University of California Los Angeles
Dean of School of the Arts and Architecture

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Oberlin College
Visiting Assistant Professor in Dance

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The Putney School
Director of Dance

The Putney School seeks a full-time Dance program head to begin in Fall 2016. Putney is a progressive, coeducational, boarding school of 230 students located in Putney, Vermont. The school has a longstanding commitment to arts education, inter-disciplinarity, and diversity. For a complete job description please click here.

University of Calgary - School of Creative and Performing Arts
Assistant Professor in Dance Science

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California Institute of the Arts - Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance
Dance History, Aesthetics and Pedagogy Faculty

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University of California Santa Barbara
Assistant Professor of Dance

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Western Michigan University
Tenure-Track Faculty position in Jazz Dance

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Review begins January 15th, 2016

USC, Los Angeles, CA
Assistant Professor of Practice in Contemporary and Ballet Technique

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance seeks a Non-Tenure Track, Assistant Professor of Practice in Contemporary and Ballet Technique with expertise in one of the following areas: music, dance history, new media or digital performance.

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Review begins December 1st, 2015

University of Salzburg
Visiting Professor of Dance Studies

The Department of Art History, Musicology and Dance Studies, Division of Musicology and Dance Studies invites applications for the following teaching assignments in Dance Studies in the summer semester, 2016.
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Deadline December 7th, 2015

University of California Santa Cruz
Full-Time Assistant Professor in Contemporary Dance

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Review begins December 1st, 2015

Texas Christian University
Assistant Professor of Dance

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Review begins December 1st, 2015

Washington University, St. Louis,MO
Assistant Professor, Department of Performing Arts

The Department of Performing Arts at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment in Modern Dance at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in the fall semester of 2016. A Ph.D. in dance, performance studies, or a closely related field and at least three years of experience as a dancer/choreographer required at the time of appointment. Applicants should have an active focus on research and publication. A global perspective on dance, interests in interdisciplinary approaches to dance study (dance sociology, performance studies, gender, etc.) and in Contemporary Dance are also welcome. Duties will include teaching assigned courses in dance theory, history and technique; conducting research; writing for publication; engaging in creative activities; advising students; participating in department governance; and university service.

Application materials should include a CV, transcript, writing sample, statement of ongoing and future research and teaching goals, 3 letters of reference. A performance video is optional. Applications by email are preferable: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Mailed applications may be sent to Cindy Kahn, Assistant to the Chair, Performing Arts Department, Campus Box 1108, Washington University, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.

Full consideration and priority will be given to application materials received by November 15, 2015, but materials will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Washington University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and especially encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York
Director of Dance Program

The Dance Program at Sarah Lawrence College is seeking a new Director who is an accomplished teacher for our distinguished program in Dance. The successful candidate will be a prominent and active dance artist with proven achievement in choreography and performance, an established teaching practice and administrative experience.  An advanced degree in the field is desired, or its professional equivalent. Familiarity with dance in a liberal arts curriculum for both undergraduate and graduate students is essential. Possibility of early tenure review.  Starting date August 2016.

Applicants should include the following: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a brief personal statement addressing their approach to teaching and artistic practice, with relevant materials. To apply for the position, please go to: .

Application review will begin September 15, 2015. The position will remain open until filled.

Sarah Lawrence College is a small liberal arts college twenty miles from New York City with a unique pedagogy based on small classes, individual tutorials, interdisciplinary study and a strong commitment to the arts. For information on Sarah Lawrence College, our curriculum, teaching methods, and philosophy of education, please see our Web site at: SLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to achieving a racially and culturally diverse community.

Barnard College, Columbia University, New York City
Professor of Dance

The Department of Dance of Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City, invites applications for a full-time, renewable three-year appointment as an Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Professional Practice to begin July 1, 2016. The ideal candidate will be a performing artist with a national or international reputation, a demonstrated capacity for creative work, the potential for continuing to make professional work of a high order and for expanding the Department’s artistic and teaching profile. Experience in college teaching is required. Teaching responsibilities could include composition, several levels of technique, performance, and repertory in addition to choreographing occasionally for Department concerts. Expertise in areas such as new media/digital, community-based, or site-specific performance, somatic practice, and/or global forms is desirable. Additional responsibilities include advising and mentoring students and performing department and college service within a liberal arts environment. Leadership potential is a must. Preference will be given to candidates with an M.F.A. or related academic credentials.

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Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2015.
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Barnard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

Dance Aotearoa New Zealand
Chief Executive

DANZ (Dance Aotearoa New Zealand) delivers services and leadership to the dance sector as a kaitiaki – caretaker, advocate, facilitator and guide. Its vision is for vibrant and thriving dance in Aotearoa New Zealand. DANZ is seeking the right person to take up this newly created role.

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University of California, Riverside
Part-time Position, Department of Dance: Lecturer

Dance Dept., University of California, Riverside invites applications for a lecturer to teach one course in Fall 2015. Responsibilities include teaching a four-unit, upper-division undergraduate course, “Dance Touring Ensemble,” for student dancers to participate in the Gluck Contemporary Dance Ensemble, a project of UC Riverside’s Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts. During the ten weeks of the quarter, the instructor meets twice weekly with Ensemble members to create a contemporary dance program for performances in K–12 and other community sites.

For specific application requirements and information refer to

Wendy Rogers — Search Committee Chair
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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA/Veterans Employer.

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University of California, Riverside
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Dance: Critical Dance Studies

Dance Dept., University of California, Riverside invites applications for an 83% Visiting Assistant Professor in Critical Dance Studies. Responsibilities include teaching a combination of five undergraduate and/or graduate level classes over the course of the 2015–16 academic year. Requirements include a Ph.D. in Dance Studies or Performance Studies and previous college teaching experience.

For specific application requirements and information refer to The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ ADA/Veterans Employer.

Jacqueline Shea Murphy — Search Committee Chair
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University of Roehampton, London
Vice Chancellor’s Scholarships—Eligible PhD Projects in Dance

In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), the Department of Dance was ranked number 1 in the UK for dance research. Our fully funded PhD studentships allow you to work with internationally recognised scholars and practitioners on subjects of contemporary relevance, and engage with the largest doctoral dance community in the world. For information on the Centre for Dance Research and our PhD supervisors, go to

Eligible Projects:

Folk Dance Revival through Oral History (with English Folk Dance and Song Society), with Professor Theresa Buckland
Using oral history as its methodology, this project explores the revival of British folk dance through its various stages during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It takes note of the most recent resurgence of interest, fuelled by a return to traditional acoustic folk music in the 1990s and aided by media attention such as the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, as well as and films and documentaries charting the revival of dance forms.
Interdisciplinarity & Collaborative Practice for the Independent Dance Artist (with Independent Dance and Siobhan Davis Dance), with Professor E Claid
Collaboration and interdisciplinarity will be the common broader areas of research that this PhD project could address. The practice-as-research project will be shaped in further detail by the applicant in dialogue with the supporting partners and the University of Roehampton, and we would expect the researcher to find ways to embed their practice and research into the activities of ID and SDD. As with any p-a-r project, the researcher would outline the types of outcomes they imagine would emerge from their practice.
Professionalisation of Indian Dance in the UK: Akademi's pioneering role (with Akademi of Indian Dance), with Dr Ann David
For over 30 years, Akademi has pioneered new visions of dance, synthesizing traditional and contemporary influences and cultural exchange and becoming part of the artistic DNA of the UK. This project examines the professionalisation of Indian dancers and the pioneering roles Akademi, and other Indian dance institutions have played in this significant change and perception of these performers.
Constructing a Legacy: British Black Dance (in partnership with ADAD – African Dance of the Diaspora), with Dr Stacey Prickett
ADAD is a national organization that supports the practice and appreciation of the dance of the African Diaspora. Its work enables such dance genres to be visible and to be valued as part of the British cultural experience. This scholarship would help raise the profile of dance of the African diaspora in Britain, mapping how the work of ADAD sits within a larger global framework.
Curation as a Form of Artistic Practice (in partnership with Dance Umbrella), with Dr Efrosini Protopapa
Founded in 1978, Dance Umbrella is internationally recognised for its annual October festival. In addition, projects supporting artists and engaging with the public with choreography now take place year-round. To date, DU has reached audiences of over one million people in London. As a curator of outstanding, experimental and newly created works, DU's work is unparalleled. This project seeks to understand artistic practices and decision-making in the current global climate of dance performance.

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Reed College

Assistant Professor of Dance

Reed College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Dance Studies to begin Fall 2015.Salary is competitive, including benefits and support for travel and research.

We seek candidates with a strong commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level and a lively program of scholarship. The position is focused in Dance Studies but will include a limited amount of studio teaching.The successful candidate would teach five courses over two semesters, including introductory dance history, junior seminar in dance studies, and three additional dance studies and studio courses in the candidate’s area(s) of expertise. The candidate will also contribute to the development of an incipient dance major program that recognizes the cultural diversity of the field. Our pedagogy emphasizes the integration of theory and practice; the ideal candidate would seek to enhance work in the classroom with embodied activities and work in the studio with contextual study.As a small, collaborative department, members of the dance faculty contribute to the supervision of undergraduate capstone theses and production of performances and events with students and visiting artists.Candidates must have Ph.D. in hand or near completion. Information on the department is available at

Reed College is a small, distinguished liberal arts institution committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship. Reed students are known for their outstanding intellectual engagement and creativity. Reed’s new Performing Arts Building, opened in Fall 2013, provides a vital facility for new initiatives in the performing arts and for fostering interdisciplinary opportunities across the college. Portland, Oregon has a thriving artistic community, numerous dance companies, a major dance presenting organization and an international performing arts festival. The expansion of Reed’s dance program will allow us new opportunities to interface with Portland’s artistic community.

Please submit a letter of application describing your teaching, scholarly and/or artistic interests, CV, sample syllabi for an introductory dance history course, upper-division dance studies course and studio course, examples of scholarly and/or artistic work, and three letters of recommendation to Reed College is a community that believes cultural diversity is essential to the excellence of our academic program. In your letter of application, please address how your scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and/or community service might support Reed College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in the College’s diversity statement (

Review of applications will begin January 26, 2015. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The position is contingent on expected funding. Questions may be addressed to Carla Mann, chair of the search committee, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. An Equal Opportunity Employer, Reed College values diversity and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.

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Denison University Department of Dance

Denison University (Granville, OH) Department of Dance seeks a full-time, three-year replacement position in a small but vibrant department that balances Eurocentric and Africanist values, movement practices, and dance studies.

We are most keen on hiring someone with writing expertise, and for whom contributing to the teaching of writing in the discipline will be a priority. The successful candidate will be able to teach all levels of modern/postmodern movement technique, and any three of the following: Composition, Cultural Studies (a topics course on some aspect of dance history), Movement Analysis (Laban-based), and Somatics (Body-Mind Centering, Feldenkrais, Ideokinesis, etc. preferred). Preference will be given to candidates who are certified in either movement analysis or somatics. The department also offers a Seminar in Production and Performance courses; these are very welcome additions to the candidate’s teaching expertise.

PhD/PhD(abd) or MFA is required; PhD is preferred. Denison University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster a diverse campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic background.

Inquiries can be addressed to Beth White, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information and Applications may be made at

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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...

  • 2016 SDHS + CORD Joint Conference
    Beyond Authenticity & Appropriation: Bodies, Authorship and Choreographies of Transmission
    Nov 3-6, 2016
    Pomona College, Claremont, CA

  • 2017 CORD + SDHS Joint Conference
    Transmissions and Traces: Rendering Dance
    October 19-22, 2017
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio USA
    Call for Proposals will be posted in November 2016
To presenters at the 2015 joint conference with CORD in Athens Greece. Guidelines for submission of conference proceedings may be found here.

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

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

Conversations call for contributions: Dancing the African Diaspora. Guest Editors: Takiyah Nur Amin and Thomas F. DeFrantz. Note that the deadline for submissions has again been extended. It is now July 15, 2015.

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