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2023 JoDE Special Issue on Mental, Emotional, and Physical Health and Wellness of Dance Teachers and Students

Journal of Dance Education Call for Papers
Special Issue: Mental, Emotional, and Physical Health and Wellness of Dance Teachers and Students
Deadline: October 20, 2022
Guest Editor: Robin Collen, PhD (

The physical and psychological health of dance teachers and their students has been an ever-present topic of concern in dance education. Dance teachers and students often engage for many hours of strenuous physical, mental, and emotional activity during the day—such as taking or teaching technique and other movement classes, participating in cross-training activities (at a gym and elsewhere), working on curriculum planning or attending academic classes, and mentoring students, colleagues, and peers—followed by evening rehearsals. They need ways to sustain their stamina, stay healthy, and avoid injury. Also, maintaining motivation and a positive attitude can be challenging in the face of both internal and external pressures.

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Areas to consider may include, but are not limited to:

1. Issues of body image, competition, self-criticism, performance anxiety, and perfectionism among dance students
2. Developing dancers’ self-confidence and self-compassion
3. Psychological welfare of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students and teachers
4. Understanding the effects of over-training, diet, and sleep on psychological and physical health
5. Application of anatomical and physiological principles to reduce dance injuries
6. Application of principles of fitness, rest and recovery, and teaching progressions to reduce dance injuries
7. Intrinsic and extrinsic motivations and pressures to succeed
8. Prevention and treatment of injuries (physical, mental, emotional)
9. Working with pain
10. Creating a physically and psychologically safe and supportive dance environment

Only finished articles will be considered. Articles may be one of three types: Student Readings: Centering the writing for reading by a specific student population, inclusive of middle school, high school, undergraduate, graduate, and adult students (1,000-3,000 words inclusive of references and endnotes); In Practice Articles: Presenting applied research and practices relevant to the daily of lives of dance teachers, administrators, and advocates in their site of practice (1,500-3,000 words inclusive of references and endnotes); Feature Articles: Focusing on either a current research investigation, or a review of current scholarship on a current topic or of a practice (4,000-6,000 words inclusive of references and endnotes).