Distinction in Dance Award

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.

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