Dance and Music Working Group
Chair: Nona Monahin
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Even though most dancing involves music, the topic of music has, ironically, been under-explored within dance studies. Currently there are working groups on dance within societies for musicology and ethnomusicology; this working group is the SDHS counterpart.

The working group on Dance and Music serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas among members who are interested in the interaction between music and dance. The group studies dance-music relationships from the perspectives of choreographers, dancers, musicians, and audience members, primarily within the context of Western theater dance.

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 2014 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...


SDHS Special Topics Conference, “Dance as Experience: Progressive Era Origins and Legacies”, March 26–28, 2015 in Baltimore, MD.

Conference 2015, Cut & Paste: Dance Advocacy in the Age of Austerity, a joint SDHS and CORD conference, will be held June 4–7, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Applications are now being accepted for the Selma Jeanne Cohen Award and the Graduate Student Travel Award.