Philosophy of dance

A selection of texts. Please contact me if you think something should be added to this list.

Armelagos, Adina and Sirridge, Mary (1978), ‘The Identity Crisis in Dance’, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 37 (2), 129-40.

Carr, David (1987), ‘Thought and Action in the Art of Dance’, British Journal of Aesthetics, 27 (4), 345-57.

– (1997), ‘Meaning in Dance’, British Journal of Aesthetics, 37 (4), 349-66.

Margolis, Joseph (1981), ‘The Autographic Nature of the Dance’, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 39 (4), 419-27.

McFee, Graham (2011), The Philosophical Aesthetics of Dance: Identity, Performance and Understanding(Alton: Dance Books).

– (2004), The Concept of Dance Education (Eastbourne: Pageantry Press).

– (ed.), (1999b), Dance, Education and Philosophy (Oxford: Meyer & Meyer Sport).

– (1994),”Was that Swan Lake I saw you at last night?’: Dance Identity and Understanding’,Dance Research, 12 (1), 21-40.

– (1992), Understanding Dance (London: Routledge).

Meskin, Aaron (1999), ‘Productions, Performances and their Evaluation’, in Graham McFee (ed.), Dance, Education and Philosophy (Oxford: Meyer and Meyer Sport), 45-61.

Pakes, Anna (2011) ‘Phenomenology and Dance: Husserlian Meditations”, Dance Research Journal, 43:2, 33-49.

– (2009) ‘Knowing through dance-making: Choreography, practical knowledge and practice-as-research,’ Jo Butterworth & Liesbeth Wildschut (eds.) Contemporary Choreography: A Critical Reader (London: Routledge),10-22.

– (2006) ‘Dance’s Mind-Body Problem’, Dance Research, 24:2, 87-104.

– (2003) ‘Original Embodied Knowledge: The Epistemology of the New in Dance Practice as Research’, Research in Dance Education, 4:2, 127-149.

Sheets-Johnstone, Maxine (1979), The Phenomenology of Dance (2nd edn.; London: Dance Books).

– (ed.), (1984), Illuminating Dance: Philosophical Explorations (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press).

Sparhsott, Francis (1995), A Measured Pace: toward a philosophical understanding of the arts of dance (Buffalo: University of Toronto Press).

– (1988), Off the Ground: First Steps to a Philosophical Consideration of the Dance (Princeton: Princeton University Press).

Van Camp, Julie (1981), ‘Philosophical Problems of Dance Criticism’, Ph.D thesis: Temple University. Accessible online at: