Dancing the Long Nineteenth Century


Chair: Olivia Sabee, Swarthmore College

This working group serves as a forum for scholars interested in the history of dance during the long nineteenth century.

This working group is a forum for scholars interested in the history of dance during the long nineteenth century. We welcome scholars with a focus on any geographic area and dance form, and our interests include, but are not limited to, the following subjects: 

  • theatrical dance and artistic issues
  • social and popular dance
  • intersections between dance and other art forms
  • intersections between dance and other fields of knowledge
  • the relationship between dance and politics
  • the flows of and interaction between national and regional forms and variants of dance practice

This caucus of scholars, including those interested in the reconstruction and performance of nineteenth-century works, meets at our annual conferences to share ideas and information. Our goals include:

  1. welcoming interdisciplinary examination of the arts in this century, inviting scholars from related disciplines (music, literature, philosophy, architecture and the visual arts, theatre history, cultural history, and so on) to submit appropriate papers to DSA conferences.
  2. sharing ideas on research strategies and information on new sources of materials.
  3. sharing information on publication outlets for work on the 19th century.
  4. proposing panels and/or coordinating paper proposals.
  5. providing networking opportunities and introducing graduate students to experienced scholars working in areas of common interest.
  6. overall, increasing the visibility of research being done on nineteenth-century dance and providing support for peers and colleagues engaged in this work.