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Membership in DSA is open to all persons and organizations interested in advancing the field of dance studies through research, publication, performance, and outreach to audiences across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. To join, please choose from one of the membership levels below. To renew, please click the RENEW button in the navigation bar above and sign-in.

In response to the economic uncertainties facing our DSA community in the present and foreseeable future, the DSA Board has voted to restructure membership categories to enable members to self-select a rate based on annual income - effective September 1st, 2020. There is no requirement for proof of income; members simply choose a rate that best represents their ability to pay for the present year. These rates are also more redistributive, with the lowest rates lower than under the old structure and the highest rates higher. The DSA leadership is focusing on ways to restructure and redistribute our organizational labor and our community benefits. This is step 1 towards a more accessible and equitable Dance Studies Association membership and community.

Annual dues are competitive with similar organizations and are reduced for students. Additional contributions at any level beyond the basic membership are always welcome. Individual membership fees are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law as contributions to a not-for-profit organization.

DSA dues may be paid by c redit card or by check, bank draft, or money order in US dollars. DSA does not accept bank transfers for dues.

Your membership is active for 1 year from the date of purchase. DSA annual memberships are non-refundable once purchased. Refunds may be issued in case of extenuating circumstances by contacting [email protected]


  • Income above $125,000(Print): $270
  • Income above $125,000 (Digital): $250
  • Income $100,000-$125,000 (Print): $245
  • Income $100,000-$125,000 (Digital): $225
  • Income $75,000-$100,000 (Print): $195
  • Income $75,000-$100,000 (Digital): $175
  • Income $50,000-$75,000 (Print): $145
  • Income $50,000-$75,000 (Digital): $125
  • Income $25,000-$50,000 (Print): $65
  • Income $25,000-$50,000 (Digital): $50
  • Income under $25,0000 (Digital): $25
  • Institutional Members (Digital & Print): $475


  • Voting privileges
  • Discounted conference registration for DSA and affiliated organizations, including DCA (Dance Critics Association), and SCDS/SECD (The Society for Canadian Dance Studies/La Société des etudes canadiennes en danse)
  • Free access to virtual events
  • Access to mobile app
  • Access to members-only areas of the DSA website
  • Student members: eligible for Selma Jeanne Cohen Award for outstanding dance scholarship of a conference paper, and the Graduate Student Travel Grants for subsidizing student travel to conferences


  • Three printed copies of Dance Research Journal annually
  • One copy of the annual Studies in Dance History book
  • Electronic access to Dance Research Journal and Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies


  • One e-book copy of the annual Studies in Dance History book
  • Electronic access to Dance Research Journal and Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies


  • Discounted conference registration for DSA conferences for up to four individuals
  • One copy of the book from annual book series, Studies in Dance History, published by the University of Michigan Press
  • Print and electronic subscription to Dance Research Journal, published by Cambridge University Press (3 issues per year)
  • One vote in elections
  • Access to online content for up to four individuals

Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) Memberships as low as $5 were instituted in September 2020 in response to the extreme financial precarity of the pandemic.  PWYC rates were available for seven months, and all PWYC memberships purchased within that 7-month window will be honored for the full year from date of purchase.  DSA continues to work to reduce financial barriers to membership, but can no longer sustain member fees below $25.


For any current members that renewed or joined between July 1-September 1, 2020, you may switch to this new system and receive a refund if necessary. Email [email protected] if you would like to request a swap to this new structure. All current memberships are essential to our operations and will be honored in full. If you would like to inquire about a refund or transfer to this new system and fall outside of the July 1-September 1 window, please email us at [email protected]. The purpose of this new system is access and equity, so please reach out with any questions, concerns, or barriers to your membership. We are here to work to broaden our community access and grow our DSA membership along the way.