Canadian dance studies society adopts new name

By Samantha Mehra

The Canadian Society for Dance Studies/La Société canadienne d’études en danse (CSDS/SCDD) recently changed its name in order to be more inclusive of Canada’s dance community. This change intends to reflect founder Amy Bowring’s mission to “encompass a broad range of research areas including history, anthropology, movement analysis, ethnology, creative process studies, dance education, notation, dance writing and criticism.” Formerly the Society for Canadian Dance Studies, under the new directorship of Kate Cornell and a transitional board, the society is in the process of incorporating federally under its new moniker. In addition to the name change, CSDS created a new set of by-laws and selected a new board of directors. CSDS will host the first conference under its new name in Montréal in 2012. The conference, titled “Collaboration: Intersections, Negotiations, Mediations in the Worlds of Dance”, will be held in collaboration with the Festival Transamériques and the dance department at the Université du Québec à Montréal; the conference runs from May 31st to June 3rd, 2012.

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