Dance Research Journal

The Dance Research Journal (DRJ) is a peer-reviewed premiere publication for dance scholarship of international reach and includes articles, book reviews, and lists books received.

DRJ is published three times per year by Cambridge University Press.  Published articles address dance history, theory, politics, ethnography, and intersections with cultural, gender, critical race, and diasporic studies among others.  DRJ is committed to cross-disciplinary research with a dance perspective.  Contributions for publication consideration are open to both members and nonmembers of DSA, and will be accepted any time. 

Dance Research Journal access is free for DSA members, who may access issues online by signing into the DSA member portal and clicking "DRJ Member Access" on the far right of the menu bar.

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Most Recent Issue

Volume 54 - Issue 1 - April 2022
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(excerpt from Editor's Note) These articles are all nuanced examples of our field's grand reckonings with fundamental ideologies in dance and dance studies. These authors productively destabilize concepts like kinesthetics, somatics, technique, and representation by examining specific artists and aesthetics to disorient us, challenge us, and deepen our understanding.

Importantly, there is no singular path for this scholarship. These authors represent a range of sophisticated scholarly methodologies. They are artists, scholars, and artist-scholars engaged as participant-observers (both insider and outsider in terms of training and racial/cultural identity), historians, philosophers, critical theorists, auto-ethnographers, and interviewers, among other roles. Although this was not a curated issue, and each article stands on its own, they all speak to similar concerns. And the commonalities are an indication of the priorities of current scholarship in dance and important directions in the field. There is an emphasis on what goes on before a dance is performed for an audience on a stage because all recognize that dance is not benign and the stakes are high, personally and politically—of course, the personal is political. The articles work to dismantle controlling ideologies and privilege under-represented stories. These authors look to learning spaces, studios, and workshops, as well as performances. These are dance artists not only choreographing but also thinking, writing grants, engaging in philosophical and political debates, negotiating with gatekeepers, tackling dominating institutions, and ultimately trying to translate what is meaningful to them into dance for all our sakes. - Nadine George-Graves

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Rebekah Kowal, Executive Co-Editor

Nadine George-Graves, Executive Co-Editor

Victoria Fortuna & Camelia Lenart, Book Reviews Editor

To see the full Editorial Board, visit the Leadership & Management page.