Dance Organizations

Academy of Dance on Film Founded in 1999 by Larry Billman, the ADF is the only U.S. arts organization dedicated to the preservation, documentation, and advancement of filmed dance. Information on its goals and services is given on a page of the Web site of the American Choreography Awards.

AIRDanza Italian Dance Research Association (Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sulla Danza AIRDanza) seeks to promote, coordinate and support dance studies and to identify and preserve Italian documentary heritage, promote and coordinating cataloguing projects, and work towards the establishment of a national public dance archive, virtual, paper and audiovisual. The site is in Italian and sometimes English.

American Dance Guild The ADG is a nonprofit membership organization concerned with promoting the art of dance. Since 1956 it has been serving the needs of performers, choreographers, teachers, and students through all stages of their development and careers. This Web site is intended to extend the guild's services to its members and to the dance community worldwide.

American Dance Therapy Association Founded in 1966, the ADTA works to establish and maintain high standards of professional education and competence in the field of dance and movement therapy. Its Web site gives information on all its activities.

The George Balanchine Foundation According to the site, "The mission of The George Balanchine Foundation is to utilize the Balanchine legacy to advance the development of dance and its allied arts in the United States and throughout the world on behalf of the dance community at large. This goal is pursued through a broad range of activities and programs, including concentrated research, ballet reconstructions, publications, lectures and videos, and other innovative projects.

Congress on Research in Dance CORD is a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary organization with an open, international membership. Its purposes are to encourage research in all aspects of dance and to foster the exchange of ideas, resources, and methods through publication, conferences, and workshops.

Dance/USA The national service organization for not-for-profit professional dance. Members currently include more than 250 dance companies (ballet, modern, ethnic, jazz, culture-specific, traditional, tap), dance organizations, dance presenters, and individuals. The site provides information on membership, resources, and job opportunities.

Dance Collection Danse Founded by Lawrence and Miriam Adams, former dancers, in Toronto, Ontario, the DCD is devoted to theatrical dance in Canada. The DCD functions as both an archive and a distributor of materials on Canadian theatrical dance. It sponsors an electronic publishing program, offers reconstruction and production assistance, and is committed to the ongoing process of preserving dance works through documentation.

Dance Critics Association The DCA is primarily for professional dance critics, although anyone interested in dance writing is welcome to join. Its Web site includes newsletter highlights as well as membership and conference information.

Dance Educators of America Established in 1932, DEA is an organization for dance professionals. It is dedicated to improving the quality of dance teaching and to maintaining high professional and ethical standards in the performing arts, especially in dance in all its forms. Its Web site gives information on membership, on programs offered, and on scholarships available.

Dance Films Association DFA is a nonprofit membership organization that acts as an information clearinghouse and meeting ground for users, producers, and distributors of dance films and videotapes. Its Web site describes its services.

Dance Heritage Coalition Founded in 1992, the DHC is an alliance of the major dance libraries, archives, and collections in the United States. Its mission is to support documentation and preservation of American dance, and its goals are to facilitate communication among its members; to develop national standards, policies, and priorities; and to implement collaborative activities and projects. Its Web site explains its four areas of focus: access to materials, documentation of dance, preservation of existing documentation, and education regarding methods, standards, and practice for access, documentation, and preservation. A feature called Choreographing Your Search provides directions for locating information. Current constituent members of the DHC are the American Dance Festival Archives; the Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University; Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Archives; the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute, Ohio State University; the Library of Congress; and the San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum.

Dance Notation Bureau The DNB records dances on paper using a symbol system called Labanotation. It was founded in 1940 by Ann Hutchinson Guest, Helen Priest Rogers, Eve Gentry, and Janey Price. The Web site, which explains its activities and services, includes a discussion board on motif writing and structured notation, a downloadable version of the DNB catalog of notated theatrical dances, and a number of bibliographies.

European Dance Research Information Directory Founded by Bengt Häger and Gedeon P. Dienes, EUDRID is the first English-language directory of European institutions and individuals engaged in dance research, history, theory, and documentation.

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Based in London, the ISTD is the world's leading dance examination board. Its chief objective is to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms. Its Web site gives information on its history, its current programs, membership, competitions, and standards of examination.

Institute for Historical Dance Practice Founded by Lieven Baert in Ghent, Belgium, in 1992, IHDP conducts research on dances from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, offers dance classes and training in period movement, and sponsors several performing groups. Its Web site describes its activities and services.

International Association for Dance Medicine and Science The IADMS was formed in 1991 to serve as a forum for education, promotion of research, and public service in the field of dance medicine and science. Its members are drawn from more than thirty countries. Its Web site gives information on its background, its current projects, and its scheduled conferences.

International Dance Council Founded in 1973 under the auspices of UNESCO, the Conseil International de la Danse (CID) is "an umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world." Its Web site offers grand, rather vague statements of purpose and gives information on its activities, whose goals are also somewhat unclear. The usefulness of its online Global Dance Directory, including more than thirty thousand names and addresses, is, at best, questionable. The site is maintained by the Greek Dances Theater, Athens, Greece.

Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies Formally established in 1978, LIMS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and research in the field of movement studies. In addition to being a school for the dissemination of the work of Rudolf Laban and Irmgard Bartenieff, LIMS is also a membership organization. The site gives information on certification programs for movement analysts, special programs, and membership.

Language of Dance Centre The LODC was founded in 1967 by Ann Hutchinson Guest. Its attractive Web site includes historical information on the group, available courses and publications, and examples of choreography made using their tools.

Moving into Dance Mophatong's essence and vibrant spirit is captured through an interactive and informative website that traces both our educational and artistic programmes that span almost three decades.

National Dance Association The NDA was established in 1932 as a section on dance by the American Physical Education Association. Having achieved independent status as a national organization in 1974, it remains committed today to promoting high-quality dance programs in the areas of health, physical education, recreation, and dance (HPERD). Its Web site includes information on programs, events, publications, and resources.

National Dance Education Organization The NDEO advances dance education centered in the arts as the voice of representation for the field in legislatures, schools of dance, PreK-12 schools, and institutions of higher education throughout the country.A non-profit organization, NDEO is dedicated to promoting standards of excellence in dance education through the development of quality education in the art of dance through professional development, service and leadership. They hold public discussions, sponsor institutes, workshops, conferences and programs, develop guidelines, promote standards, and design curricula.

National Dance Council of America The NDCA is the official governing body for dancing in the United States. It was founded in 1948, on the model of similar councils in other countries, as a federation of dance organizations authorized to act as a national agency representing the interests of its constituents and other dance-related organizations. This site includes pages on history, departments, code of ethics, membership, and publications, among others.

The National Registry of Dance Educators offers professional support and services to its members who teach dance in private studios and schools so that they may provide their students and community with the highest quality programs and training available in dance education. Its mission is to advance the professional dance educator through recognition and accreditation. The NRDE advocates dance history as a central part of a dance education and advises dance educators to include dance history in their programs regardless of the venue in which they work.

Royal Academy of Dance With headquarters in England, the RAD is the largest examining and teacher education organization for classical ballet in the world. Its Web site gives information not only on professional development, student training, and teacher education but also on services offered, membership, online shopping, and current activities.

Sacred Dance Guild Viewing dance "as a language of faith and celebration," the SDG is dedicated to dance as spiritual expression. Its Web site explains its purposes and provides information about its activities and about resources in sacred dance.

Society for Canadian Dance Studies Also known as the Société des Études Canadiennes en Danse, the SCDS/SECD takes an active role in the preservation of Canadian dance history. Its members work in a broad range of disciplines: history, anthropology, movement analysis, ethnology, and others. As a bilingual organization, its Web site is available in both English and French.

Society of Dance Research Since 1982 the SDR has worked to promote and foster the quality and scope of dance scholarship in the United Kingdom. Its Web site, hosted by Dance Books Ltd., gives information on sponsored events, projects underway, publications, and other activities.

ThisDance.com Links to dance directory resources and information websites.

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...

conferences

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.

news

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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.

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