Scholarly Paper Presentation Proposal

One of the key intents behind WDA-Americas Conference and Festival is to provide dance researchers a forum to share their scholarly research though presentation opportunities. To this end, spaces have been reserved for presenters to present in at the venue. Presentations will be open to registered participants of the WDA-A Conference and Festival.

All proposals must be submitted and presentations conducted in English, unless the presenter can provide his/her own translator. Scholarly Paper Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in presentation length. We encourage presenters to include PowerPoint or visual aids to enhance the communication of ideas as a projector and screen will be available (presenters must provide their own laptop and VGA adapter). Additional time will be made available for visual aids setup before and questions and dialogue at the end of each session.

The online application for Scholarly Paper Presentation will require the following information:

  1. presenter’s name, title, phone number, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, e-mail address, and title of paper presentation;
  2. an abstract  summarizing the topic, methodology and research to date, and indicating how the proposal relates to the Assembly’s theme (no more than 250 words in length);
  3. no more than 7 contextual/bibliographic references in American Psychological Association (APA) style. An example is available at; and
  4. a brief presenter’s bio (no more than 150 words in length).

If a proposal is accepted, the abstract and bio will be included in the Conference & Festival Assembly Event Guide. All participants receive this guide to assist them in determining which of the myriad events occurring throughout the week they wish to attend. Please take time to craft the abstract and bio carefully. Descriptions and bios which exceed the stated length will not be considered.  All identifying information will be redacted prior to the blind review process.

Scholarly Paper Presentation Proposal applications will be reviewed by the WDA-A Research & Documentation Network and the Conference Committee for consideration of inclusion in the Scholarly Paper Presentation series.

Click on the appropriate link below designating your WDA membership status and submit your application:

WDA-Americas Member
(Make sure you are logged in before selecting the above link).


Other WDA Regional Member
(All memberships will be verified with the corresponding region’s administration.)


Non-WDA Member
($30 application fee required or you may join WDA here.)