CORD and the Society of Dance History Scholars have merged into the DANCE STUDIES ASSOCIATION

On July 12, 2017, after four consecutive joint conferences and two years of intensive planning and organizational collaboration, the Congress on Research in Dance (founded 1969) and the Society of Dance History Scholars (founded 1978) successfully merged into the Dance Studies Association (DSA), registered as a not-for-profit organization in the state of New York. So, while DSA is “new,” it is grounded in a long history of dance scholarship and organizational infrastructure.

DSA will provide a home for dance scholars, educators and artists where we can collectively support dance advocacy and access, challenge and exercise our thinking about dance, and support each other’s development throughout the career span. DSA aspires to be a gathering place to facilitate collegiality and contribute to the advancement of the field.

During this transitional phase, our association management company (Association Executives Group) will maintain member services through the existing CORD website. Please use the email addresses listed on this website to contact us until construction of the new DSA website is completed later this year.

2018 DSA Conference
University of Malta
July 5-8, 2018

The theme of the 2018 DSA Conference is Contra: Dance & Conflict. Visit the 2018 conference site for more details including the Call for Proposals and how to submit a proposal for the conference. 

Our Mission

CORD promotes a globally inclusive respectful dialogue around embodied and discursive approaches to dance research.  Building on the rich legacy of dance scholarship, CORD advances innovative and creative understandings of dance.  Through mentorship, advocacy, and outreach, CORD fosters an international community of current and future dance leaders.


This year, the Congress on Research in Dance celebrates
its 50th anniversary! Please join us in the celebration.

Donate to the CORD@50 campaign to support conference attendance for graduate students and scholars without institutional support.

Read about or participate in the CORD history project (more information coming soon).

Dance Research Journal

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