The Dance Studies Association (DSA) is member-driven US based international organization of dance scholars, educators, and artists.  

The organization aims to strengthen the visibility and increase the reach of dance studies as a critical field of knowledge production, encompassing political, creative, and embodied practices at the intersection of the arts, humanities and social sciences. DSA advocates for and invests in anti-racist, decolonial, and caste conscious curation, programming, administration and labor practices at all levels of the organization. Moreover, DSA aims to/is committed to re-center(ing) marginalized voices, experiences, and ideas, adding to logo and oratic modes of understanding and communicating in the world. DSA cultivates innovative critical analyses of dance and movement practices through research, publication, performance, and advocacy across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. DSA is committed to the field of dance studies, as a place of radical inclusion and political possibility. 

Visioning Statement/Mission Statement (2023)

As a constituent member of the American Council of Learned Societies, DSA holds annual conferences as well as special topics conferences; publishes original scholarship through Dance Research JournalConversations Across the field of Dance Studies, and the Studies in Dance book series. DSA supports ongoing working groups and networking; collaborates with peer organizations in the U.S. and abroad; and presents annual awards for exemplary scholarship and leadership. 

2022 Conference Plenary

2022 Conference, Vancouver BC (photo by Joey Malbon)

Professional Memberships

Scholar at Risk (SAR)

American Council on Learned Societies (ACLS)

Donation Information:

Donations can be made online HERE.

Make checks payable to "Dance Studies Association"
phone: 708-550-3199
FEIN: 23-7029121
Dance Studies Association
c/o Melissa Blanco
70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208