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Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices

Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices (ISSN 1757-1871) is an international refereed journal published twice a year. 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.


We have recently appointed four new members to our Board.

We welcome Diane Butler (Independent Assoc. Professor and practice-based researcher, USA and Bali, Indonesia), Ilya Vidrin (Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts), Tamara Ashley (University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom), Kristina Johnstone (University of Pretoria, South Africa) and Jill Brown (Independent publisher and writer, Australia). Zjana Muraro (Independent artist, London, United Kingdom and New York, United States) and Miranda Laurence (Ph.D. candidate, C-DaRE, United Kingdom and Aarhus, Denmark), will be joining the editorial assistant team.

Conference Special Issue! We are currently in the throes of reviewing submissions for this issue and hope to publish in the summer!

Open Call Submissions. We are open for submissions to our open call however the next open call issue will be published in 2025 as our special issue will be a double one! Please submit here.

Aims and scope

In recent years, somatic practices have become central to many artists’ work and have become 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.

Call for Reviewers

We are looking for reviewers with knowledge and expertise in the broad field of dance and somatic practices. If you have an interest in becoming a reviewer for our journal or would like any more information please contact us at

JDSP is committed to equity and inclusion and welcomes reviewers regardless of personal characteristics or background. We recognize the evolving composition of the community that the Journal serves and seek to diversify our reviewer pool in order to more accurately represent and support this community. We particularly welcome reviewers from historically underrepresented groups including (but not limited to) the Global Majority/BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and religious minorities.

Notes for contributors

Before making your submission please read through the full Notes for Contributors. 

All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications. Journal contributors will receive free PDF copies of all final articles within the journal issue on publication. Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by contributors at half price.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE OF THE REQUIREMENT FOR SUBMISSIONS TO BE ‘ANONYMIZED’. It is the authors responsibility to make sure that their work if full anonymous before submission. If you need any support in making work anonymous please do not hesitate to contact us.


As part of JDSP and Intellect’s commitment to innovation and accessibility, we ask our authors to provide descriptive text alternatives for all images, graphs and figures in your work. Authors must download and complete an Alternative Text Form to accompany any figures submitted with your article.

Formats and design

Contributors need to work within the existing Journal template in terms of design and layout. 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 an 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. (View information on all accepted submission formats)


JDSP welcomes reviews of books, events and other resources. Enquiries regarding reviews should be sent to the Reviews Editors prior to submission, Lily Hayward-Smith and Marie-Louise Crawley.

There are many other useful guides that you may find helpful before submitting.

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Editorial Team


Marie-Louise Crawley, Natalie Garrett Brown, Lily Hayward-Smith and Eugenia Kim

Review Editors

Marie-Louise Crawley and Lily Hayward-Smith

Editorial Assistants

Micia De Wet

Louisa Petts

Editorial and Advisory Board

Jane M. Bacon (University of Chichester)

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

Henrietta Bannerman (London Contemporary Dance School)

Carol Brown (University of Auckland)

Vincent Cacalano (Independent Artist)

Teri Carter (Independent Artist, USA)

Kisook Cho (Ewha Woman's University)

Trude Cone (Amsterdam University of the Arts)

Rea Dennis (Deakin University)

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)

Emma Meehan (Coventry University)

Joe Moran (Independent Artist)

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

Ludmila Pimentel (University Federal of Bahia, Brazil)

Diego Pizarro (Federal Institute of Brazil)

Lionel Popkin (University of California, Los Angeles)

Susanne Ravn (University of Southern Denmark)

Sarah Reed (Coventry University)

Leena Rouhiainen (Theatre Academy, Finland)

Sarah Rubidge (University of Chichester)

Malaika Sarco-Thomas (University of Chester)

Amy Voris (University of Central Lancashire)

Sarah Whatley (Coventry University)

Amanda Williamson (Director of The Centre For Embodiment & Somatic Movement, Education & Therapy, UK)

Karen Wood (Coventry University)

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