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I contribute chapter 26. In this chapter I discuss dance within interdisciplinary research.

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Citation: Akinleye A. (2023) Keeping movement at the center as we dance into interdisciplinary research. In Dance Research Methodologies: ethics, orientations and practices Candelario, R., Henley M.(eds) Routledge. pp 389-400

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About the book

Dance Research Methodologies: Ethics, Orientations, and Practices captures the breadth of methodological approaches to research in dance in the fine arts, the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences by bringing together researchers from around the world writing about a variety of dance forms and practices.

This book makes explicit the implicit skills and experiences at work in the research processes by detailing the ethics, orientations, and practices fundamental to being a researcher across the disciplines of dance. Collating together approaches from key subdisciplines, this book brings together perspectives on dance practice, dance studies, dance education, dance science, as well as dance research in cross-, multi-, and interdisciplinary fields. Practice-based chapters cover methodological approaches that provide rich examples of how research design and implementation are navigated by practicing scholars. Dance Research Methodologies also includes a practical workbook that helps readers to decide upon, refine, and enact their research, as well as develop ways in which to communicate their process and outcomes.

This vital textbook is a valuable resource for research faculty interested in interdisciplinary conversation and practice, emerging scholars honing their methodological approaches, graduate students engaged in research-based coursework and projects, and advanced undergraduates.

Rosemary Candelario, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Dance at Texas Woman’s University.

Matthew Henley, PhD, is an Arnhold Associate Professor of Dance Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Part 1: Introduction

1. Dance Research in/as Communities of Practice

Rosemary Candelario and Matthew Henley

2. Research Ethics, Orientations, and Practices

Rosemary Candelario and Matthew Henley

Part 2: Dance Practice

3. Introduction to Research in Dance Practice: Practice-as-Research

Vida Midgelow

4. Choreographies of Presence: Improvisation as Feminist Practice

Jo Pollitt

5. Community Dance and Collection Creation: Art, Health, and Social Development Across the Hemisphere

Aurelia Chillemi and Victoria Fortuna

6. FutureBlackSpace: Weaving Art, Healing, and Activism

John-Paul Zaccarini

7. Practice (or) Research: A Conversation with Eiko Otake

Rosemary Candelario and Eiko Otake

Part 3: Dance Studies

8. Introduction to Research in Dance Studies: Dance as a Humanity

Thomas DeFrantz

9. Choreographic Analysis as Dance Studies Methodology: Cases, Expansions, and Critiques

Harmony Bench, Rosemary Candelario, J. Lorenzo Perillo, and Cristina Fernandes Rosa

10. Global South Archives: Listening and Acknowledging Authorship

Ana Paula Höfling

11. Cyphering with Oral History

MiRi Park

12. To the Motion Itself: Towards a Phenomenological Methodology of Dance Research

Nigel Stewart

Part 4: Dance Education

13. Introduction to Research in Dance Education: New Pathways to Discovery

Lynnette Young Overby

14. Towards a Decolonial Dance Research Paradigm: Ubuntu as Qualitative Hermeneutic Phenomenology

Alfdaniels Mabingo

15. Ethnography for Research in Dance Education: Global, Decolonial, and Somatic Aspirations

Ojeya Cruz Banks

16. Conducting an Experiment: How Quantifying Answers to a Question can Promote the Value of Dance Education.

Lynnette Young Overby and Matthew Henley

17. Classroom as Laboratory: Teacher Self-Study and Dance Education

Ilana Morgan

18. Mixing Methods and Approaches in Dance Education Research

Matthew Henley

Part 5: Dance Science

19. Introduction to Research in Dance Science: The Science of Movement and Choreography of Research – Evolving Methodologies in Dance Science

Margaret Wilson

20. Mentoring Dance Science Research: Circling the Square– Edel Quin in Conversation with Margaret Wilson

Edel Quin and Margaret Wilson

21. Thinking Statistically for Dance Research

Gregory Youdan Jr.

22. A Dance/Movement Therapy Approach to Interview Analysis

Tomoyo Kawano

23. Carving an Innovative Space for Dialogic Intersections: Dance, Disability, and Design

Merry Lynn Morris

Part 6: Dance Research Beyond Disciplines

24. Introduction to Dance Research Beyond Disciplines: Extending Dance-based Ways of Knowing

Rosemary Candelario and Matthew Henley

25. Strange Bedfellows: Dance Studies, Academic Disciplines, and Truth in Crisis

Janet O’Shea

26. Keeping Movement at the Center as we Dance into Interdisciplinary Research

Adesola Akinleye

Part 7

27. A Creative Workbook for Rehearsing Ethics, Orientations, and Practices

Rosemary Candelario and Matthew Henley


“Both inspiring and instructive, Dance Research Methods captures the diversity of today’s dance scholarship and offers an array of methodological possibilities that will surely lead to research trajectories yet to be discovered. Reminding us that dance theory and dancemaking practices are always intersecting and shaping the myriad ways that we create and present new knowledge, experienced and aspiring researchers using this text will enter into an ever-widening conversation about praxis inquiry, artful research practices, the importance of ethical decision-making, and the joys of pursuing research as a creative and artistic enterprise.” Penelope Hanstein, MFA, PhD, Cornaro Professor of Dance Emerita, Texas Woman’s University, USA

“While some of the meticulous and rigorously curated essays contain pre-requisite standard approaches that are nourishing, there are many where scholarship itself is critiqued and stretched to include an invaluable selection of voices, grammars, registers, provocations, and contexts, making this a standout book for scholars in the pursuit of inclusive (as yet elusive) dance research methodologies. Imbuing this impressive assembly of work with a sustained call for pervasive ethics is a compelling masterstroke for our times.” Jay Pather, Director, Institute for Creative Arts, Professor, Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Dance Research Methodologies includes comprehensive and detailed step-by-step methods, conversations, and personal reflections on ‘how to’ do dance research across myriad themes. Providing a wealth of different approaches in an accessible format, it is an invaluable resource for dance researchers, from undergraduate to post-doctoral.” Sarah Whatley, Director, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University, UK

“The book functions like a set of hyperlinks that organize leaping off points to follow up in references and ideas across the diverse field of dance research. This wide-ranging collection highlights differences between ‘research’ versus ‘creating work’ or ‘rehearsing,’ and introduces archival research for where no archive exists, prompts for writing as dancing, ethics as research method, and other gems.” Jonathan W. Marshall, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, Australia