Conferences / Annual Conference

Digital DSA

September 1 – December 1, 2020
Virtual Events
Zoom link available to members and registrants, to be launched in mid-September

Digital DSA emerged from the cancellation of our 2020 annual in-person gathering, a cancellation forced by the global pandemic. As we maintain community while distancing, DSA will program virtual gatherings throughout the fall of 2020 free to our membership. While these events can’t hope to replace or replicate the totality of in-person conference weekend, Digital DSA will hold the field to account for anti-racist systemic change and other seismic global shifts.

Registration and mobile app will be live in mid-September. Stay tuned!

Digital DSA includes panels and webinars, graduate student writing groups & professionalization workshop, editor office hours, and more.

The DSA mobile app is available for download for members: for up-to-the-minute information, social networking opportunities, and more. 

Registration is live for all events. All Digital DSA events are free to DSA members, but still requires registration below. Non-members must register. Click below to register, PER EVENT:

Digital DSA events will continue into 2021, including two events in development: Intersectional Solidarities Against Anti-Blackness in Dance Studies and Histories of Anti-Black Racism in Dance Studies: A Reckoning.  

Conference details


Registration is live for September events.  October and November registration is forthcoming. All Digital DSA events are free to DSA members, but still requires registration below. CLICK TO REGISTER, PER EVENT:

Choose the fee that best represents your ability to support DSA. When you pay at the high end of the scale, you help others to access Digital DSA events.
 When you pay in the middle range, you help cover costs.
 When you pay in the lower range, you let the community offer help and support.
 Each event requires registration for all attendees, to ensure we have the technical capacity to run smoothly.

Note, DSA has relaunched our membership structure with annual dues as low as $25 (based upon annual income) and Digital DSA events are free to all members. If there are financial barriers to your Digital DSA attendance, please reach out at and we can assist.


September 19
1-3pm CST

Graduate Student Writing Group (focus on coursework and pre-dissertation research)

Sign-Up Closed
September 26
10-11:30am CST

The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance + Dance Studies Association present Black Voices in Dance Studies series: curated highlights from the CADD 2020 conference, Fluid Black::Dance Back

Click REGISTRATION button to register
September 27
6-7:30pm CST

Dancing in Blackness, Celebration of Halifu Osumare, 2020 Distinction in Dance Awardee

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September 30
5-6pm CST

Grad Student Meet & Greet

Zoom link in DSA mobile app
October 1
11-12:30pm CST

DSA Editor's Panel (A panel featuring each of the editors from SiDH book series, DRJ & Conversations, to include a Q & A, particularly aimed at early-career researchersModerated by Sherril Dodds)

Registration open mid-September
October 15
1-3pm CST

Sally Banes: An Early Dynamo of Dance Studies (Memorial Panel organized by DSA members Wendy Perron and Lynn Garafola)

Registration open mid-September
October 16
12-1pm CST

Membership Meeting and Dixie Durr Award Celebration for Anne Flynn

Zoom link sent in advance to all members
2-3:30PM CST

Matriarchs Uprising, curated by Olivia C. Davis (Artistic Director of Vancouver-based O.Dela Arts)

Registration open mid-September
October 17
10-11:30am CST

The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance + Dance Studies Association present Black Voices in Dance Studies series: Connectivity (Dr. Katrina Hazzard-Donald)

Registration open mid-September
October 21
11am-12:30pm CST

Selma Jeanne Cohen award panel (Zena Bibler, Ellen Gerdes, Pratichi Priyambada, moderated by VK Preston)

Registration open mid-September
October 24
1-3pm CST

Graduate Student Writing Group (focus on thesis/dissertation writing)

Sign-up in advance required (link forthcoming)
October 27
7:30-9pm CST

SiDH Book Launch, Corporeal Politics: Dancing East Asia (Curated by co-editors Katherine Mezur & Emily Wilcox)

Registration open mid-September
November 7
10-11:30am CST

The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance + Dance Studies Association present Black Voices in Dance Studies series: Dr. John Perpener

Registration open mid-September
November 12
11am-12:30pm CST

Provincializing Dance Studies Panel, launch of 5-year Internationalization Initiative (Thomas DeFrantz, Durham; Lena Hammergren, Stockholm; Ya-ping Chen, Taipei; Urmimala Sarkar, Delhi; Susana Tambutti, Buenos Aires; and Susan Foster, Los Angeles)

Registration open mid-September
November 15
2:30-4pm CST

Unsettling 'Professionalism': A workshop for BIPOC graduate students, first-generation students, and allies

Registration open mid-September
November 21
1-3pm CST

Graduate Student Writing Group (focus on transition from thesis/dissertation to publication)

Sign-up in advance required (link forthcoming)
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DSA Editor's Office Hours

To give researchers the opportunity to meet with DSA editors for 1:1 mentorship and advising

Review available slots and sign-up HERE. You may sign-up for one slot only. These meetings are meant to be informal conversations about your research/writing as it pertains to a specific publication.

All dates/times are listed in CST time zone.

Meet with:

Clare Croft is a dance historian and theorist, as well as a dramaturg and curator. She is the author of Dancers as Diplomats: American Choreography in Cultural Exchange (Oxford, 2015), a study of the U.S. State Department’s sponsorship of international dance tours as a form of cultural diplomacy. She is also the editor of the book and website Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings (Oxford, 2017), a collection of essays by scholars and artists. In connection to this volume, Croft also curates the EXPLODE: queer dance festival, which began as a series of performances in Ann Arbor from 2012-2015, and has since toured to New York, Chicago, and California.

Croft is also the founder and curator of Daring Dances, a curatorial initiative based in southeast Michigan. An active dramaturg, Croft frequently collaborates with artists including Thomas DeFrantz and Jennifer Harge, and leads community engagement work with arts presenters including Ann Arbor’s UMS; the Fusebox Festival in Austin, Texas; and Portland, Oregon’s TBA Festival.

Croft’s academic writing has appeared in numerous journals including QED: Journal of LGBTQ Worldmaking, Dance Research Journal, and Theatre Journal. Her writing has been recognized widely: Dancers as Diplomats received the Congress on Research in Dance’s Outstanding Publication Prize in 2016, and the article “Ballet Nations” received the American Society of Theatre Research’s Sally Banes Publication Prize in 2010. Dance Magazine named the 2019 EXPLODE queer dance festival in Chicago (co-curated with Anna Martine Whitehead) one of the “Top Dance Events of 2019.” In all her work, Croft seeks to cross the divide between academia and the art world, and she has written for venues like The Brooklyn Rail, The Washington Post, and the LA Review of Books. Croft is also the editor of the book series, Studies in Dance History, the book series of the Dance Studies Association. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan.

Croft is appointed in the departments of Dance and American Culture. She holds a PhD in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas-Austin.

San San Kwan is an Associate Professor and Head Graduate Advisor at University of California, Berkley. She holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies, New York University. SanSan’s research interests include dance studies, Asian American studies, theories of space and kinesthesia, and interculturalism. She is author of Kinesthetic City: Dance and Movement in Chinese Urban Spaces (Oxford UP, 2013), as well as co-editor, with Kenneth Speirs, of the anthology, Mixing It Up: Multiracial Subjects (University of Texas Press, 2004). Her article on the varied and contended understandings of the “contemporary” in contemporary dance is published in the December 2017 issue of Dance Research Journal. Her work on dance artists Jérôme Bel and Pichet Klunchun and the ethics and politics of interculturalism is published in Theatre Survey. Her research on cartographies of race and the Chop Suey circuit, a group of Asian American cabaret entertainers who toured the nation during the World War II era, is published in TDR. Additional articles can be found in Representations, Performance Research, and other journals and anthologies. Her current book, Love Dances: Loss and Mourning in Intercultural Collaboration is forthcoming with Oxford UP. SanSan danced professionally in New York with Joanna Mendl Shaw, Jonathon Appels, Maura Nguyen Donohue, HT Chen, and others. She remains active as a professional dancer and is currently performing with Lenora Lee Dance.

Rosemary Candelario, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Texas Woman's University. She writes about and makes dances engaged with butoh, ecology, and site-specific performance. She is the recipient of the 2018 Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize for Dance Research for her book Flowers Cracking Concrete: Eiko & Koma's Asian/American Choreographies (Wesleyan University Press 2016). Rosemary is also the co-editor with Bruce Baird of The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance (2018). Recent choreographic premieres include aqueous (2019, Kyoto Butoh Festival, Japan) and 100 Ways to Kiss the Trees (2018, Denton, Texas). Her current book project examines performances about and in response to abortion by artists and activists in the US. At TWU Rosemary coordinates the PhD in Dance program; teaches graduate courses in theory, methodology, and writing; and advises dissertation research and writing. She holds a PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA.

Rebekah Kowal is a Professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches dance history and theory and serves as the DEO of the Department of Dance. Her research investigates how moving bodies are compelling agents of social, cultural, and political change. A dancer and scholar, Kowal seeks to forge interdisciplinary connections between dance theory and practice. After completing a BA in English at Barnard College/Columbia University, she danced in New York City with Heidi Henderson, Molly Rabinowitz, Bryan Hayes, and Pat Cremmins. She holds a CMA from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute and a PhD in American Studies from NYU. Prior to joining the faculty at Iowa, she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Performance Studies at Haverford College.

Her articles and reviews appear in Dance Research Journal, Dance Research, TDR, Performance Research, Dance Selected Research, Vol. 6, The Returns of Alwin Nikolais: Bodies, Boundaries and the Dance Canon (eds. Randy Martin and Claudia Gitelman), The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Ethnicity (eds. Anthony Shay and Barbara Sellers-Young), and The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics (eds. Rebekah Kowal, Gerald Siegmund, and Randy Martin). She is co-editor with Gerald Siegmund and Randy Martin of The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Kowal’s new monograph, Dancing the World Smaller: Staging Globalism in Mid-Century America (Oxford University Press, 2020), examines international dance performances in New York City in the 1940s as sites in which dance artists and audiences contested what it meant to practice globalism in mid-century America. Produced in non-traditional dance venues, such as the American Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Hall, The Ethnologic Dance Center, and the 1948 New York Golden Jubilee Celebration, these performances elevated dance as an intercultural bridge across human differences and dance artists as transcultural interlocutors. The book illuminates how debates within diverse dance contexts proxied larger cultural struggles over how to reconcile America’s new role in the world following World War II and how to become a heterogeneous and inclusive nation.

Kowal has won awards for her scholarly research including: honorable mention for the Biennial Sally Banes Publication Prize given by the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) (2018 shared with G. Siegmund and R. Martin for The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics); the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) Outstanding Publication Award (2012 for How to Do Things with Dance); the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) Gertrude Lippincott Award (2008 for “Dance Travels: Walking with Pearl”); and a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend Award in 2012. In 2009, she received the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholar Award, recognizing her as the top newly tenured scholar in the arts and humanities.