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Contemporary Ballet: Exchanges, Connections and Directions….

May 15, 2016

Photo by RJ Muna

From Network of Pointes to further discourses on contemporary ballet May 20-21, 2016 An SDHS Special Topics Conference at the Center for Ballet and the Arts, New York University, and at Barnard College, Columbia University.

Contemporary ballet is undoubtedly a recognizable genre for most dancers. It is identifiable. It appears to be flourishing. It has a bit of an “it” factor. It piques students’ interest. But what is contemporary ballet?

The conference seeks to cultivate a discourse of “contemporary” ballet in relation to traditional ballet vocabularies, narratives, and iconography. The 2015 issue of Conversations across the Field of Dance Studies: Network of Pointes began to articulate features of this genre, and this conference offers those interested in contemporary ballet’s historiography a forum for discussion

Event Locations

The Center for Ballet and the Arts (CBA) and Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City will serve as conference locations.

Event Sponsors:

This event is co-hosted by the CBA and Barnard College, Columbia College. It is sponsored by the Faculty of Education at the Royal Academy of Dance, the Dance Department at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), the Dance Department at Skidmore College and SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology.


Society of Dance History Scholars advances the field of dance studies through research, publication, performance, and outreach to audiences across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. As a constituent member of the American Council of Learned Societies, SDHS holds wide-ranging annual conferences; publishes new scholarship through its proceedings and book series; collaborates regularly with peer organizations in the U.S. and abroad; and presents yearly awards for exemplary scholarship, including the de la Torre Bueno Prize®.

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