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Ruth Lovell Murray Book Award

The National Dance Education Organization is pleased to invite nominations for the NDEO Ruth Lovell Murray Book Award, honoring outstanding book-length publications in dance education and recognizing authors who conduct exemplary inquiry that advances the field. In recognition of Ruth Lovell Murray (1900-1991), a pioneer in the field of dance education, the annual award honors books published in the English language during the last two calendar years. The Ruth Lovell Murray Book Award, NDEO’s inaugural book recognition honor, contributes significantly to the visibility of dance education professionals and their work, as well as the vitality of outstanding scholarship and publication excellence in dance education.

2022 Call for Nominations

Deadline to submit: 4/1/2022

After reading the eligibility requiements please click here to fill out the nomination form. 


Congratulations to the 2021 Winners!


In the spirit of Miss Murray’s achievements and legacy in dance education, eligible books for nomination should comprise research-informed texts that encompass a range of theoretical and practical application of knowledge in dance education, teaching, pedagogy, curriculum, and artistic praxis. Examples of eligible dance education texts comprise inquiry-based monographs, innovative teaching texts, original edited collections, and multiple-contributor volumes that address facets of dance education. For the inaugural award, nominated books must exhibit a copyright date of 2020 or later.


Self-nominations from author(s), editor(s), and publisher are welcome, as well as nominations by NDEO members in good standing.


Books will be evaluated based on originality, critical rigor, innovation and potential contribution to the field of dance education including texts that engage, challenge, and motivate dance educators across sectors and populations. Click here to see the evaluation process.

Submission Information

To nominate a book, send an email letter with the book author’s name and address, email address, telephone number, the title of book, and publisher’s name to:

Dr. M. Gabriela Estrada, Advisory Board, Director of Research
Review Committee Chair

Please briefly describe why you are nominating the book. Include relevant information to support the nomination, including your relationship to the candidate. In the subject line, enter “Ruth Lovell Murray Book Award Nomination.”

Nominated authors will be responsible for providing a copy of the book (e-books permitted) for each review committee member. Nominated authors are strongly encouraged to contact their publisher for assistance in securing and providing book access for all reviewers. NOTE:  Do not send books to the NDEO national office.