CORD has turned 50!  From it modest beginnings as a committee in 1966, the organization has grown to it current size of hundreds of members across the globe, publishing one of the fields most important journals (Dance Research Journal), and hosting dozens of conferences that have served as a gathering place for dance scholars to share their work and build a community. As you know, CORD is in a phase of transformation.  We want to look back and celebrate the organization’s accomplishments—50 years of activity is a big achievement—while we  also look forward to CORD’s new role in supporting the growth of Dance Studies internationally.

CORD@50 celebrations will include a number of distinct activities over the course of the next year.  Please take a look at what has been planned and join us in the celebrations.  

Mapping Dance Globally: Dance Studies on the Move

Celebrate CORD’s 50th anniversary and publicize your dance event

Mapping Dance Globally: Dance Studies on the Move is a 50th anniversary project to create a digital global dance map showing CORD’s reach into the dance community since 1966.  It will show the geographic diversity of CORD’s members, Dance Research Journal subscribers, board members, conference locations AND …CORD@50 Celebration events

CORD@50 Commemorative Conference Program

In recognition of CORD’s 50th anniversary, the 2016 annual conference will include a special “Commemorative Program” published as a supplement to the regular conference program.  There will be both a print version and a digital version that will be posted on the CORD website when the conference opens.

This is an opportunity for individual and institutional members to join in the celebrations and be part of the collective CONGRATULATIONS TO CORD@50.



As part of CORD’s 50th anniversary activities, you are encouraged to open up your personal files and donate CORD materials to the CORD archives at University of Maryland.   Materials can be sent directly to UMD, or you can bring them to the Pomona conference in November 2016 and deliver them in person.  Additionally, Ray Miller, a Past-President of CORD, is undertaking a CORD history project and your personal archives will assist Ray in this important work. 

Here is information from UMD Curator Vincent Novara about the types of archival materials you can submit:

Please encourage your members to use the form found at: Any member can submit materials – not just officers.

Reception and Legacy Panel 

CORD will host a 50th Anniversary Reception to officially open the conference at Pomona College on November 3, 2016.   In addition,  the conference will include a round table session made up of past CORD leaders who have been invited to share their recollections about CORD’s growth and development.

  • CORD@50 Conference Fund
  • is seeking donations to support attendance at conferences by graduate students and scholars without institutional support.  Donate to the CORD@50 campaign

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