Society of Dance History Scholars
Twenty-seventh Annual Conference
17-–19 June 2004
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina

The twenty-seventh annual conference of the Society of Dance History Scholars, entitled "Celebrating Dance: Celebrating History," will be hosted by the Duke University Dance Department at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.


Perkins Library at Duke University

Conference Schedule. The Programming Committee, chaired by Amy Koritz and Janice Ross, has made its selections of participants for the 2004 conference. The final conference schedule is now available online, posted here.

Conference Registration. On-line registration is not yet possible for the conference itself. If you need information immediately, contact Jim Ranieri, Office of the Society of Dance History Scholars, 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216, Fax: 205.823.2760. A conference registration form is available here. Please print it out and return it to the SDHS office.

Local Arrangements. The chair of the local arrangements committee for "Celebrating Dance: Celebrating History" is Dr. Purnima Shah, Duke University Dance Program, Tel: 919.660.3377 Fax: 919.684.8906, or email Conference assistance is also provided by Eric Oakley, Duke University Dance Program, Tel: 919.491.2866 Fax: 919.684.8906, or email

Venue. The conference will be hosted by Duke University. Please look at this link to the Durham Visitor Information.

[Photograph of Durham, North Carolina]
Photograph of Durham, North Carolina.

Travel Directions. Durham is readily accessible by air and roadway.

  • By Air. US Airways will be the official airlines of the conference, and offers conferees a fare discount of 7-12% on flights with US Airways, US Airways Express, US Airways Shuttle and select US Airways Codeshare (United Airlines) flights between June 10 - 19, 2004. Conferees should telephone the Group and Meeting Reservation Office at 877.874-7687 and refer to Gold File Number 86182884. Be sure to specify the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Discounts are greatest for those booking early, so sooner is better than later.
  • Taxi from Airport. Arrangements have been made for reduced travel from the RDU airport to the Duke East Campus/Downtown Durham area. Please contact Mr. Naeem Masseih, Operation Manager of Airport Access Taxi, at (919) 960 6161 or (919) 818 3621. The set cost for transportation shall be: One passenger, $16.00; Two Passengers "each" $ 9.00; Three passengers "each" $ 7.50; Four passengers "each" $ 6.50. Reservations should be made by conferees at least 24 hours in advance.
  • By Roadway. Duke University is located in historic Durham, North Carolina. Driving to Durham:-Via 1-85 North: Exit onto N.C. 147 (Durham Freeway).
    -Via I-85 South: In Durham, take the left-lane exit (#174B) for U.S. 15-501 South Bypass - Duke University/Chapel Hill. Continue on U.S. 15-501 to N.C. 147 (Durham Freeway) exit.
    Driving directions to central campus are located here. Parking permits (good for all campus lots) will be available with a total of $5:00 charge for the entire week of the SDHS conference. Please contact Duke University Parking and Transportation in advance at (919)-684-7275.

    Accommodations. The conference hotel shall be the Durham Marriott at the Civic Center, 201 Foster Street, Durham NC 27701 (919.768-6000). Special conference rates for hotel accommodation are available for all participants and accompanying persons. To receive the conference rate of $89 USD for a double room, be sure to refer to the "SDHS Annual Conference" when making reservations. Dormitory accommodations will also be available on the Duke University campus from Thurs, June 17 through Sunday June 20th. Earliest checking in time for Dorms is Thursday, June 17 at 3:00 pm. Attendees may check out on Sunday, June 20th by 1:00 pm. The rates for a Single room will be $ 26.30 per night; double rooms $20.45. Dormitory residents may bring linen, or request linen with a one-time additional charge for $25.00. Double rooms may also be shared with others.

    Other accommodations: We have also reserved 40 additional rooms with Courtyard by Marriott at the same discounted rate ($89.00 per double room).
    Please mention "SDHS" or "Society of Dance History Scholars" when making a reservation. Both hotels are located at 5 mins. drive to/from Duke East campus. Courtyard by Marriott, 1815 Front St., Durham, NC 27705, Tel.: (919) 309-1500, Fax.: (919) 383-8189.

    If you dont mind staying a little further away from campus (10 min. drive), you might consider Homestead Suites ($ 49+tax per night). This is a special discount rate for Duke guests so please indicate that you are a guest for Duke University Dance Program when making a reservation. They also have a shuttle van service (for free) which will take hotel guests back and forth from Duke campus to the hotel (but inquire with them and make sure. They may not operate the van on Sat & Sun). This option included an air-conditioned, furnished bed room with a queen/king size bed, telephone, a small kitchenette on the side of the room with a stove, dishes, pots and pans (a grocery store is located at walking distance across from Homestead Suites), attached bathroom, and good room service. Homestead Studio Suites Jim Wagner (Gen. Manager) 1920 Ivy Creek Blvd. Durham, NC 27707 Tel. (919) 402-1700 Fax. (919) 402-1800.

    Food and Drink. There are several restaurants and bars in the university complex. Durham restaurants offer a wide variety of international and
    domestic cuisines. Many high quality establishments are located in the Ninth Street area near Duke University East Campus. Campus fare is available from Duke University Dining Services and affiliated merchants. Additional options are located in nearby Chapel Hill.

    Area Attractions. Duke University is located in the heart of historic Durham, North Carolina. The city is host to the technological resources of the Research Triangle Park and lies amid the vibrant Carolina Piedmont. Durham boasts fine food and entertainment as well as strong cultural traditions. Durham Attractions include: Bennett Place State Historic Site; Brightleaf District; Carolina Theater; Duke Homestead State Historic Site and Tobacco Museum; Durham Arts Center; Eno River State Park; Hayti Heritage Center; Historic Stagville; Historic Durham Athletic Park; Ninth Street; North Carolina Central University; Southpoint Area. Duke University Campus also offers recreational opportunities, including: Duke Chapel; Duke Forest; Duke Primate Center; Duke University Museum of Art; Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Participants may also enjoy pre/post conference visits to other North Carolina attractions: Blue Ridge Parkway; Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina; Downtown Charlotte; Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Historic Asheville; North Carolina Outer Banks; Raleigh Downtown and Capital District. Of course, see the the American Dance Festivalwebpage!

  • Paul Taylor Company Repertory during the Conference:

  • Thursday, 17 June: Aureole
    3 Epitaphs
    Piazzolla Caldera

  • Friday, 18 June: Runes
    Dream Girls
    Mercuric Tidings

  • Saturday, 19 June: Airs
    Le Grand Puppetier
    Promethean Fire

  • Information. A number of Web sites provide additional useful information.

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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