General Information and Submissions Guidelines

The Distinction in Dance is an annual award** that is made to an individual whose professional, artistic or scholarly work has made a significant contribution to the field of dance.

Nominations for recipients of this award may only be made by SDHS members, although the recipient need not be a member. We welcome nominations for individuals whose work in some way has significantly altered or influenced the field of dance; this may range from either a single influential article or dance work, for example, or may be the sum of a lifetime's work.

To nominate a potential recipient for this award, please submit a one-page statement that outlines the following:

  • The name and contact details of the person submitting the nomination
  • The name of the nominee
  • A contextual statement that articulates the rationale for nominating the above individual for the award and a description of their distinctive scholarly, artistic or professional contribution to the field of dance

Please send the nomination statement to:

Society of Dance History Scholars
Prime Management Services
3416 Primm Lane
Birmingham, AL 35216
Tel: 205 978-1404
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All submissions must be received by the October 1st deadline.

**Please note that if the award committee feels that there are no suitable nominations in any one year, the award will not be made.

SDHS publications

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. Read more...

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SDHS Special Topics Conference, “Dance as Experience: Progressive Era Origins and Legacies”, March 26–28, 2015 in Baltimore, MD.

Conference 2015, Cut & Paste: Dance Advocacy in the Age of Austerity, a joint SDHS and CORD conference, will be held June 4–7, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Applications are now being accepted for the Selma Jeanne Cohen Award and the Graduate Student Travel Award.


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