Dance research is an umbrella term for studies of dance. It includes the following areas:
- Dance history
- Dance theory
- Dance science the scientific study of dance and dancers, as well as the practical application of scientific principles to dance, similar to sports science. Its aims are the enhancement of performance, the reduction of injury, and the improvement of well-being and health.
Dance research as an academic discipline is relatively new. In 1967, the first volume of the CORD dance research annual wrote: "...One of the most serious problems in dance research is found in the fact that the literati in the field are not yet the university people".
- Congress on Research in Dance (founded in 1965 as a Committee on Research in Dance
- Society for Ethnomusicology
- Society of Dance History Scholars
- Cross-Cultural Dance Resources
- "CORD dance research annual". Committee on Research in Dance. 1967. Retrieved 2010-06-27.