Dance Heritage Coalition

DHC is a national alliance of institutions holding significant collections of materials documenting the history of dance. Its mission is to preserve, make accessible, enhance and augment the materials that document the artistic accomplishments in dance of the past, present, and future.

Our History.

DHC was founded in 1992 to address problems in documenting dance and preserving the record, problems which were identified in a study commissioned by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. This study, titled Images of American Dance, recommended the formation of an alliance of the nation’s major dance collections to facilitate communication

Dance Heritage Coalition To Integrate Into Dance/USA

Artist's Legacy Toolkit

The beginning of your artistic career, the benefits of developing your archive include improving your organization's administrative efficiency, strengthening its self-knowledge, enhancing its public image, and contributing to scholarship and public education.

Hidden Collections

7 archives and Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) partnered to process seminal dance collections that are the Foundations of Dance Research. Arizona State University,Dance Notation Bureau ,Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival,Library of Congress,Museum of Performance & Design,The Ohio State University,UCLA Library.

113 Dance Treasures

From 2003 to 2009, the Irreplaceable Dance Treasures were celebrated in a national touring exhibition through a collaborative exhibition to which the DHC archives contributed still images & video clips. This exhibit, which opened at The New York .

Member Archives, Libraries & Museums

The Arizona State University School of Film, Dance and Theater in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the site of the Cross-Cultural Dance Resources (CCDR) Collections which stands as a monument to the study of dance in cultural contexts.

Resources For Users

Dance Archive Assessments

For many dance companies, records and archives are a priority, but funds are lacking and staff may not know where to start.

Secure Media Network

Dance Heritage Coalition has investigated ways to make records of America's dance more accessible. secure media network

Moving Image Registry

In its Moving Images Registry, the Dance Heritage Coalition collects data on dance-related moving images films, analog videotapes.

DHC Searchable Finding Aids

Special Collections, which often contain rare or unseen materials, are essential to break-through scholarship problems.

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What Our Customers Say About us

Getting into the details of the history of various dance forms through the records and documents by DHC made me aware of the multiple aspects of it. I truly loved the experience of tracing the trajectory of different dance forms from the past to the present.

Leslie M Simpson

DHC helped me explore the magical world of dance right from its roots. It was indeed an experience worth remembering and history worth cherishing.

Paul R Williams