the first four years of the society's existence.  This collection of papers is compiled from files provided by authors who wish to contribute their papers as a record of the annual conference.  In recent years, the papers have been presented in a common graphic format, thanks to digital technology, but in all published volumes, the content of each paper is unchanged from that provided by its authors.  Visit the SDHS website to find out more about Conference Proceedings.

SDHS Website

The website of the Society of Dance History Scholars was established in 1998, and redesigned in 2009.  As an electronic publication, it presents current information about the society and its activities and, as a public service, offers finding aids to print and electronic resources available to everyone interested in dance history.  A bibliography of published works by SDHS members and an extensive annotated catalog of online resources can be found on the following pages:


Ann Cooper Albright
Oberlin College

Rebekah J. Kowal
University of Iowa

Recording Secretary
Rosemary Candelario
Texas Woman’s University

Corresponding Secretary
Susanne Ravn
Syddansk Universitet

Hanna Järvinen
University of the Arts, Helsinki

Chair, Editorial Board
Rebecca Rossen
University of Texas at Austin

Graduate Student Representatives
Meiver de la Cruz
Northwestern University

Michael Bodel
Bodel Dance Arts


Ninotchka Bennahum
University of California, Santa Barbara

Grisha Coleman
Arizona State University

Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel
Royal Academy of Dance

Victoria Fortuna
Reed College

Jasmine Elizabeth Johnson
Brandeis University

Hyunjung Kim
Chungnam National University

Alexandra Kolb
Middlesex University

Raquel Monroe
Columbia College Chicago

Ariel Osterweis
Skidmore College

Clare Parfitt-Brown
University of Chichester

Ramón H Rivera-Servera
Northwestern University

Chiayi Seetoo
Shanghai Theatre Academy

Emily Wilcox
University of Michigan

Arlene Yu
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Congress on Research in Dance and Society of Dance History Scholars
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