Dance Writing Award Deadline for Entries

Friday, March 31, 2017 (All day)

The Dance Writing Award is a competitive award presented annually. The winning research paper will be chosen among submissions that are received by March 31th. The Dance Writing Award recognizes the Duke University undergraduate who has written a research paper demonstrating excellence in dance writing and has proven his/her ability to translate the moving text to the written word. 

  • Award: $250
  • You must be enrolled in at least one dance course (half credit or full credit) in either the fall or spring semester of this academic year. Majoring or minoring in Dance is not a requirement.
  • The submission may be a research paper written specifically for this competition, or a paper written as part of a previous coursework. The paper can be reworked and edited as you feel is necessary.
  • The subject matter and content of the research paper is open, however, it should center on the topic of Dance / Performance. The research may be historical, theoretical, ethnographic, or reflective. An academically accepted method of Citations / Bibliography must be included if the nature of your paper requires it.
  • Submissions should be between 15 and 20 pages long. A page is defined as containing 250 words.
  • The paper is to be typed in 12 Times New Roman font, double spaced, and with one inch margins.
  • Only one entry (paper submission) per student would be acceptable.
  • The winning research paper will be selected by the members of the dance faculty.
  • The winner will receive a $250 cash award. The award will be announced as part of the Arts Awards Ceremony during graduation weekend.
  • By submitting your paper, you agree to allow the Dance Program to place your paper online for others to read.
Please submit your paper by March 31th.  

It should be sent both electronically to:

Ava LaVonne Vinesett  <>
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Duke University Dance Program

The winning paper will be announced by April 15 of each year.