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Journal of Dance Education

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Welcome to the Journal of Dance Education, also known as JoDE. Our anonymously-reviewed publication presents the latest developments in dance education research and practice with the intent of assisting educators in their quest to remain current in the classroom. We present both scholarly and practical articles relevant to various populations within the dance community, including public schools K-12, private schools, private studios, higher education, and community education.

Topics within the journal include but are not limited to: training of dancers, curriculum, pedagogy, teaching methodology, best practices, standards, assessment, dance administration, collaboration, creativity, dance advocacy and social justice issues. JoDE has an international reach and has published articles by a variety of international and U.S. authors who have interesting research to share. Reading JoDE is an excellent way to stay abreast of dance education research and practice in the U.S. and abroad.

JoDE Call for Papers

Special Collection -

Pedagogies of Care and Trauma-informed Teaching

Submission Deadline: May 15th, 2024

The Journal of Dance Education invites manuscript submissions which will discuss pedagogies of care and trauma-informed teaching in dance for possible publication. Accepted articles will be published in JoDE and may become part of a specialized collection focused on Pedagogies of Care and Trauma-informed Teaching.

This is not just a call for papers; this a call to action: a centering of what we at the Journal of Dance Education (JoDE) believe to be two of the many ways in which we, a community of teachers and learners, can grow our teaching practices to support students’ needs: pedagogies of care and trauma- informed teaching. The collection will serve as a resource where teachers who are committed to centering this work may find support in firsthand accounts, quantitative data, and thoughtful, critical musings. The central questions to ponder: What does it mean to build mechanisms of care into one’s teaching? What does it mean to prioritize trauma-informed teaching to learners who need it—and how do we know if they do? As importantly, how do we move, theoretically and artistically, into these practices?

Read Full Call for Papers & Submission Instructions Here

A Collection is a curated group of articles that share a common theme. Collections live on JoDE’s website. Articles can be added to a Collection at any time, making the Collections dynamic reflection of emergent and recurring themes in dance education. To view existing JoDE collections, please click here.

JoDE Call for Student Readings

JoDE is inviting submissions for its Student Readings column. As Student Readings are directly intended for student readership, interested authors must keep in mind the specific dance student population and setting for which they are writing. Such context is important as the age range of the readership covers the gamut of middle school, high school, undergraduate, and adult students. Authors should consider the setting, i.e., a dance program in a public school, university/college, independent studio, or community program, as this too will inform the writing. We encourage those actively working in all these settings to consider submitting work.

Read the Full Call Here

Submit Student Readings Here

***Student Reading Submissions are Accepted on a Rolling Basis***

Doug Risner Prize

2023 Call for Papers Closed

The Doug Risner Prize for Emerging Dance Researchers recognizes excellence in dance research for unpublished scholars. This annual prize honors Dr. Doug Risner, Editor Emeritus of JoDE, in recognition of his outstanding leadership as Editor, passionate commitment to dance research and research education, and his generous support of NDEO. Dr. Risner has published over 200 papers, essays, journal articles, book chapters, and eight books; won the NDEO Outstanding Dance Education Researcher Award in 2014; was appointed Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Wayne State University in 2017; and was elected to the Academy of Teachers at Wayne State University in 2021. Dr. Risner received the 2021 DanceTeacher of the Year Award (Higher Education). The prize offers an honorarium that may be used for any NDEO services, including conference costs and OPDI courses. To learn more about this prize please visit the webpage found here.

Subscription Information

An online subscription (including access to back issues) of JoDE is included with Professional, PhD/EdD Candidate, Institutional, and Graduate Student  memberships. Undergraduate Students and Retirees can purchase JoDE for an additional $15.

Online Access

On June 30, 2010, NDEO purchased JoDE from J. Michael Ryan Publishers, Inc.  The new publisher and fulfillment house for the JoDE is Routledge, Taylor and Francis.

Effective with Volume 20(2) - June 2020 - The Journal of Dance Education and Dance Education in Practice went fully online. This change impacts all future issues and volumes. We look forward to providing you with the same great content in a convenient online format, while reducing our environmental impact and ensuring the financial health of the organization. NDEO will no longer mail print copies of its two journals.

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View NDEO's other online journal, Dance Education in Practice.