About Us

A Message from the Presidents of the Congress on Research in Dance and the Society for Dance History Scholars 

The Presidents of CORD and SDHS spoke at the
Joint Membership Meeting of CORD and SDHS at the 2015 conference in Athens, Greece.

The Congress on Research in Dance is an international organization of dance scholars, educators, and artist that aims to strengthen the visibility and increase the reach of dance as embodied practice, creative endeavor and intellectual discipline. CORD advances innovative understandings of dance by promoting diverse approaches and a globally inclusive, respectful dialogue in the dance field and across disciplines. To date CORD’s initiatives include:
Dance Research Journal
Published three times a year, Dance Research Journal is a premier, peer-reviewed journal for dance research that includes articles on dance history, theory, pedagogy, politics, science, ethnography, and intersections with cultural, gender, critical race, and diasporic studies, among others. DRJ is currently edited by Mark Franko.

Annual CORD conference bring together dance artists, teachers, scholars and critics to address issues pivotal to dance in the academy and profession.  Although each conference has a main theme, the format of the conference provides opportunities in seminars and working groups for individuals interested in specific areas such as pedagogy, choreography, dramaturgy, dance science, ethnography, history, and critical analysis to meet and exchange ideas. Members of CORD receive reduced admission to all CORD conferences as well as reduced rate registration to other dance and dance-related conferences.
CORD also supports international conferences, interdisciplinary encounters, and special topics conferences.
CORD offers three awards to its members: the Oscar G. Brockett Book Prices for Dance Research, the Outstanding Scholarly Research in Dance Award, the Dixie Durr Award for Outstanding Service to Dance Research and the Outstanding Publication in Dance Research Award.  The CORD awards were established to recognize scholarly excellence, contribute to motivating further research, signal to the scholarly world at large the work of the individuals recognized. The awards contribute not only to the visibility of the individuals and works honored, but also to the visibility of dance research and to our continuing drive for excellence in dance scholarship.

Graduate Student Opportunities
CORD is constantly finding innovative means to encourage Graduate Student participation in our organization as well as our conferences.  We offer highly discounted student membership rates as well as discounted conference registration.  CORD also offers work-study opportunities to make conference attendance more affordable for students.  CORD continues to develop ways to foster communication and mentorship through new website features such as our Career Forum.

The CORD website is a portal of information for our organization as well as the dance community as a whole.  CORD’s website offers job listings, conference announcements, CORD election notices, endowment information, links to dance resources, calls for awards nominations, and other information pertinent to the field of dance.  

Through our interactive membership directory, members may contact one another by simply clicking the “contact member” link under the user’s name.  As a CORD member you have access to our Member News and Announcements, for posting publications, events, calls for workshop participants, and research collaborators.

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