Reconstruction Working Group
Chair: Jody Sperling
Contact: (E) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members of the Reconstruction Working Group are scholars and dance practitioners who share an interest in uncovering and vitalizing our dance heritage through reconstructions, restagings, and re-creations. Besides engaging in lively discussions at scheduled meetings at the annual conference of the Society of Dance History Scholars, members of this working group often pursue further exchange. Discussions may touch on research methods, theoretical grounding, practical strategy, and documentation technique. Reports of projects completed and those in progress are welcomed.

The group is interested in the re-embodiment of dance of any ethnic or national group, of any period and form, whether it be stage dancing, recreational dance, entertainment and spectacle dancing, ritual and religious dance, or some form that refers to these genres. Members of the group recognize reconstructed performance as scholarship that enriches studio practice, dance history, and dance studies. It promotes reconstructed dance as a tool for inviting dance into the humanities curriculum.

Anyone sharing the interests of this group is encouraged to join the next scheduled meeting. Inquiries may be made by sending an e-mail message to the chair of the group.

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 2012 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...


Conference 2014: Writing Dancing/Dancing Writing
A Joint Conference of The Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) and The Congress on Research in Dance (CORD)
13–16 November 2014
Hosted by the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa

Conference 2015 will be held in Athens, Greece. Dates and other details will be available later this Spring.


The SDHS Board of Directors election takes place during the final two weeks of February. All SDHS members may vote. Please log in and then click here to view candidates’ biographies. Ballots will be available beginning on Feb. 15.

SDHS announces the November 2013 awards, including de la Torre Bueno Prize® Special Citations.

Proceedings of the 2013 joint NOFOD/SDHS conference are now available.

Proceedings of the Special Topics Conference 2013: “Sacre Celebration: Revisiting, Reflecting, Revisioning” are now available.

Call for proposals for contributions to Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies: Network of Pointes (Guest Editors: Drs. Kathrina Farrugia and Jill Nunes Jensen). Note that the deadline has been extended to May 15, 2014.

Updated 3 April: Conference announcements and calls for papers

Updated 3 April: Job postings and opportunities for students

Updated 24 February: News and announcements from SDHS members: “The American Society for Theatre Research is now seeking nominations for the Biennial Sally Banes Publication Prize....”

SDHS endorses MLA statement on learning another language

Connect to through this link and a percentage of your purchase will help fund graduate student travel to SDHS conferences.