[photo: Peabody Dancers during the early years]

Peabody Dancers during the early years

SDHS Special Topics Conference
Dance as Experience: Progressive Era Origins and Legacies

Jointly sponsored by Peabody Dance and SDHS

Baltimore, Maryland
March 26–28, 2015

Link to conference website.

Peabody Dance, founded in November 1914, is one of the nation’s oldest dance training programs. Historical highlights of the program’s first hundred years include being the first American school to introduce Dalcroze Eurhythmics, instruction of Native American dances in the 20s and 30s, and a high degree of institutionalized interdisciplinary collaboration the likes of which was normally encountered only at summer festivals.

[Peabody Centennial logo]

In celebration of the program’s 100th anniversary, 100th anniversary, Peabody Dance is hosting a conference focusing broadly on dance and the progressive era and its parallels and legacy today. The conference committee invites proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, and non-conventional forms of presentation (including performative papers, performances, and workshops) that address any of the topics listed below, as well as other topics related to the theme of dance and the Progressive Era:

  • The progressive roots of dance education and its early 20th century origins (e.g. the inclusion of dance as part of physical education curriculums, the establishment of university dance programs, and the growth of community dance organizations) and subsequent developments in dance education rooted in these ideals.
  • Dance, inclusion and democratizion as related to the empowerment of women, the status of men on the concert stage, African dance and Black identity, and portals of popular access to dance.
  • Dance and changing views of culture as expressed through Denishawn, exoticism, anthropology, and cinema; 21st century parallels as expressed through TV, internet and social media.
  • Early global interchange between dance practices and practitioners such as Dalcroze Eurythmics, Rudolf von Laban, Mary Wigman and Hanya Holm, Asadata Dafora, Michio Ito, Uday Shankar and La Argentina in the U.S., the influence of Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Josephine Baker, Fred Astaire, Martha Graham and American popular dance throughout the world, and the subsequent role played by dance festivals, such as Jacob’s Pillow, in promoting this interchange.
  • Current research and practice that incorporates ideas and ideals originating d during the progressive era including Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences and dance integration.

The deadline for proposal submissions has passed.

Proposals are to be in the form of an abstract, maximum 250 words, not including the attached preliminary bibliography. Individual presentations should not exceed 20 minutes; panels and workshops can be proposed for 60 or 90 minutes.

The conference website is at http://peabodysdhsconference.weebly.com/.

Online conference registration is available here. If you prefer to submit your registration by mail or fax, please use this form (pdf). Conference registration rates are shown below.

Conference Registration Rates:
Membership categoryEarly registration
(through 1 January, 2015)
Late registration
(after 1 January)
Member$ 165$ 200
Student Member$ 90$ 115
Non-member$ 200$ 215
Non-member Student$ 115$ 125

The conference committee:

  • Lisa Green-Cudek, Co-chair — Peabody Dance & Loyola University of Maryland
  • Olivia Sabee, Co-chair — Johns Hopkins University
  • Eric Beatty — Johns Hopkins University
  • Karen Bradley — University of Maryland, College Park
  • Ilsa Bush — Dance Heritage Coalition
  • Rima Faber — Capital Region Educators of Dance Organization of NDEO
  • Melanie George — American University
  • Arlene Yu — New York Public Library
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