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Doug Risner Prize

The Doug Risner Prize for Emerging Dance Researchers recognizes excellence in dance research for unpublished scholars. The prize honors Dr. Doug Risner, Editor Emeritus of Journal of Dance Education, and his passionate commitment to dance education research. Risner has published over one hundred papers, journal articles, books, and book chapters and won the 2015 Dance Education Research Award from NDEO. The prize offers an honorarium that may be used for any NDEO services, including conference costs and OPDI courses.

Emily Baird | 2021 Recipient
for their paper
"A Qualitative Investigation of What “Body Awareness” Means to Dancers at a Public Midwestern University” 

Jasmin ‘Ofamo’oni | 2020 Recipient
for their paper
"It Takes a Family to Graduate a Dancer"

Amy M. Wilkinson | 2019 Recipient
for their paper
“Humanizing Creativity and the Development of Collegiate Dancers’ Political Identities”

Dr. Lisa Gibbs | 2018 Recipient
for their paper
“Dance Education Certification in Alabama: Issues Related to Undergraduate Degree Programming”

Hannah Andersen | 2017 Recipient
for their paper

“Will This Make Me a Better Dancer? The Effects of a Novel Somatics Training Program on the Execution of Dance Skills”



2022 Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: TBA

Click Here to read the 2021 Submission Guidelines document.

2022 information coming soon!


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