Research in Dance Education: Innovations in Arts Practice Call for Papers

Special Issue: Dance and Work

Research in Dance Education

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Angela Pickard
​Associate Editor: Dr. Doug Risner

Research in Dance Education - Innovations in Arts Practice aims to inform, stimulate and promote the development of research in dance education and is relevant to both learners and teachers. The desire to improve the quality and provision of dance education through lively and critical debate, and the dissemination of research findings is uppermost. The journal sets out to include contributors from a wide and diverse community of researchers. This extends to all aspects of dance in education, providing opportunities for both experienced and less experienced researchers.

Dance and Work

There is an increasing diversity in careers and in workforce development in dance. Dancers are often teachers and may develop portfolio careers. Work tends to be mobile, transnational and transient. Boundaries blur between what is work and what is life. This special call for papers is concerned with the current landscape of dance and work and can relate to pedagogy, sociology, theatre/performance studies, body studies and/or dance science. It asks:

  • Is there really a calling to dance?
  • How do we and others view and treat our bodies in dance socially and politically?
  • What are current working conditions and expectations for those working in dance?
  • What is the place of dance in the school curriculum and how might this affect dance development in the future?
  • How do we ensure longevity in the dance profession as a dancer/ practitioners/teacher/choreographer?

For this special issue, we invite papers addressing issues that might include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Celebration of dance and work;
  • Consideration of the future of dance education related to curriculum, vocational, health, artistic and/or performance agendas across different ages, stages, contexts/institutions
  • Examination of notions of sustainability philosophically, socially, and pedagogically
  • Exploration of opportunities for workforce development for dance enablers in the future
  • Engagement with socio-political, strategic and ecological futures
  • Discussion of collaborative, interdisciplinary working practices, knowledge exchange and impact
  • Analyse future technologies, synergies and opportunities for dance education

Theoretical, empirical and practice based articles using mixed modes of enquiry will be considered.

Submission Instructions

Deadline for paper submission is 1st May 2018

We seek contributions of ideally 5,000 to 8,000 words addressing any of these issues and focusing on dance and work in dance and dance education settings. Papers by previously unpublished authors will be eligible for consideration for the Linda Rolfe New Writers Prize. The New Writer’s Prize is an open competition and the winning article will be printed in the journal and receive a prize bundle. Two/three articles will be shortlisted but only one prize will be awarded. Unsuccessful New Writer’s articles can be resubmitted and considered under the normal review process for the main journal. Please indicate if you wish to enter when you submit your paper by selecting “New Writers Prize” as the manuscript type.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at the Research in Dance Education Manuscript Central site at

Anna Pickard   
School of Music and Performing Arts
Canterbury Christ Church University                  
North Holmes Road                                                                                       
Kent CT1 1QU, United Kingdom                                                               

Doug Risner
​Wayne State University
Department of Theatre & Dance
​3225 Old Main
Detroit, MI 48202 USA

For further information on the journal and Instructions for Authors, please visit the journal’s dedicated website