Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices

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Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices

(ISSN 1757-1871) is an international refereed journal published twice a year by Intellect. It has been in publication since 2009 for scholars and practitioners whose research interests focus on the relationship between dance and somatic practices, and the influence that this body of practice exerts on the wider performing arts.


In recent years, somatic practices have become more central to many artists’ work and have become more established within educational and training programmes. Despite this, as a body of work it has remained largely at the margins of scholarly debate, finding its presence predominantly through the embodied knowledge of practitioners and their performative contributions.

This journal provides a space to debate the work, to consider the impact and influence of the work on performance and discuss the implications for research and teaching. The journal serves a broad international community and invites contributions from a wide range of discipline areas. Particular features include writings that consciously traverse the boundaries between text and performance, taking the form of ‘visual essays’, interviews with leading practitioners, book reviews, themed issues and conference/symposium reports.


We invite contributions in varied formats. Writing that combines images and illustrations is encouraged, as is reflective writing. Standard articles will be in the range of 4000-6000 words. A more flexible approach may be possible for other formats and styles of submission but contributors need to work within the existing Journal design template (a free to view issue is available on the Intellect website as illustration). If a contributor wants to deviate from the template it must be discussed with the Editor first and prior to submission. Themes might include:

*The pedagogical philosophy of somatics and how this might be seen to challenge or negate dominant approaches to learning and creativity

*The history of somatic practices

*The current application of somatics to dance/performing arts training and education

*The aesthetic implications of working with/from a somatic understanding

*The ‘body’ as a site of discourse in western culture, the influence of eastern cultures on notions of embodiment and how somatic practices challenge/collude with these ideas.

*The future of somatic practices - challenges, critique and connections with other disciplines.


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Contributors need to work within the existing Journal template in terms of design and lay-out (see above). More playful contributions are welcomed, particularly those that include images, but if a contributor has a particular idea in mind that might deviate from the template they must contact the Editor first to discuss the possibilities and prior to submitting a contribution that is necessarily dependent on a lay-out that deviates from the template. (Click for Guidance Notes for alternative formats)


Ulrichs; RILM (Abstracts of Music Literature); International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance; TOC Premier; British Humanities Index; SCOPUS; ERIH PLUSWeb of Science: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).


General Open Call

The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices invites submissions on an ongoing basis. The deadline for articles to be included in the next open call issue 11.2 has now passed.

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All articles should be submitted online 

Please carefully read the "Notes for Contributors" before submitting



Principal Editor

Sarah Whatley (Coventry University)

Associate Editors

Natalie Garrett Brown (University of East London)

Emma Meehan (Coventry University)

Karen Wood (Coventry University)

Editorial Assistant

Erica Charalambous (Coventry University)

Lily Hayward-Smith (Coventry University) 


Book Reviews Editor

Marie-Louise Crawley (Coventry University)


Editorial and Advisory Board

Jane M. Bacon (University of Chichester)

Henrietta Bannerman (London Contemporary Dance School)

Glenna Batson (Winston-Salem State University, USA)

Carol Brown (University of Auckland)

Vincent Cacalano (Independent Artist)

Teri Carter (Independent Artist, USA)

Trude Cone (Amsterdam University of the Arts)

Katy Dymoke (Touchdown Dance/Embody-Move Association)

Sylvie Fortin (University of Quebec)

John Habron (Royal Northern College of Music)

Polly Hudson (Birmingham City University)

Thomas Kampe (Bath Spa University)

Paula Kramer (University of the Arts Helsinki)

Cecilia De Lima (INET-MD, Portugal)

Joe Moran (Independent Artist)

Rebecca Nettl-Fiol (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Ludmila Pimentel (University Federal of Bahia, Brazil)

Lionel Popkin (University of California, Los Angeles)

Susanne Ravn (University of Southern Denmark)

Leena Rouhiainen (Theatre Academy, Finland)

Sarah Rubidge (University of Chichester)

Malaika Sarco-Thomas (School of Performing Arts, University of Malta)

Amy Voris (University of Central Lancashire)

Amanda Williamson (Coventry University, UK)

E.E. Balcos (The University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

Diego Pizarro (Federal Institute of Brazil)

Eugenia S. Kim (City University of Hong Kong)

Kisook Cho (Ewha Woman's University)

Sarah Reed (Coventry University)

Rea Dennis (Deakin University)