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International Dance Day

dance-430554_1920International Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council (CID, Conseil International de la Danse), a UNESCO partner NGO, and is celebrated yearly, on April 29. The main purpose is to celebrate dance, revel in the universality of this art form, cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers, and bring people together with a common language – dance. For more information and list of events please visit the official webpage


To celebrate the occasion we would like to highlight our Dance and Performance Studies Series, which explores dance, music and bodily movement in cultural contexts at the juncture of history, ritual and performance in an interconnected world. We are pleased to offer a 25% discount on our Performance Studies titles, valid for the next two weeks, through  May 13th, 2019 . Enter code IDD19 at checkout. Berghahn Journals is also offering full access to select journal articles until May 5th, 2019.


Dance and Performance Studies Series

General Editors:
Jonathan Skinner, University of Roehampton
Helena Wulff, Stockholm University


24 Bars to Kill: Hip Hop, Aspiration, and Japan's Social MarginsVolume 14 Forthcoming in June

Hip Hop, Aspiration, and Japan’s Social Margins
Andrew B. Armstrong


Contrary to persistent depictions of an ethnically and economically homogeneous Japan, “ghetto” or “gangsta” J-hop music gives voice to the suffering, deprivation, and social exclusion experienced by many modern Japanese. 24 Bars to Kill gives a fascinating ethnographic account of this music as well as the subculture around it.


Lullabies and Battle Cries: Music, Identity and Emotion among Republican Parading Bands in Northern IrelandVolume 13

Music, Identity and Emotion among Republican Parading Bands in Northern Ireland
Jaime Rollins


Lullabies and Battle Cries explores the relationship between music, emotion, memory, and identity in republican parading bands, with a focus on how this music continues to be utilized in a post-conflict climate.

Read Introduction: Entering the Field


Singing Ideas: Performance, Politics and Oral PoetryVolume 12

Performance, Politics and Oral Poetry
Tríona Ní Shíocháin


This provocative and richly theorized study explores the re-creative, liminal aspect of song, treating it as a performative social process that cuts to the very root of identity and thought formation, thus re-imagining the history of ideas in society.


Staging Citizenship: Roma, Performance and Belonging in EU RomaniaVolume 11

Roma, Performance and Belonging in EU Romania
Ioana Szeman


Based on over a decade of fieldwork conducted with urban Roma, Staging Citizenship offers a powerful new perspective on one of the European Union’s most marginal and disenfranchised communities.

Read Introduction


Volume 10
Anthropologies of Sound and Movement
Edited by Evangelos Chrysagis and Panas Karampampas


This theoretically rich collection takes an ethnographic approach to understanding the collective dimension of sound and movement in everyday life, drawing on genres and practices in contexts as diverse as Japanese shakuhachi playing, Peruvian huayno, and the Greek goth scene.

Read Introduction


Volume 9
The Curving Pathway of Neoclassical Odissi Dance
Nandini Sikand


Odissi dance has transformed over the centuries from an Indian temple ritual to a transnational genre performed—and consumed—throughout the world. Building on ethnographic research in multiple locations, this book reveals the complexity of odissi as it is practiced today, at the intersection of identity, nationalism, tradition, and neoliberal economics.

Read Introduction


Volume 8
Signs of Performance in Yosemite National Park
Sally Ann Ness


This original and cross-disciplinary book offers an ethnographic and performative study of Yosemite visitors in order to understand human connection with and within natural landscapes.

Read Introduction


Volume 7
How Outsiders Become Part of the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Tradition
Lauren Miller Griffith


“…an important study of the confluence of travel and pilgrimage, race/class/gender issues, embodiment and physical (and emotional) expertise, and the defense of tradition and of ‘lineage’-specific knowledge and identity in the context of globalization and an openness to (tradition-defined) innovation.” · Anthropology Review Database

Read Introduction

For a full selection of volumes in the series please visit series webpage.

Also of Interest: 


Curating Live Arts: Critical Perspectives, Essays, and Conversations on Theory and PracticeCURATING LIVE ARTS
Critical Perspectives, Essays, and Conversations on Theory and Practice
Edited by Dena Davida, Marc Pronovost, Véronique Hudon, and Jane Gabriels


Curating Live Arts brings together bold and innovative essays from an international group of theorist-practitioners to pose vital questions, propose future visions, and survey the landscape of this rapidly evolving discipline.

Read A Collective Introduction



The Pragmatic Anthropology of Afro-Brazilian Capoeira
Sergio González Varela


Considering the concept of power in capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian ritual art form, Varela describes ethnographically the importance that capoeira leaders (mestres) have in the social configuration of a style called Angola in Bahia, Brazil.

Read Introduction



Select Journal Articles

In recognition of International Dance Day, Berghahn Journals is offering full access to the following journal articles until May 5th, 2019:


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The cohesive and revitalizing nature of Maya dance, art, and oral history
Allison D. Krogstad
Regions and Cohesion (Vol. 4, Issue 1)





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The Ritual Experience of Continuity: Flow and Participation in Punu Twin Dancing
Carine Plancke
Social Analysis (Vol. 56, Issue 3)





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Dancing on the Threshold: A Cultural Concept for Conditions of Being Far from Salvation
Gregor Rohmann
Contributions to the History of Concepts (Vol. 10, Issue 2)







Beyond Frames: The Creation of a Dance Company in Health Care through the Journey of Brain Trauma
Jenny Elliot
Journeys (Vol. 11, Issue 1)







Osuokhai, The Yakut Circle Dance
Angelina Lukina
Sibirica (Vol. 17, Issue 3)






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