Call for Submissions: JEDS Issue no. XI

Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship (JEDS) calls for submissions for its 11th edition, inviting original scholarly articles and reviews that critically engage with the theme: Complexities and Challenges in Dance/Dance Studies.

The journal offers a supportive forum for emerging scholars engaged in research and practice of dance. All submissions are double-blind peer reviewed. Authors must be pursuing a graduate degree such as M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D., equivalent, or be within five years of having graduated (the degree does not need to be in dance, but the article must be focused on dance).

Submission deadline: 30 June 2024
Projected publication date: 15 Dec 2025

More info about submissions and the theme on the JEDS website: https://jedsonline.in/2024-Call%20for%20Submissions,%20Jeds%20issue%20no%20XI

Linking China to Asia-Pacific: Connections, Transformations in Dance Education

If you are an educator, scholar, or dancer concerned with the development of Asian dance cultures, this is the topic you are looking for. How have Asian dance cultures undergone transformations in dance higher education? The Asia-Pacific region is rich in dance culture history and resources. What are the implications of these historical legacies for contemporary dance culture and education? As the first state-owned dance school and the only higher education institution focusing specifically on dance in China, Beijing Dance Academy (BDA) will bring their years of experience in performance, academic research, talent training, and international cooperation on Asia-Pacific dance culture.

Zoom Session Time: 13:00-14:30 (1pm to 2:30pm) CST, Thursday 16 May 2024

Register now to join the discussion, and bring us your questions about dance culture in Asia-Pacific, international dance collaboration, and talent cultivation for dance higher education in China!

Register here: https://forms.gle/jWuZym7w43MToaGS8

Participation is free. Only registered participants will receive the link to the Zoom discussion.

Moderated by Lin Wang (Lynn) and organized by Beijing Dance Academy.

Date: Thursday 16 May
Time: 13:00 CST
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Platform: Zoom
Length of session: 90 minutes max

About the Speakers

Dr. Xu Rui is the President and Professor of Beijing Dance Academy, Doctoral Supervisor of China Academy of Art. He is the Vice Chairman of China Musical Theater Association, Vice Chairman of Beijing Dancers Association and Beijing Literary Critics Association. He was selected by the National Ministry of Education for the “New Century Outstanding Talents” program, and was awarded a full scholarship by the Asian Cultural Council of America (ACC).

Across the field of research and arts creation, he is the author of The Aesthetic And Self-Consciousness of Contemporary Chinese Folk Dance Creation, which is awarded the first prize of the Ninth China Federation of Literature and Art Criticism. He has created more than ten famous dance dramas and musicals, which have won the Wenhua Grand Prize, the highest honor for theatre arts creation in China. He is the founder of the “ArtsCross”, the contemporary dance creation and research program, which has a significant impact for the international dance community.

Dr. Zhibo Zhao is a highly trained dancer-choreographer and practice-based researcher who was awarded National First-Rank Dance Artist by the Chinese government. She received her professional training in Chinese Classical Dance at the age of 10 at the Affiliated Secondary School of Beijing Dance Academy (BDA) and later obtained her BA and MFA degrees at BDA. As a leading dancer with the BDA Dance Company, she performed Chinese dances in over 40 countries. Among these, she has been an associate artist of the ArtsCross project, an international intercultural dance research project, since 2009.

Zhibo moved to London in 2018 to pursue her PhD at Middlesex University, focusing on dance improvisation in relation to Chinese dance and dancers, and was awarded her doctorate in her viva with the proud distinction of having no corrections. In the UK dance sector, she has worked tirelessly to deliver talks and workshops on Chinese dance and created short and full-length works with her unique cultural perspective. Not only that, but together with her partner, their short-dance video account has created the miracle of having over 10 million followers on social media worldwide.

Qin Yanxi, Director of International Office of Beijing Dance Academy, member of International Education Committee of Chinese Society for Educational Development Strategy, council member of China Education Association for International Exchange, Secretary-General of the China-CEEC Dance Culture Union. She studied in the University of Reading and the University of Westminster in UK as a visiting scholar. She has been engaged in educational management and international cooperation and exchange in universities for many years and has rich working experience in higher education administration, international exchange and international student management.

Moderator

Lin WANG (Lynn) is PhD candidate at the University of Leeds, UK; Taipei Scholar of ArtsCross, an international dance research residency programme; Visiting Scholar at the School of Dance, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts; she received her BA and MFA degrees from the Beijing Dance Academy; she published her academic translation in 2019, Body Space Expression:The Development of Rudolf Laban’s Movement and Dance Concepts; and the most recent result of her research is Tutorial for Analysing Dance Movements.


Asia-Pacific Dance Dialogues explore current issues and viewpoints in dance around the region and the world, with invited dancers, choreographers, scholars and other dance practitioners. This monthly online series is hosted by World Dance Alliance chapters from the Asia-Pacific region, and reflects on topics in education and training, research and documentation, creation and presentation, and support and development.

Join us with your questions, share your unique perspectives, and strengthen your professional networks, as together we gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for dance in our world.

In 2024, these sessions are free and open to all; registration is required.


The First Session of Asia-Pacific Dance Dialogues!

First Steps Towards Publication, for Emerging Dance Scholars

If you’re an emerging dance scholar, placing your first publication in a respected peer-reviewed journal can seem like an impossible hurdle. Which journals are appropriate for your topic? What are the processes for submitting a paper? What can you expect after your paper is accepted? And where do you go from there?

Join dance scholars Sumedha Bhattacharyya (India) and Shanny Rann Chuah (Malaysia) in an online discussion as they share their experience of publishing articles in the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship. Emerging scholar Al Bernard Garcia (Philippines) will contribute his perspective from within the Southeast Asian dance academe.

Register now to join the discussion, and bring us your questions about writing for publication, working with editors, the pressure to publish, or predatory journals – get the tools you need to dance confidently towards publication!

Register here: https://forms.gle/ezS9FdjYnjX2kxcB8
Participation is free. Only registered participants will receive the link to the Zoom discussion.

Moderated by Bilqis Hijjas (Malaysia) and organised with Joelle Jacinto (Philippines).

Date: Thursday 21 March
Time: 5pm NZDT, 3pm AEDT, 12 noon CST, 10am BST, 9:30am IST, 4am GMT.
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Platform: Zoom
Length of session: 90 minutes max

About the Speakers

Shanny Rann is a dance anthropologist and PhD Candidate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University (Canada). Her current research focuses on Taijiquan in diaspora from the women’s perspective. She has been training under Master Li Rong of Sanxing Taiji in Vancouver, Canada since 2016. She is also the editor of Dance Central, the founder of Choreo Dance Film Festival and the curator of Cross-Cultural Dance Resources.

Sumedha Bhattacharyya is an interdisciplinary dance artist, choreographer, researcher, and dance filmmaker. She is pursuing her PhD in Ethnomusicology in University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Austria), studying maternal memories and their relationship with sound and movement, in the context of mass migration and displacement. Currently a faculty member at Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, and guest faculty at Ashoka University, Barnard College for Women, Columbia University, she is teaching Screendance and Interdisciplinary seminar courses. She is also the founder of a dance film production, curation, research and educational collective initiative – Duet with Camera.

As an Erasmus Mundus Scholar, with a focus on screendance filmmaking, dance anthropology, and visual ethnography, she traveled, lived together, and collaborated with a range of forms, communities, and dance-theatre makers across local, national, and international locations. She is an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) awardee under Goldsmiths University (UK), for her project Water Nodes integrating motion capture technology with performance and intergenerational maternal memories.

Al Garcia is a Taiwan-based Filipino dance artist, choreographer, and educator. He received his MFA in Dance (Choreography) from Nanhua University, Taiwan and was awarded the 2024 Outstanding Alumni for Arts and Culture. He was previously a dance artist of Tjimur Dance Theatre (Taiwan). Al is a graduate of the Philippine High School for the Arts specializing in Philippine Folk Dance and received his diploma in dance from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. As an independent dance artist in Manila, he created choreographies for dance companies, theater productions, and cultural initiatives. Al also performs and does collaborative works in Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, USA and France. He won first prize at the WiFi Body Contemporary Dance Festival 2012 New Choreographers Competition (Philippines) and featured the winning piece at the Yokohama Dance Collection EX Showcase 2013 (Japan). His choreographies are distinct in integrating Philippine folk dance and contemporary dance idioms.

Al is also involved in education and community development work. He was part of the faculty and established the dance programs for Guang Ming College (Philipines) and Philippine High School for the Arts Senior High. He founded Guang Ming Dance Project in 2015 and is a member of the Contemporary Dance Network Manila.


Asia-Pacific Dance Dialogues explore current issues and viewpoints in dance around the region and the world, with invited dancers, choreographers, scholars and other dance practitioners. This monthly online series is hosted by World Dance Alliance chapters from the Asia-Pacific region, and reflects on topics in education and training, research and documentation, creation and presentation, and support and development.

Join us with your questions, share your unique perspectives, and strengthen your professional networks, as together we gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for dance in our world.

In 2024, these sessions are free and open to all; registration is required.


December 2023 Edition of Asia-Pacific Channels

Happy New Year! The December 2023 edition of Asia-Pacific Channels is here. This biannual magazine of World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific features reports from our executive committee, our organisational chapters and our partner organisation WDAAE.

If you don’t have time to read the whole thing, please do check out Stella Lau’s comprehensive summary of all the organisational chapter reports in her Vice President’s report on page 3, and flip through for the beautiful and inspiring images of dance from across the Asia-Pacific. 

Download the magazine in PDF format [2.6MB].

Cover image and above: ‘Treble Idea’, choreographed by Ethel Deidre Daniel and performed by students of the National Academy of Arts, Culture & Heritage (ASWARA), at Dancebox September 2023, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Malaysia. Photo: Benedict Yee

Back issues of Channels can be downloaded from here. The archive of Channels dating back to 1996 is available from the Ausdance website.

June 2023 Edition of Asia-Pacific Channels

The biannual magazine of World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific contains reports from our executive committee, our network chairs and our organisational chapters.

Some highlights in this edition:

  • The upcoming Ocean Dance Festival in Bangladesh, which will also host this year’s WDAAP Annual General Meeting
  • Reports from WDAAP’s first participation at the famed Khajuraho Dance Festival in 2023
  • The proposed calendar for the next 8 months from the Support & Development Network

…as well as beautiful and inspiring images of dance from across the Asia-Pacific. 

Download the magazine in PDF format [5.31MB].

Cover image of this edition and above: The WDA contingent at daybreak at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Khajuraho temples, during the Khajuraho Dance Festival 2023, India. Photo: Dance Alliance India

Back issues of Channels can be downloaded from here. The archive of Channels dating back to 1996 is available from the Ausdance website.

December 2022 Edition of Asia-Pacific Channels

The biannual magazine of World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific contains reports from our executive committee, our network chairs and our country chapters.

Some highlights in this edition:

  • A call for submissions to the next edition of JEDS, the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship, submission deadline 1 March 2023
  • The first report from our newest chapter organisation, WDAAP Beijing
  • A report from the World Alliance for Arts Education highlighting the upcoming summit in Madeira in March 2023

…as well as beautiful and inspiring images of dance from across the Asia-Pacific region.

Download the magazine in PDF format [3.3MB]:

Cover image of this edition, and above: Students of Peniel High School of Arts in ‘Rain on the Fresh Green’, a performance at the Young Dance Festival at the 2022 World Dance, Expo in Seoul, at Seong Center for the Performing Arts, 30-31 August 2022, produced by World Dance Alliance – Korea. Photo: Hanfilm.

Back issues of Channels can be downloaded from here. The archive of Channels dating back to 1996 is available from the Ausdance website.

June 2022 Edition of Asia-Pacific Channels

The biannual magazine of World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific contains reports from our executive committee, our network chairs and our country chapters, as well as reports from the recent World Dance Alliance Executive Meeting and WDA Asia-Pacific Annual General Meeting.

Some highlights in this edition:

  • A feature from the Korea chapter, including this year’s International Dance Day message by Korean dancer Kang Sue-Jin;
  • An announcement of the new website for JEDS, the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship;
  • A report from the World Alliance for Arts Education on recent activities celebrating International Arts Education Week;

…as well as beautiful and inspiring images of dance from across the Asia-Pacific region.

Cover image for this edition, and image above: Dancers from Pichet Klunchun Dance Company outdoors in Paris in December 2021, after the performance of classical Khon masked dance piece “The Combat of Rama and Todsakan,” at Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac. Photo: Korn Takang

Back issues of Channels can be downloaded from here. The archive of Channels dating back to 1996 is available from the Ausdance website.

New Website for JEDS

The Research & Documentation network of World Dance Alliance has launched new website for the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship (JEDS).

JEDS is designed to serve the needs of international dance scholars who are currently enrolled in a graduate program or within 5 years of having graduated from a graduate program in dance or a related field. Articles featured in JEDS are selected through a double-blind review process by international reviewers with strong publishing records and established expertise in diverse fields of dance.

Check out the new website at http://jedsonline.in

Calling for Guest Editors for JEDS

The Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship (JEDS) invites applications for 2022-2023 Guest Editors.  

JEDS is an open access online journal produced by World Dance Alliance. JEDS publishes new research from scholars who are enrolled or within five years of earning a graduate degree in dance or a related area. Articles featured in JEDS are selected through a double-blind review process by international reviewers with strong publishing records and established expertise in diverse fields of dance. Articles are selected based on their originality of research and the contributions each makes to the future of dance praxis (theory and practice). The journal is currently produced in English.

The JEDS Advisory Committee is seeking several applicants to serve on a team of Editors for a two year term. The team of Guest Editors will do the following:

  • Invite and collect articles for submission
  • Distribute articles for blind review
  • Assimilate reviews and communicate with authors
  • Answer questions and assist authors with re-drafting 
  • Ready final drafts for online production by copyediting, captioning images, posting articles to the WordPress online forum

The team will be chosen from the applicant pool to represent the multiplicity of participating WDA regions. The team will work together, dividing the responsibilities in ways that make sense for the team and the journal. The team will need to meet with each other and communicate easily with each other and the JEDS Advisory Committee in order to establish and be accountable to a timeline and best practices in producing JEDS.

Submission Process

Please submit:

  1. CV (with mention of publication, teaching) – not more than 500 words.
  2. A vision statement – not more than 500 words.
  3. Send your application with a cover letter containing your email, contact details.
  4. Send the email to:  JEDSsubmissions2020@gmail.com
  5. Last date for submission: 30 March 2022.

December 2021 Edition of Asia-Pacific Channels

Erl Sorilla's work "Musa", filmed at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo: Lester John Reguindin

The biannual magazine of World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific contains reports from our executive committee, our network chairs and our country chapters, as well as updates on upcoming events.

This edition features:

  • A report on WDAAP’s project to raise and distribute funds for seed grants for dance makers in India & Bangladesh;
  • More information about the upcoming SWEAT Hong Kong International Dance Workshop Festival in June, which will host the 2022 World Dance Alliance Global Summit;
  • A discussion on abuse of power within the dance community, by Paramita Saha of unmute.help, reprinted from Narthaki.com;

…as well as beautiful and inspiring images of dance from across the Asia-Pacific region.

Download the magazine in PDF format.

Cover image for this edition: Erl Sorilla’s “Musa”, filmed at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo: Lester John Reguindin.

Back issues of Channels can be downloaded from here. The archive of Channels dating back to 1996 is available from the Ausdance website.