Organizing Dance, 1956–1978
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: Wesleyan University Press
This project was initiated and developed, starting early 1998, by the American Dance Guild to honor the founders of six dance organizations: The American Dance Guild, Congress On Research in Dance, American Dance Therapy Association, American College Dance Festival Association, Dance Critics Association, and Society of Dance History...
PART I: Introduction
[Cartesian] mind/body dualism is no mere philosophical position to be defended or dispensed with by clever argument. Rather, it is a practical metaphysics that has been deployed and socially embodied in medicine, law, literary and artistic representations, the psychological construction of self, interpersonal relationships, popular...
Precedents: Dance as Education, Art, and Culture
The beginning of dance as an intellectual discipline predates the organizations that are described in this book. The philosophical underpinnings and definitive issues that would situate dance in American higher education emerged in the early half of the century with the pioneering work of individual dancers and educators. The following account traces the efforts...
The Post-War Political Climate
The six organizations described in this book were part of a broader federally driven expansion of art in education. The period during which they were formed, from 1956 to 1978, is significant from a variety of perspectives. It overlaps with the proliferation of modern dance in American higher education during the period often referred to as the dance boom...
Performing a Public Voice: The Emergence of Six Organizations, 1956–1970
In the years between 1956 and 1978, federal emphasis on democracy and cultural freedom, economic investment in education and the arts, and the national climate of social ferment combined to create the context for modern dance to re-imagine itself. These factors stimulated radical aesthetic investigation and deconstruction in dance, most famously by the...
PART II: Telling of the Times: Interviews
The following interviews are arranged by organization in chronological order of their founding. Each group of interviews is preceded by a brief introduction that provides basic information pertaining to the nature and function of that organization, its earliest documented meetings and activities, and its major activities both at the time of founding and now. All...
The American Dance Guild, 1956
The American Dance Guild (ADG) was the first of the six organizations described in this book to be formed. From its inception, the mission of the Guild was to service the dance community as well as the general public by raising teaching and performing standards, improving working conditions of dance, increasing the public's appreciation of dance as an art...
The Congress on Research in Dance, 1965
The Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) was created to facilitate research in dance. The purposes listed on the CORD web site (www.cordance.org, 2007), are to encourage exploration in all aspects of dance, including related fields; to foster the exchange of ideas, resources, and methodology through publication, international and regional...
The American Dance Therapy Association, 1966
More than any of the other organizations, the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) functions as a definitive source of information, structural organization, and policy for its field of specialization, dance as a therapeutic practice. The ADTA web site (www.adta.org, 2007) lists its functions as a "(1) Guardian of professionalism, (2) Pioneering the...
The American College Dance Festival Association, 1973
Of the six organizations described in this book, the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) most overtly promotes the performance and practice of dance on college and university campuses. Its regional and national conferences, comprised of dance concerts and classes instead of scholarly papers, emphasize dance as a performing art. The...
The Dance Critics Association, 1974
The Dance Critics Association (DCA) seeks to solidify dance criticism as a distinct profession. According to the mission statement on its web site, (www.dancecritics.org, 2007) DCA, "seeks to further the identity of dance criticism as a profession; to offer its members solidarity; and to provide the means for exchanging information and exploring fresh...
The Society of Dance History Scholars, 1978
The Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) was founded in 1978 to focus primarily on the historical research of dance. SDHS advances a broad definition of dance history, "to recover the meaning of the dance event for participants and spectators," according to its web site, which leaves room for a variety of approaches and methodologies. Its...
As the "body" becomes increasingly visible in academic discourses across disciplines, the dancer/scholar's responsibilities and contributions similarly expand. Methodological practices develop in the field of dance, whereby knowledge that is produced within and through bodies in motion contributes a critical experiential perspective to extant structures...
Appendix I: History of the American Dance Guild
Appendix II: Other Important Figures Mentioned within the Interviews
About the Author
Page Count: 240
Illustrations: 9 illus.
Publication Year: 2010
OCLC Number: 776201899
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