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Dance, Movement, and Gesture Section
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The Dance, Movement, and Gesture Section is devoted to supporting the work of scholars and educators concerned with the inter-relationship of music, dance, movement, and gesture. Formed in 2002, it has been working to bring greater attention to movement as an integral part of music-making. The Dance, Movement, and Gesture Section welcomes all SEM members with an interest in any aspect of movement research and its relationship to musical expression.




Students from Los Tucsonenses at the Tucson High Magnet School perform Mexican Folklórico dances for SEM members at the 2004 pre-conference on dance.
Photo © Alan Burdette




Dawn Corso
University of Arizona
Email: dawn.corso@gmail.com

Shayna Silverstein
Northwestern University
Email: shaynamei@gmail.com


$10 suggested (Dues are optional)

For many of the world's cultures, music and dance are complementary components of a unified artistic expression such that the study of dance is essential for a holistic understanding of music. Recognizing the myriad ways dance and music influence each other, and affirming that dance is an integral part of music making, the Dance section is dedicated to the increased understanding of dance and movement as relevant aspects of musical life. Its membership considers dance on its own terms and in relationship to music and advocates the study of dance as an important subject for ethnomusicological inquiry.

The Section's goals include:

  • raising awareness of the existing scholarship on dance and music and of the long history of dance research in the ethnomusicological literature
  • promoting the ethnomusicological study of dance and movement
  • advancing understanding of the symbiotic nature of music and dance
  • facilitating collaborations between dance and music scholars and educators
  • encouraging music scholars to incorporate the study of movement into their work
  • developing innovative ways of documenting, describing, notating, and discussing dance to make cross-disciplinary dialogue possible
  • securing space for the cultural study of dance and movement within the academy
  • working together with other SEM sections and academic organizations to promote activities that highlight dance scholarship
  • enhancing international understanding and friendship by using music and dance as vehicles for the exchange of ideas and experiences among people of different countries and diverse cultures
  • using music and dance as a means of cross-cultural communication within communities and across nations with the aim of promoting tolerance and mutual understanding

Section Prizes

Clara Henderson Award

Kealiinohomoku Award

New electronic list information coming soon!


Section reports can be found in the members' area of this website.



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