Securing Our Dance Heritage:

Issues in the Documentation and Preservation of Dance

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by Catherine J. Johnson
and Allegra Fuller Snyder
July 1999

Copyright 1999 by the Council on Library and Information Resources. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transcribed in any form without permission of the publisher. Requests for reproduction for noncommercial purposes, including educational advancement, private study, or research, will be granted. Full credit must be given to both the author and the Council on Library and Information Resources.

About the Authors

Catherine Johnson served as director for the Dance Heritage Coalition’s Access to Resources for the History of Dance in Seven Repositories Project. She holds an M.S. in library science from Columbia University with a specialization in rare books and manuscripts and a B.A. from Bethany College with a major in English literature and theater. Ms. Johnson served as the founding director of the Dance Heritage Coalition from 1992 to 1997. Before that, she was assistant curator of the Harvard Theater Collection, where she was responsible for access, processing, and exhibitions, among other duties. She has held positions at The New York Public Library and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Allegra Fuller Snyder, the American Dance Guild’s 1992 Honoree of the Year, is professor emeritus of dance and former director of the Graduate Program in Dance Ethnology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has also served as chair of the faculty, School of the Arts, and chair of the Department of Dance at UCLA. She was visiting professor of performance studies at New York University and honorary visiting professor at the University of Surrey, Guildford, England. She has written extensively and directed several films about dance and has received grants from NEA and NEH in addition to numerous honors. Since 1993, she has served as executive director, president, and chairwoman of the board of directors of the Buckminister Fuller Institute.

Michelle Forner is director of the Dance Heritage Coalition. She holds an M.A. in dance with a concentration in ethnology from the University of California at Los Angeles and a B.A. in communications from The Pennsylvania State University. She served as an archivist on the Dance Heritage Coalition’s Access to Resources for the History of Dance in Seven Repositories Project. As a dance performer, educator, and scholar, her focus has been on dance forms from northern Africa and western Asia. She has also held editorial positions in magazine and book publishing, and served as managing editor for two volumes of the UCLA Journal of Dance Ethnology.


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