DHC Staff


Libby Smigel
Executive Director
MFA PhD

1111 16th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036-4830
Email: lsmigel [at] danceheritage [dot] org
Phone: 202.223.8392

Libby Smigel was confirmed as Executive Director of the Dance Heritage Coalition in November 2009, after stepping in as Acting Executive Director in July 2009. Smigel served as the DHC's Project Director, during which time she led a project to define best practices of applying the Copyright Act's fair use doctrine in essential preservation work, programs, and services of dance archives, libraries, and museums. (Publication is available as a booklet and PDF.) She also coordinated a Save America's Treasures grant to assist endangered dance company archives. Earlier, as a freelance consultant, Smigel worked on the DHC traveling exhibition "America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: The First 100" and drafted the DHC booklet "Documenting Dance: A Practical Guide."

Smigel has taught undergrad and graduate courses in drama, dance, and English at an array of higher education institutions, including American University, George Washington University, the University of Maryland, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, York University, and Rochester Institute of Technology. She is an active dance researcher and editor. Most recently, she has been actively involved in the development of reference publications. She is co-editing a two-volume series on Icons of American Dance, has contributed entries on dance figures for the Dictionary of American Biography, and was consulted on the antiquity entries for the International Encyclopedia of Dance. She currently serves as Area Chair for Dance and Culture for the American Culture Association and the Popular Culture Association (PCA/ACA), for which she also sits on the board of directors, and she served on the first board of directors of the Society of Dance History Scholars.

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Imogen  Smith
Project Manager
MLIS

Imogen is based in New York City but can be reached by mail at the national office:
1111 16th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036-4830
Email: ismith [at] danceheritage [dot] org
Phone: 202.223.8393

Imogen Smith became Project Manager for the Dance Heritage Coalition in January 2011. Since joining the DHC she has managed a wide assortment of grant-funded projects, working directly with dance companies to improve the condition of their archival holdings, directing the creation of the online exhibition America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures, and providing oversight for the student fellowship program. She represents the DHC at conferences in the fields of dance and archives, and contributes articles on issues in archiving, preservation and dance heritage to scholarly journals and publications of professional associations. Smith is a member of the Society of American Archivists.

She previously served as Archival Consultant for the DHC's Dance Archives Assessment Project, visiting New York-based dance companies and reporting on the scope and preservation/access needs of their archives. From 2011-2013 she coordinated oral history projects and archival audio processing for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library. She has also served as a consultant for the Dance Notation Bureau, creating a manual for their online catalogue, and from 2003-2009 she worked as a cataloguer for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, processing large archival collections of film and video. During this time she was a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. Previous jobs included cataloguing artworks at the Morgan Library & Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. Smith earned her Master's in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in 2002.

She is also the author of two books on film history, Buster Keaton: The Persistence of Comedy and In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City. Her writing on film has appeared in Moving Image Source, The Believer, Bright Lights Film Journal, Alt Screen, and other film and culture publications, and she has written about art for The Threepenny Review and for gallery exhibition catalogues. She has lectured and moderated symposia at the New York Public Library, the Lancaster Museum of Art, and the Popular Culture Association annual conferences of 2012 and 2013. She has studied ballet, modern and ballroom dance, and continues to dance as a hobby.

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Kat  Bell
Finding Aids Coordinator/Project Associate

1111 16th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036-4830
Email: kbell [at] danceheritage [dot] org
Phone: 202.223.8392

Kat Bell joined the Dance Heritage Coalition in April 2013. Kat first worked with the DHC in 2011 through a Save America's Treasures grant and Mellon funding for which she created an inventory of the archive at the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH), which included more than 3000 moving images, 1500 audio items, and over 400 entries for paper materials and artifacts. Before rejoining the DHC, she recently assisted the DTH archivist in installing their traveling exhibition at the University Museum at Texas Southern University in Houston. She served as the Tobin Fund Intern in the Theatre Arts at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, and also worked with Texas Woman’s University’s Woman’s Collection as Digital Archives Technician where she added over 1000 digital objects to the Whirly-Girls digital collection. She has also held internships with Hamon Arts Library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York. She holds a Master in library science and MA in dance, both from Texas Woman's University.

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Ilsa  Bush
Coordinator of Special Projects

1111 16th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036-4830
Email: ibush [at] danceheritage [dot] org

Ilsa Bush is Coordinator of Special Projects for the Dance Heritage Coalition. She collects data and information for grant submissions and other DHC uses, coordinates projects with partnerships, drafts and edits proposal materials, and facilitates project progress as needed. She also teaches dance at the George Washington University and Joy of Motion Dance Center. Bush received her B.A. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Arizona State University. She practiced law in Arizona and Washington, DC.

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Rebecca  Fraimow
Preservation Hub Manager

1111 16th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036-4830
Email: rfraimow [at] danceheritage [dot] org

Rebecca Fraimow has been working with the Dance Heritage Coalition since September of 2012, assisting on projects with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Garth Fagan Dance, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. In October 2013, she joined the DHC as the Preservation Hub Manager for New York City, performing audiovisual conservation and preservation services and outreach for the Dance Heritage Coalition's Secure Media Network project.

Rebecca has served as an archival consultant for Seahorse Films and Deep Dish Television and provided technical preservation services for Standby Media and the New Museum's XFR STN exhibit on media preservation. She is also a founding director of the XFR Collective, a membership organization providing preservation services for independent media. Rebecca holds an M.A. in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from NYU and a B.A. in English from Stanford University.

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Ludovic  Jolivet
Preservation Technician, Dance Preservation & Digitization Project

1111 16th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036-4830
Email: ljolivet [at] danceheritage [dot] org

After providing video and photo editing for the DHC, Ludovic now provides technical services at the DHC's video digitization system in the Washington office. Ludovic has extensive qualifications documenting dance and creating videos for arts organizations in the U.S. and abroad, and is an award-winning choreographer of live and camera performances. His technical background includes an electronics certification.

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Johanna  Seltzer
Website Administrator

1111 16th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036-4830
Email: jseltzer [at] danceheritage [dot] org

Johanna Seltzer is DHC's Website Administrator, coordinating several aspects of DHC's website upgrade. Seltzer brings a wealth of experience in technology project management and internet communications, recently working for diverse organizations such as Dance/USA, Balance Interactive, and River's Edge Yoga. Seltzer has a BA in Dance from the University of Maryland, and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management from American University. In 2007, she left her Project Director position at Dance/MetroDC (a local service organization for the regional dance community) to work as a contractor in technology, communications, and finance.

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