Working Groups


Working Groups are smaller membership groups within the larger DSA organization. Working Groups meet during the Annual Conference and continue to network throughout the year via e-mail, in online meetings, and via social media. Participation in Working Groups is open to all DSA members.

Susan Leigh Foster and Cynthia Oliver at the 2017 DSA Conference. Photo by Jess Cavender.

Maintaining a Working Group:

To maintain an “active” status, all Working Groups must do the following:

  • Maintain a minimum of 10 members;
  • Maintain an email list and/or social media group to communicate with members;
  • Add DSA members who indicate interest in the group to member communications (this process should be automated through the DSA website when DSA members register);
  • Meet as a group once a year outside the Annual Conference (the DSA Zoom account may be used for this purpose to meet remotely);
  • Hold a Working Group meeting at the Annual Conference;
  • Offer a public 10-minute presentation at one Working Group Lightning Session held during the Annual Conference;
  • Maintain an updated group description and contact information on the DSA website.

Annual Survey:

Each year during registration for the Annual Conference, the DSA Executive Director will send out a survey to leaders of existing Working Groups whether the Working Group is still active, gathering updated information for the website, and confirming participation in the upcoming Annual Conference. Responses will be due at the Annual Conference registration deadline. If there is no response to this survey by the deadline, the Working Group will be placed on “inactive” status and will not be programmed into the Annual Conference schedule. If the group is “inactive” for more than one consecutive year, the group will be closed.

Forming a Working Group:

An active DSA member who is interested in forming a new Working Group should contact the VP for Professional Development at least 4 months ahead of the next Annual Conference. They should provide a proposed name for the Working Group; a 2 to 3 sentence description of the proposed topic; names of any DSA members who have expressed interest in joining the group; and their understanding of the policies outlined above regarding maintaining a Working Group. Following consultation with the VP (to assure a good fit with DSA and with existing Working Groups, and to ensure there is space to add a Working Group) they will be scheduled to hold an exploratory Working Group meeting during the upcoming Annual Conference.  If the exploratory meeting results in a decision to form a Working Group, the group will inform the VP for Professional Development and the Executive Director of DSA via email, submitting the current list of WG members and their agreement to meet all of the requirements for maintaining a Working Group.The ED or VP will then bring a motion to the DSA Board of Directors to add the new Working Group to the DSA website and include it in the annual survey of Working Groups for the next Annual Conference. 

Dance and Technology

We aim to create discourse surrounding dance and technology and the nature of the relationship in an historical, socio-political context.

Diversity

This working group was created as a space to share resources pursuant to issues of multiculturalism, inclusion and diversity in dance curricula in higher ed.

Dance History Teachers

The focus of this group is discussion of issues and exchange of information concerning the teaching of dance history in college and university settings.

Dancing the Long Nineteenth Century

This working group is devoted to the artistic issues of the Nineteenth Century.

Early Dance

A caucus of scholars, teachers, and performers who share a common interest in dance forms and movement practices from before the nineteenth century.

Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Dance Studies

A forum for the exchange of ideas among scholars and artists teaching or researching Latin American, Latino and Caribbean dance.

Popular, Social and Vernacular Dance

Comprises members with either a teaching, research, or personal interest in dance products and practices that exist in popular, social and vernacular contexts.

Practice-as-Research

This DSA working group investigates dance practice as a research tool and shall serve as a platform to share knowledge, strategies, materials and research ideas

Students in DSA

A forum for graduate students of all levels to explore the possibilities and challenges of advanced studies in dance.

Dance and Music