Past Award Recipients


DSA is proud to acknowledge the many prior award winners from the Congress on Research in Dance. Below is a list of past recipients dating back to 1995.

Distinction in Dance Award Recipient Lynn Garafola with Janice Ross at the 2017 DSA Conference. Photo by Jess Cavender.

2005
Marcia Siegel

Outstanding Contribution to Dance Research

2005
Katherine Dunham

Outstanding Leadership in Dance Research

2005
Anna Halprin

Outstanding Leadership in Dance Research

2005
Tresa Randall

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

2003
Sally Banes

Outstanding Contribution to Dance Research

2003
Jane Bonbright

Outstanding Leadership in Dance Research

2003
Sondra Fraleigh

Outstanding Service to Dance Research

2003
Basilio Esteban Villaruz

Outstanding Service to Dance Research

2003
Ya-Ping Chen

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

Project or Publication:

“Embodying Gender Struggle and Social Protest: The Influence of Tanztheater and the Wakening of Feminist Consciousness in Taiwan’s Modern Dance”

2003
Paul Scolieri

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

Project or Publication:

“Choreographing Encounter: Aztec Dance and the Noche Triste”

2001
Deborah Jowitt

Outstanding Contribution to Dance Research

2001
Beate Gordon

Outstanding Leadership in Dance Research

2001
Andrea Snyder

Outstanding Service to Dance Research

2001
Vanessa Rhea Justice

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

Project or Publication:

“Mapping the Phenomenon of the Body: The Concept of Body as Experienced and Expressed by Isadora Duncan, Chandralekha, and Anna Halprin”

2001
Indira Etwaroo

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

Project or Publication:

“’On-the-Outside- Looking-in and Lovin’ It’: A Philosophical Look at the Position of Women of Color in Dance Studies in Academia: A Study Within a Study”

2000
Ivor Guest

Outstanding Contribution to Dance Research

2000
David Vaughn

Outstanding Leadership in Dance Research

2000
Juliet McMains

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

Project or Publication:

“Brownface: A New Performance of Minstrelsy in Competitive Latin American Dance”

1999
Ernestine Stodelle

Outstanding Leadership in Dance Research

1999
Judy Van Zile

Outstanding Service to Dance Research

1999
Frances Bruce

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

Project or Publication:

“Mats Eks Giselle: The Familiar Disrupted”

1999
Marika Hedemyr

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

Project or Publication:

“The Dancing Body in New Mental Images of Time and Space”

1999
Anthea Kraut

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

Project or Publication:

“Staging the Diaspora: The Concerts of Zora Neale Hurston and Katherine Dunham”

1999
Mary Anne Santos Newhall

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

Project or Publication:

“Uniform Bodies: Masses Moving and Modern Totalitarian Politics”

1998
Kapila Vatsyayan

Outstanding Contribution to Dance Research

1998
Vicky Risner

Outstanding Leadership in Dance Research

1998
Lucy Venable

Outstanding Service to Dance Research

1998
Ju-yeon Ryu

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

1998
Elizabeth Templeton

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

1997
Ann Hutchinson Guest

Outstanding Contribution to Dance Research

1997
Selma Jeanne Cohen

Outstanding Leadership in Dance Research

1997
Anadel Lynton Snyder

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

1996
Joann Kealiinohomoku

Outstanding Contribution to Dance Research

Project or Publication:

“Ballet as a Form of Ethnic Dance”

1996
Gigi Oswald

Outstanding Leadership in Dance Research

1996
Dorothy Lourdou

Outstanding Service to Dance Research

1996
Julia Wagner

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

Project or Publication:

“From the Fringe Back to the Mainstream: Accounting for the Discursive Element in Rudolf Laban’s Language of Movement”

1996
Danielle Robinson

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

Project or Publication:

“Desire and Fear: The American Minstrelsy of Fanny Elssler”

1996
Ananya Chatterjea

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

Project or Publication:

“Chandralekha: Negotiating the Female Body and Movement in Cultural/Political Signification”

1995
Carl Wolz

Outstanding Leadership in Dance Research

1995
Judith Chapman

Outstanding Service to Dance Research

1995
Anna Scott

Outstanding Graduate Research Award