Working Groups

CORD promotes a globally inclusive respectful dialogue around embodied and discursive approaches to dance research.  Building on the rich legacy of dance scholarship, CORD advances innovative and creative understandings of dance.  Through mentorship, advocacy, and outreach, CORD fosters an international community of current and future dance leaders.  As part of our work, CORD is in the process of establishing formal working groups.  More information about working groups can be found below.  If you are interested in establishing a working group, please contact us.

Current Working Group(s)

CORD Diversity Working Group 

Co-chaired by Nyama McCarthy-Brown, Ph.D. (Bowdoin College) and Takiyah Nur Amin, Ph.D. (UNC Charlotte) this working group was created as a space to share resources pursuant to issues of multiculturalism, inclusion and diversity in dance curricula in higher education and to support networking opportunities for CORD members who have an interest in these areas.

For decades, "multiculturalism" has been a stated goal of dance departments in higher education institutions across the nation and abroad.  Many colleges and universities express a commitment to diversity, yet curriculum focus and student outcomes have often demonstrated a clear Euro-centrism.  The desire to "embrace multiculturalism" is often not enough in itself to impact an infrastructure derived from Western-focused standards. 

This working group continues the dialogue and sharing  that began in November of 2011 at a working session hosted by Brown and Amin entitled Leaping Into the 21st Century: Re-visioning Cultural Diversity Through Music & Dance Curricula at the Congress on Research in Dance Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA. The session was centered on issues of multiculturalism in dance curriculums and how to best address the needs of 21st century students, all of whom are living in intensely globalized worlds.   We were clear that no longer does it suffice to include a lecture on “Black Performance” or offer an “Asian-influenced” creative work as a part of our dance courses.  Rather, dance programs are expected to integrate cultural relevancy throughout our curriculum choices, pedagogy practices, and course selections.

Through this working group we intend to explore methods of weaving multiculturalism directly and intentionally into dance curriculum design. Participants are encouraged to consider developing and implementing more inclusive practices at all levels of our programs, including: the audition/admissions process, curriculum design (both departmental and course specific), pedagogy, and productions.  Collaboration, dialogue, and integration will be our guiding values in this working group.

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