2017 Editors’ Introduction

Choreolab, WDA Global Summit, Memorial University, St. Johns, Newfoundland, July, 2017. Photo: Linda Caldwell.

Choreolab, WDA Global Summit, Memorial University, St. Johns, Newfoundland, July, 2017. Photo: Linda Caldwell.

We are pleased to publish the fifth volume of the 2017 Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship (JEDS). In this journal are 5 articles from authors researching and practicing dance throughout the globe.  The articles are woven into the larger theme of  Dance in Practice, Pedagogy and Policy for JEDS 2017. Each article discusses dance within the diverse geographical contexts of each author, thus providing the readers with exciting insights regarding a varied perspective of how dance continues to remain an important phenomenon in communities across the world. Like the past volumes of JEDS, this volume has encouraged and been inclusive of diversity in forms of dance writing, but at the same time has been an effort to project emerging research on 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.

Choreolab, WDA Global Summit, Memorial University, St. Johns, Newfoundland, July, 2017. Photo: Linda Caldwell.

Choreolab, WDA Global Summit, Memorial University, St. Johns, Newfoundland, July, 2017. Photo: Linda Caldwell.

The Journal – initially imagined as a space for emerging authors to publish and share their research – has received huge support from the World Dance Alliance, which is especially invested in encouraging new research and scholarship on dance 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, please click on the link to each author under the JEDS theme 2017 JEDS Theme: Dance in Practice, Pedagogy and Policy. In this link, 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 Urmimala Sarkar at the email address listed below.

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 )

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/)