26th Annual Conference

Ballet Pedagogies: Past, Present, and Future

June 11-13, 2024

The 2024 conference will be held virtually.

Call for Conference Presentation Proposals

For the 2024 annual CORPS de Ballet International conference, the organization looks toward the future while harkening back to our roots and founding mission, particularly focusing on the development, exploration, and advancement of ballet in higher education. It is notable that the organization’s moniker CORPS is an acronym standing for the Council of Organized Researchers for Pedagogical Studies of Ballet. In our 26th year as a professional organization, we focus purposely on the pedagogical element of our mission.

Our pedagogies and various approaches to the teaching and learning experience shift and evolve over time. As educators of ballet, our philosophies about how we engage in the praxis of sharing and creating knowledge not only shape our students and our discipline, but also ourselves and our various communities. Considering the CORPS mission, this conference seeks to explore how we, as educators in ballet, are navigating the ever-evolving landscapes of higher education, diverse educational settings, cultural and societal influences, and the profession of ballet.

We invite research proposals relevant to this theme, broadly considered. Submissions might relate to the following:

  • Reflecting post-pandemic, what we have learned and how we have evolved
  • Current trends, challenges, and successes in the discipline
  • The removal of ballet from college curriculum and/or auditions and how ballet might continue to serve and adapt in a de-colonial landscape
  • How our histories have shaped the current landscape of ballet in higher education
  • Shifts and continuations of legacies and traditions in ballet education
  • Honoring tradition and progressing the art form and its various iterations to reflect contemporary viewpoints
  • The evolution of ballet considering progressive ideas about pedagogy and training methodologies
  • Situating ballet in various setting, such as higher education, community enterprises privates studios, conservatories, and the profession
  • Existing and burgeoning pedagogies, educational philosophies, and methodologies, including those not traditionally associated with ballet
  • Connecting curricula in areas beyond traditional ballet studio practice, such as educational philosophy, psychology, choreographic exploration, kinesiology and exercise science, among others
  • Translating ballet pedagogies into academic didactic coursework
  • Ballet as a way of knowing and knowledge formation
  • The teaching/learning experience in ballet education
  • Integrating theory and practice by including theoretical and historical ideas in the studio


Submission Guidelines

Proposals must demonstrate relevance to CORPS de Ballet International’s mission and objectives and connect to this year’s conference theme. Proposals may be for papers, panels, and workshops in pedagogy, methodology, curriculum development, administration, research, creativity, performance, or broader social/cultural/economic/political perspectives.

Adjudication of proposals will be conducted through an anonymous peer-review process. Proposals are scored individually by three adjudicators using an Abstract Assessment Rubric. Scores are averaged and a proposal is accepted based on the overall average score. To allow members ample opportunities to present research, applicants may only appear on one abstract proposal submission (including panel submissions) per conference.

Submission Deadline:
Monday, November 15, 2023
by 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern

  • The Conference Presentation Proposal Form must be completed per the instructions on the form.
  • Abstracts and Bibliographies must be anonymized for submission, removing any information that might disclose the submitter’s identity.
  • Membership and Conference fees: Proposals may be submitted by non-members or current members of CORPS de Ballet International. Upon acceptance, each presenter must become a member or renew their membership. Only current CORPS members will be permitted to present at the conference. All presenters must register for the full conference. Membership and Conference Registration information will be available at https://www.corps-de-ballet.org/


Types of Presentations


Papers (full-length and “allegro” options)

Full-length paper presentations will be assigned a 30-minute timeframe, which typically includes 5-10 minutes for Q&A. Note that accepted paper submissions may be scheduled in tandem, with a shared timeframe for Q&A, depending on content and scheduling needs.

“Allegro” presentations will be assigned a 10-minute timeframe, typically scheduled in groupings of up to four individual presenters, with a shared 10-minute Q&A following the completion of all four presentations.

During the submission process, submitters will have the option to select if they are interested in consideration for a full-length presentation, an allegro presentation, or both.

Proposals must be submitted via the Conference Presentation Proposal Form, which requires:

  • General presenter information
  • Presenter’s biography (250-word maximum)
  • Paper abstract (250-word maximum)
  • Sample bibliography



Group panels will be assigned a 45-60-minute timeframe (depending on content and scheduling needs), which includes time for Q&A. Proposals must be submitted via the Conference Presentation Proposal Form, which requires:

  • General presenter information for all panel members
  • Biographies for all panel members (250-word maximum each)
  • Overall panel description (250-word maximum)
  • Sample bibliography


Other (Classes, Lecture/Demonstrations, Workshops, etc.)

Classes, Lecture/Demonstrations, Workshops, etc. will be allotted a 45-60 minute timeframe, (depending on content and scheduling needs), which includes time for Q&A. Proposals must be submitted via the Conference Presentation Proposal Form, which requires:

  • General presenter information for each presenter
  • Biographies for each presenter (250-word maximum each)
  • Overall description of session (250-word maximum)
  • Sample bibliography



Please contact Melonie B. Murray, CORPS President-Elect