1st Edition

Dance Research Methodologies Ethics, Orientations, and Practices

Edited By Rosemary Candelario, Matthew Henley Copyright 2023
    452 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    452 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Dance Research Methodologies: Ethics, Orientations, and Practices captures the breadth of methodological approaches to research in dance in the fine arts, the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences by bringing together researchers from around the world writing about a variety of dance forms and practices.

    This book makes explicit the implicit skills and experiences at work in the research processes by detailing the ethics, orientations, and practices fundamental to being a researcher across the disciplines of dance. Collating together approaches from key subdisciplines, this book brings together perspectives on dance practice, dance studies, dance education, dance science, as well as dance research in cross-, multi-, and interdisciplinary fields. Practice-based chapters cover methodological approaches that provide rich examples of how research design and implementation are navigated by practicing scholars. Dance Research Methodologies also includes a practical workbook that helps readers to decide upon, refine, and enact their research, as well as develop ways in which to communicate their process and outcomes.

    This vital textbook is a valuable resource for research faculty interested in interdisciplinary conversation and practice, emerging scholars honing their methodological approaches, graduate students engaged in research-based coursework and projects, and advanced undergraduates.

    Part 1: Introduction

    1. Dance Research in/as Communities of Practice

    Rosemary Candelario and Matthew Henley

    2. Research Ethics, Orientations, and Practices

    Rosemary Candelario and Matthew Henley

    Part 2: Dance Practice

    3. Introduction to Research in Dance Practice: Practice-as-Research

    Vida Midgelow

    4. Choreographies of Presence: Improvisation as Feminist Practice

    Jo Pollitt

    5. Community Dance and Collection Creation: Art, Health, and Social Development Across the Hemisphere

    Aurelia Chillemi and Victoria Fortuna

    6. FutureBlackSpace: Weaving Art, Healing, and Activism

    John-Paul Zaccarini

    7. Practice (or) Research: A Conversation with Eiko Otake

    Rosemary Candelario and Eiko Otake

    Part 3: Dance Studies

    8. Introduction to Research in Dance Studies: Dance as a Humanity

    Thomas DeFrantz

    9. Choreographic Analysis as Dance Studies Methodology: Cases, Expansions, and Critiques

    Harmony Bench, Rosemary Candelario, J. Lorenzo Perillo, and Cristina Fernandes Rosa

    10. Global South Archives: Listening and Acknowledging Authorship

    Ana Paula Höfling

    11. Cyphering with Oral History

    MiRi Park

    12. To the Motion Itself: Towards a Phenomenological Methodology of Dance Research

    Nigel Stewart

    Part 4: Dance Education

    13. Introduction to Research in Dance Education: New Pathways to Discovery

    Lynnette Young Overby

    14. Towards a Decolonial Dance Research Paradigm: Ubuntu as Qualitative Hermeneutic Phenomenology

    Alfdaniels Mabingo

    15. Ethnography for Research in Dance Education: Global, Decolonial, and Somatic Aspirations

    Ojeya Cruz Banks

    16. Conducting an Experiment: How Quantifying Answers to a Question can Promote the Value of Dance Education.

    Lynnette Young Overby and Matthew Henley

    17. Classroom as Laboratory: Teacher Self-Study and Dance Education

    Ilana Morgan

    18. Mixing Methods and Approaches in Dance Education Research

    Matthew Henley

    Part 5: Dance Science

    19. Introduction to Research in Dance Science: The Science of Movement and Choreography of Research – Evolving Methodologies in Dance Science

    Margaret Wilson

    20. Mentoring Dance Science Research: Circling the Square– Edel Quin in Conversation with Margaret Wilson

    Edel Quin and Margaret Wilson

    21. Thinking Statistically for Dance Research

    Gregory Youdan Jr.

    22. A Dance/Movement Therapy Approach to Interview Analysis

    Tomoyo Kawano

    23. Carving an Innovative Space for Dialogic Intersections: Dance, Disability, and Design

    Merry Lynn Morris

    Part 6: Dance Research Beyond Disciplines

    24. Introduction to Dance Research Beyond Disciplines: Extending Dance-based Ways of Knowing

    Rosemary Candelario and Matthew Henley

    25. Strange Bedfellows: Dance Studies, Academic Disciplines, and Truth in Crisis

    Janet O’Shea

    26. Keeping Movement at the Center as we Dance into Interdisciplinary Research

    Adesola Akinleye

    Part 7

    27. A Creative Workbook for Rehearsing Ethics, Orientations, and Practices

    Rosemary Candelario and Matthew Henley


    Rosemary Candelario, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Dance at Texas Woman’s University.

    Matthew Henley, PhD, is an Arnhold Associate Professor of Dance Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

    "Candelario and Henley offer an array of reading possibilities that could be used across courses to introduce and explore research in its multitude of approaches seen in dance, simultaneously challenging thinking about research and practice... This text will surely become a vital addition to academics and students of dance." Monica J. Cameron Frichtel, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Delaware, USA

    "Both inspiring and instructive, Dance Research Methods captures the diversity of today’s dance scholarship and offers an array of methodological possibilities that will surely lead to research trajectories yet to be discovered. Reminding us that dance theory and dancemaking practices are always intersecting and shaping the myriad ways that we create and present new knowledge, experienced and aspiring researchers using this text will enter into an ever-widening conversation about praxis inquiry, artful research practices, the importance of ethical decision-making, and the joys of pursuing research as a creative and artistic enterprise." Penelope Hanstein, MFA, PhD, Cornaro Professor of Dance Emerita, Texas Woman’s University, USA

    "While some of the meticulous and rigorously curated essays contain pre-requisite standard approaches that are nourishing, there are many where scholarship itself is critiqued and stretched to include an invaluable selection of voices, grammars, registers, provocations, and contexts, making this a standout book for scholars in the pursuit of inclusive (as yet elusive) dance research methodologies. Imbuing this impressive assembly of work with a sustained call for pervasive ethics is a compelling masterstroke for our times." Jay Pather, Director, Institute for Creative Arts, Professor, Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa

    "Dance Research Methodologies includes comprehensive and detailed step-by-step methods, conversations, and personal reflections on ‘how to’ do dance research across myriad themes. Providing a wealth of different approaches in an accessible format, it is an invaluable resource for dance researchers, from undergraduate to post-doctoral." Sarah Whatley, Director, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University, UK

    "The book functions like a set of hyperlinks that organize leaping off points to follow up in references and ideas across the diverse field of dance research. This wide-ranging collection highlights differences between 'research' versus 'creating work' or 'rehearsing,' and introduces archival research for where no archive exists, prompts for writing as dancing, ethics as research method, and other gems." Jonathan W. Marshall, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, Australia