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Sherril Dodds




    • B.A. Creative Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University
      M.A. Dance Studies, University of Surrey, UK
      Ph.D. University of Surrey, UK


      Prior to joining the Temple faculty, Dr. Dodds served as Senior Lecturer in Dance Studies, Head of the Department of Dance, Film and Theatre, and Director of Postgraduate Research at the University of Surrey. Dodds served on the Executive Committee of the Society for Dance Research (SDR) from 1998-2001, the Board of Directors for the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) from 2004-2010, and the Executive Board of the Congress of Research in Dance (CORD) from 2012-15. She currently serves on the Editorial Boards for Dance Research Journal, the International Journal of Performing Arts and Digital Media and the Korean Society of Dance, and she sits on the Executive Board of thINKingDANCE.

      She is a founder member of the UK PoPMOVES research group and initiated the SDHS Popular, Social and Vernacular Dance Working Group. In 2008 and 2009, she was an Erasmus Visiting Lecturer at Trondheim University in Norway, in 2010 she was a Visiting Academic at the Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University in Australia, and in 2014 she was a Distinguished Faculty member of the Mellon Summer Seminar: Dance Studies in/and the Humanities at Stanford university.

      Her research expertise centers on dance on screen, popular dance, and cultural theory approaches to dance
    • Books:
      Bodies of Sound” Issues Across popular Music and Dance (co-edited with Susan Cook, Ashgate, 2013)

      Dancing on the Canon: Embodiments of Value in Popular Dance (Palgrave, 2011)

      Dance on Screen: Genres and Media from Hollywood to Experimental Art (Palgrave, 2001)

      Books Chapters:

      “Dancing the Popular: The Expressive Interface of Bodies, Sound and Motion” in The Sage Handbook of Popular Music (Andrew Bennett and Steve Waksman, 2015)

      "Bellowhead: Re-entering Folk through a Pop Movement Aesthetic" in Bodies of Sound (Sherril Dodds and Susan Cook, 2013)

      "Values in Motion: Reflections on Popular Screen Dance" in Oxford Handbook of Dance and the popular Screen (Melissa Blanco Borelli, 2012)

      "Slamming with the Boundaries of Theory and Practice: The Legitimization of Popular Dance" in Routledge Dance Studies Reader (Alexandra Carter and Janet O’Shea, 2009)

      "From Busby Berkely to Madonna: Music Video and Popular Dance" in Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy, Sham, Shake: A Social and Popular Dance Reader (Julie Malnig, 2008)

      "Mad Hot Ballroom and The Politics of Transformation" in Decentring Texts (Janet Lansdale, 2008)

      "Screen Divas: An Expression of the Grotesque Aesthetic" in Anarchic Dance (Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie, 2005)

      "Revolution in Video Dance: The Construction of a Fluid Body" in Indeterminate Bodies (Naomi Segal, Roger Cook and Lib Taylor, 2003)

      "Music Video/Video Dance" in Music, Sensation and Sensuality (Linda Austern, 2002)

      "A 'streetwise urban chic': Popular Culture and Intertextuality in the Work of Lea Anderson" in Dancing Texts (Janet Adshead-Lansdale, 1999)

      "Dance and Erotica: The Construction of the Female Stripper" in Dance in the City (Helen Thomas, 1997)

       Journal articles:     

      Hip Hop Battles and Facial Intertexts Dance Research (2016)

      Krumping, Choreography and Close-ups: A Deleuzian Critique of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ International Journal of Screendance (co-authored with Colleen Hooper, 2014)

      Guest editor ‘Body Parts: Pelvis, Feet, Face, Hips, Legs, Lips and Teeth’ Dance Research Journal (2014)

      Facial Choreographies and the Choreographic Interface Dance Research Journal*

      *Winner of the 2015 Gertrude Lippincott Award. Named in honor of its donor, a devoted teacher of modern dance in the Midwest and mentor to many students, Gertrude Lippincott Award was established to recognize excellence in the field of dance scholarship.

      Embodied Transformations in Neo Burlesque Striptease Dance Research Journal (2014)

      Re-inventing the Past at Sunday Serenade: the Residual Cultures of a British Caribbean Dancehall Anthropological Notebooks (2011)

      Introduction: ‘Dancing Across Film, Television and the Digital Screen’ International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media (2009)

      Glamour Addiction: Inside the American Ballroom Dance Industry, Book Review, Dance Research Journal (2007)

      Gesture, Pop Culture, and Intertextuality in the Work of Lea Anderson New Theatre Quarterly (1997)

      Study of Dance Conference: Border Tensions: Dance and Discourse Dance Research Journal (1995)