A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO
The Study Group on Ethnochoreology is the oldest Study Group in the ICTM. Since the establishment of the IFMC in 1947 in London, dance has been strongly represented by its membership. In 1962, a Folk Dance Commission was established at the IFMC Conference in Zlin, former Czechoslovakia. This group focused on folk dance terminology and in the early 1970s it renamed itself as the Study Group on Ethnochoreology, reflecting its changed remit beyond that of dance terminology to include cultural dimensions and other issues relating to ethnochoreology. Today, the Study Group on Ethnochoreology is the largest Study Group within the ICTM (name change from IFMC to ICTM occured in 1981) with a multidisciplinary membership. Scholars - young and old, critically engage in research and scholarship in their specific fields of dance research and share their insights with the membership at international biennial symposia. Currently, the Study Group has a membership of 171 people from over 45 nations worldwide.
The increased presence of ethnochoreology and dance anthropology programmes at universities in Europe, since the 1990s, is evidence of the growing interest in the field of dance, human movement practices and culture. The Study Group on Ethnochoreology provides an important forum and network for all scholars working and researching in this interdisciplinary field.
The objectives of the Study Group are
The Study Group organises biennial international symposia and publishes proceedings of these symposia (see Symposia and Publications page). A large percentage of the membership attend these symposia The Study Group also meets informally at ICTM World Conferences.
Within the Study Group on Ethnochoreology there are sub-study groups focusing on specific areas of interest and relevance to the membership. These groups play an important role within the Study Group and generally correspond and meet between symposia. Currently there a number of active sub-study groups. They include the following:
Sub-study groups also publish research in the form of books. These have included the following:
Kaeppler, Adrienne; Elsie Ivancich Dunin (Editors, 2007) Dance Structures: Perspectives on the Analysis of Human Movement, Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó.
The Study Group on Ethnochoreology is open to all ICTM members who are involved in the field of research in dance, either as specialists in the field or in related fields.
Membership is obtained by writing to both the Chair (Catherine Foley) and the Secretary (Anne von Bibra Wharton). The Secretary will also require the return of a completed information sheet.