Dance Research Journal, December 2017


Volume 49, Number 3

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Editor: Helen Thomas

The first article in this issue, “It Matters How You Move: An Ethnographic Memoir on Collaboration Between Dance Studies and Neuroscience,” by Janet O’Shea, offers both an experientially reflective and a reflexive analytical account that emerged from a joint collaborative funded “transdisciplinary” pilot research project between the author and a neuropsychologist colleague at UCLA. 
In her article, “The Reda Folkloric Dance Troupe and Egyptian State Support During the Nasser Period,” Anne Vermeyden examines the complex historical circumstances that contributed to the rapid success of the Egyptian dance company, The Reda Troupe, which was founded by Mahmoud Reda in 1958, two years after Gamal Nasser became President of Egypt, heading the nationalist, anti-colonialist, socialist Egyptian government.

The third article, “When Is Contemporary Dance?” by SanSan Kwan, brings into focus the thorny issues surrounding the range of meanings and interpretations of the term “contemporary” dance, not only in relation to the element of time or duration, but also to form and content, and space and place.

Table of Contents


pp. 1–3

Editor’s Note

Helen Thomas

pp. 4

Statement from the Dance Studies Association

pp. 5-23

It Matters How You Move: An Ethnographic Memoir on Collaboration Between Dance Studies and Neuroscience

Janet O'Shea

pp. 24–37

The Reda Folkloric Dance Troupe and Egyptian State Support During the Nasser Period

Anne Vermeyden

pp. 38–52

When Is Contemporary Dance?

SanSan Kwan

pp. 53–69

Searching for the Soul: A Training Program for Moroccan Contemporary Dancers

Karima Borni

pp. 70–90

“Ballerinas on the Dole:”: Dance and the U.S. Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA), 1974–1982

Colleen Hooper

pp. 91–94

Dance Dramaturgy: Modes of Agency, Awareness and Engagement ed. by Pil Hansen and Darcey Callison (Review)

Jess Applebaum

pp. 94-96

Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora by Joanna Dee Das (Review)

Doria E. Charlson

pp. 96-98

Playable Bodies: Dance Games and Intimate Media by Kiri Miller (Review)

Mara Mandradjieff

pp. 98-101

Shapes of American Ballet: Teachers and Training Before Balanchine by Jessica Zeller (Review)

Jennie Scholick

pp. 101-103

Singularities: Dance in the Age of Performance by André Lepecki (Review)

Alison D'Amato

pp. 105-106

Books Received