2016 Editor’s Introduction

“Two Tutus” by Erin Bailey and Jessica Hale (Texas Woman’s University), Photography by Jesse Scroggins

“Two Tutus” by Erin Bailey and Jessica Hale (Texas Woman’s University), Photography by Jesse Scroggins

We are pleased to publish the fourth volume of the 2016 Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship (JEDS). In this journal are 6 articles from authors researching and practicing dance throughout the globe and a review of the 2015 site-specific choreography tour produced at the World Dance Alliance Americas conference held at The University of Hawai’i- Manoa.  Each article discusses dance within the diverse geographical contexts of each author, thus opening exciting possibilities and numerous points of view for how dance might be practiced and analyzed in the future.  Each author went through a rigorous double-blind review process with noted dance scholars from around the world.  As the editors overseeing the review process, it was very heartening to watch the reviewers share supportive comments and insights to the emerging scholars, who are becoming the future voices of dance.  The dance community truly is one in which scholars generously share their expertise, their wisdom, and their care for those undertaking descriptions of movement practices in languages that are often not their native tongue.  The editors congratulate these scholars and reviewers for their patience, their hard work, and their continued passion for dance.

To navigate through the articles and WDAA review, please click on the link to each author under the JEDS themes Review of Site Specific Tour or How Dance is Analyzed and Re-Imagined in Diverse Settings.  In these links, you will find an abstract and bio for each author followed by a link to the article’s full-text.

The editors of JEDS now want to invite potential editors working outside the English language.  These editors will need to organize reviewers and authors representing their native languages as well as format the reviewed articles to meet the JEDS platform needs.  If there are any dance scholars interested in this opportunity, please contact Linda Caldwell at the email address listed below.

Linda Caldwell, Ph.D., (lcaldwell2@twu.edu) Professor and Coordinator of Doctoral Studies in Dance, Department of Dance, Texas Woman’s University, USA (World Dance Alliance-Americas – http://www.wda-americas.net/)

Urmimala Sarkar, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Theatre and Performance Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. (World Dance Alliance-Asia Pacific – http://www.wda-ap.org/wda-ap/wda-ap.htm )