Congress on Research in Dance

Congress on Research in Dance was a professional organization for dance historians in the United States and worldwide that merged in 2017 with the Society of Dance History Scholars to form the Dance Studies Association (DSA).

An international non-profit learned society for dance researchers, artists, performers and choreographers, CORD published the Dance Research Journal and sponsored annual conferences and awards for scholarship and contributions to the field.[1] The journal and awards have been absorbed into the DSA.

The society was founded in 1964 as the Committee on Research in Dance,[2] and based at New York University. It was formally incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization in 1969. The organization changed its name to Congress on Research in Dance in 1977. In 1991, it moved to the State University of New York College at Brockport. In 2007, the CORD National Office moved to the care of Prime Management Services based in Birmingham, Alabama. Membership generally includes performers, choreographers, artists and dance academics from colleges and universities.


The Dance Research Journal is a triannual peer-reviewed academic journal publishing scholarly articles, book reviews, and other reports of interest to the field of dance research, with its primary orientation being towards the historical and critical theory of dance. The journal was published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Congress on Research in Dance until the merger in 2017. Now it is on behalf of the Dance Studies Association. The journal was established in 1968.

The journal is abstracted and indexed in Academic ASAP, Academic Search Elite, Academic Search Premier, Expanded Academic, Humanities Index, Index to Dance Periodicals, International Index to Performing Arts, and ProQuest.

Awards issued

Outstanding Contribution to Dance Research

Outstanding Leadership in Dance Research

(now the Dixie Durr Award for Outstanding Service to Dance Research)

  • 2010, Ann Dils
  • 2011, Barbara Sellers-Young
  • 2012, Cara Gargano
  • 2013, Sally Ness
  • 2014, Libby Smigel
  • 2015 Elizabeth Aldrich
  • 2016 Jacqueline Shea Murphy
  • 2017, Ann Cooper Albright

See also


  1. CORD award recipients.
  2. Kolcio, Katja (Spring 2007). "A pillar supporting research in dance for 40 years" (Word doc). CORD Newsletter. Congress on Research in Dance. XXVII (1). Retrieved 2008-06-08.

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