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Visions and Voices: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Research Centers/Academic Societies

A guide to research on dance to accompany the Visions and Voices program featuring Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

Research Centers/Academic Societies

Listed below are organizations that conduct or promote research in the field of dance and movement. Descriptions of resources are adapted or quoted from organization websites.

  • American Dance Therapy Association -- supports the emerging profession of the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual through the certification of Dance Movement Therapists and the establishment of standards of ethical practice.
  • Canadian Society for Dance Studies -- an organization that is committed to encouraging, promoting, discussing, and publishing research and writing in Canadian dance studies, to raise the profile of Canadian dance studies within academic institutions and funding bodies, and to take an active role in the preservation of Canadian dance history.
  • Cedars-Sinai/USC Glorya Kaufman Dance Medicine Center -- a unit at the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center dedicated to dance medicine and specific therapies to help the individual dancer recover from movement-related injuries to bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, lower back, or joints. The Center also offers informational workshops and training about how to prevent injuries.
  • Congress on Research in Dance -- nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for dance professionals from a broad range of specialties to exchange ideas, resources, and methodologies through publication, international and regional conferences, and workshops. The organization encourages research in all aspects of dance and related fields by promoting accessibility of research materials and the publication of the Dance Research Journal.
  • Harkness Center for Dance Injuries -- a medical center at the Langone Medical Center of New York University committed to enhancing the health, well-being, and quality of life of dancers and dance companies by providing state-of-the-art, affordable medical care and to conducting  ongoing research and providing continuing education opportunities for the medical community in the specialized area of dance medicine.
  • International Association for Dance Medicine and Science -- an organization of dance medicine practitioners, dance educators, dance scientists, and dancers drawn from the medical and dance professions representing thirty-five countries devoted to the health, well-being, training, and performance of dancers by cultivating educational, medical, and scientific excellence. Includes a comprehensive information directory of Educational Opportunities in Dance Medicine and Science in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies -- a non-profit network of organizations and professionals around the world focused on developing new approaches and innovative research applied to the theoretical, methodological, historical, and practical aspects of Rudolf Laban's movement analysis, and its applications in fields as diverse as health care, the performing arts, sports, education, diplomacy, leadership studies, and communications.
  • Society of Dance History Scholars -- an organization that advances the interdisciplinary study of dance ranging from new methods of historical inquiry to multiple theoretical perspectives supported through publications, performances, outreach to audiences, and annual conferences that feature paper presentations, panel discussions, movement workshops, and performances on a broad range of topics. The Society is a constituent member of the American Council of Learned Societies and collaborates regularly with peer organizations in the United States and abroad.