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; collaborates regularly with peer organizations in the U.S. and abroad; and presents yearly awards for exemplary scholarship, including the de la Torre Bueno Prize®.

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.
Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies
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.
SDHS Conferences
The annual SDHS conference draws participants from around the world, including dance scholars and scholars working in related fields. At the conference, SDHS members gather to share information and ideas, to attend performances, and to engage one another in discussions about research and the state of the field of dance history scholarship.
Books By Members
A bibliography of published works by SDHS members.
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Statement of Values Prompted by Recent Events
In light of the divisive rhetoric of the recent presidential election in the U.S. and as we move towards collectively building the new Dance Studies Association, we want to affirm our fierce commitment to creating an inclusive international organization.  We strongly disavow the racist, xenophobic, misogynist, and homophobic ideologies that are emerging in nationalist and fundamentalist movements around the globe.  We believe in the possibility of critical and respectful discourse that is tolerant of many different points of view, and we will work hard to advocate for dance and support our members from different countries, circumstances, and backgrounds.  The field of Dance Studies must remain mindful of the physical and material realities of moving bodies as we seek to create a just and free world for all.  As we plan for the next conference at The Ohio State University next October, we encourage members to submit panels, papers, or presentations that engage these issues in a rigorous and thorough manner.

Ann Cooper Albright, President, Society of Dance History Scholars 
Anne Flynn, President, Congress on Research in Dance 

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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...

[cover of 2015 Conversations] Issued yearly in early spring generally, Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies 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. Read more...

conferences
  • 2017 CORD + SDHS Joint Conference
    Transmissions and Traces: Rendering Dance
    October 19-22, 2017
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio USA
    Click here for the Call for Proposals
news

SDHS announces this year’s award recipients. Awards will be presented at the SDHS/CORD conference.

Dance Chronicle announces Founding Editors’ Awards, honoring Barbara Palfy in 2015. Sponsored by Dance Chronicle and Routledge/Taylor & Francis

Updated 14 November 2016: Upcoming events

Updated 14 November 2016: Conference announcements and calls for papers

Updated 14 November 2016: Job postings and opportunities for students

SDHS endorses MLA statement on learning another language

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