This seminar explores theoretical praxes for critical dance studies and emergent trends within the discipline. We look at how the field has been constituted, the theoretical lines of inquiry that have served it, and how debates have changed over time. We consider the methods that dance scholars bring to bear on their work and consider the limits and affordances of these tools for students’ own research projects. Lectures and discussions include invited field experts and integrate Duke’s expansive dance archives (including ADF) and professional performance series. Course culminates in an original written research project.