The Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) has endorsed the statement “Learning Another Language: Goals and Challenges” issued by the Modern Language Association (MLA): http://www.mla.org/ec_language_learning
As an international organization of scholars and artists dedicated to the study of embodied modes of communication and expression, we support programs, policies, and opportunities at institutes of higher education that prepare future generations of scholars to read, write, and think in multiple languages. Indeed, some of the most compelling research projects among current graduate students in the field of dance studies have required young scholars to develop advanced fluency in several languages. These projects include translations and interpretations of ancient and classical dance writings, ethnographic fieldwork and oral histories, global arts policy analyses, and philosophical and scientific studies of the relationships between movement and language.
Though many consider dance the “universal” language, as dance scholars, we recognize that much of the future of dance studies is dependent upon maintaining and developing opportunities for new generations of scholars to attain fluency in multiple languages.
—Society of Dance History Scholars