The purpose of this document is to outline the principles and practices DANCEHOUSE DIARY upholds in delivering the highest standards of editorial integrity. This policy is meant to set self-regulatory standards for content publishing.

About the Dancehouse Diary

DANCEHOUSE DIARY is a free intermittent publication published by Dancehouse Melbourne Australia. The publication invites a global cross-disciplinary approach with a view to articulating the many and subtle connections between the moving body, the body politic and the body social. Its aim is to activate creative and specifically corporeal thinking and imagination regarding how we choreograph our place in the world. Although DANCEHOUSE DIARY takes the moving body as subject matter, it is not a dance specialist publication nor a journal with academic ambitions. As such, it is a unique publication placing current corporeal reflections (with)in the societal, geopolitical and ethical context.

DANCEHOUSE DIARY was founded by Angela Conquet in 2012, former Artistic Director of Dancehouse (2011-2020). It is independently edited by Angela Conquet and Dr. Philipa Rothfield, with the assistance of issue-specific guest editors. It is published regularly online on its dedicated website and sometimes in print. The paper edition is conceived as a gift to the reader, an invitation to slow down, feel the thought and hold the time.


DANCEHOUSE DIARY is read by movement makers, practitioners and thinkers primarily but also academics and their students, artists, arts-savvy audiences.

Editorial Line

DANCEHOUSE DIARY is a publication based on discourse, dialogue and connection with other art forms and wider societal issues. Within and across issues, Dancehouse Diary aims to publish innovative and challenging content on the moving and thinking body, whether performed or every day as well as the dance artists’ and thinkers’ vision of the world in general. It aims to provoke cross-disciplinary thought and to articulate a most necessary connection of our bodies with our minds, of how we move and exist in the world and for the world.

Type of Contributions

DANCEHOUSE DIARY publishes commentary, essays, memoirs, interviews, poetry, choreographic scores, academic research and at times, drawings and photography. Contributions can be made via regular call out outs but also pitched or by invitation. Some articles are exclusively commissioned or translated. Sometimes we republish existing material. 

Editorial Processes

The writings published in DANCEHOUSE DIARY are to be guided by principles of independence, integrity and rigour. DANCEHOUSE DIARY is a site for thought and debate. We do not aim to be politically, socially and geographically inclusive in the articles we commission and receive but we shall not discriminate according to political or religious views.

We strive to be impartial not adhering to any ideology. Any particular article will embody the views of its author but will not necessarily represent the view of Dancehouse or the editors of DANCEHOUSE DIARY.

Independence and responsibility are inseparable. We will ensure that editorial decisions are not improperly influenced by political, sectional, commercial or personal interests.

Innovation involves a willingness to take risks, invent and experiment with new ideas. This can sometimes result in challenging content which may offend some of the audience some of the time. DANCEHOUSE DIARY acknowledges that a publication should never gratuitously harm or offend and accordingly any content which is likely to harm or offend must have a clear editorial purpose.

DANCEHOUSE DIARY will not accept any contributions or comments that are racist, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic or in any other way discriminatory.

Furthermore, we will make reasonable efforts, appropriate in the context, to supplement the partly right and correct the plainly wrong. We will signal to the authors before publication gradations in accuracy, for example by querying interviewees, qualifying bald assertions

Editorial decisions are made by DANCEHOUSE DIARY Editors and depending on the issue/theme, in conjunction with other guest editors or associated collaborators.

The Editors exercise editorial independence as authorised by Dancehouse.

When any editorial matter is perceived to be the subject of legal risk, notice will be given for advice to the Board of Directors and advice will be sought.

Submission Guidelines

We accept contributions from writers and artists with a writing practice from all over the world.

We will be accepting writings that are well researched, innovative, engaging and critical.

The articles should be written in proper English, which includes proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalisation and sentence structure.

We also accept articles in French and Italian.

We do not review books or performances.

We will not accept writings which are advertising or advertorial or writings that overtly promote the interests of any particular religion or religious groups, governments or corporations as a primary purpose.

DANCEHOUSE DIARY cannot include plagiarised material from any person or source.

Right of Rejection

DANCEHOUSE DIARY editors have the right to review, edit and/or reject articles for reasons of content, quality, length or post-deadline submission. DANCEHOUSE DIARY will show consideration of potentially conflicting factors decisions will be made at the discretion of the editors.

Conflict of Interest

In the interests of transparency, each author will be required to a Conflict of Interest Declaration. Conflicts may be financial or non-financial. The corresponding author should also include a summary statement on conflict of interest. This will be published with the article. Articles will not be published unless conflict of interest forms have been received. These will be sent when confirm publication of the manuscript.


DANCEHOUSE DIARY editors will treat all manuscripts submitted as confidential and no manuscripts will be shared with third parties except in cases of suspected misconduct. Manuscripts may be shared internally with Editorial Board members, Associate Editors and Dancehouse staff as part of our editorial and production processes.


Opinions expressed in DANCEHOUSE DIARY are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the publisher and Editors.

Corrections and Retractions

Errors of fact will be corrected, though if an error is serious, DANCEHOUSE DIARY will consider whether retraction is warranted. Authors should notify DANCEHOUSE DIARY if they become aware of an error that needs to be corrected. Before corrections resulting from author error can be published, a signed statement from all authors (scanned and sent via email) is required. DANCEHOUSE DIARY will notify the corresponding author of any journal-initiated errors and will correct the record. A new version of the corrected article will be posted to the website and the previous versions will be archived, with a note that a more recent version is available.

Reader disagreement with a published manuscript will be handled as a comment to the article unless there is a clear error of fact in the paper that warrants a correction or retraction.

Retractions will be considered if: evidence comes to light showing research findings are invalid or unreliable; a case of plagiarism occurs; the content is subsequently revealed as unethical. Retraction notices will be clearly identified and linked to the article.

Appeals, Complaints, Misconduct

All final decisions on manuscripts, including the decision to publish, are made by DANCEHOUSE DIARY editors.

Authors who wish to appeal a publication rejection should send a detailed letter outlining the reasons for their appeal and the arguments for reconsideration by the DANCEHOUSE DIARY editors. This will be considered and, if appropriate, an invitation to resubmit may be offered.

Readers who wish to make a complaint of another nature should do so in writing to DANCEHOUSE DIARY editors. If the complaint cannot be satisfactorily resolved by the Editors, it may be escalated to Dancehouse. DANCEHOUSE DIARY will attempt to resolve complaints in a timely manner, responding within 1 week to the initial complaint and addressing the nature of the complaint within 3 weeks. If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved at this stage, the issue will be referred to the Dancehouse Board for discussion.

Allegations of possible misconduct (including plagiarism, self-plagiarism and falsification of data) will be investigated by the Editors. Depending on the outcome, DANCEHOUSE DIARY may retract a published paper, reject a submitted paper, or publish an expression of concern and notify the author.

Online Comments Policy

We are grateful when readers take the time to leave comments, particularly if correcting errors, pointing out omissions or contributing to informed debate. However, we ask that all comments value-add in some way to the topic or discussion. We will not publish comments that do not add some meaningful value, or that are not civil. Abuse and racism will not be tolerated.