Friday, February 27, 2015

Dance Heritage Coalition

What artists, companies, or dance practices should be added to DHC’s list of “America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures”? Help us decide! 
Sophie Maslow in her 1942 work Folksay. Photograph from the archives of the American Dance Festival.
Since its launch in 2000, the list of America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures has engaged the public in discovering and exploring the richness and diversity of America's dance heritage. The Dance Treasures online exhibit honors choreographers, dancers, critics, composers, designers, companies, venues, styles, and movements from all regions and eras, with scholarly essays, visual materials, and research guides. This resource has been embraced by educators as a teaching tool and incorporated into syllabi across the country.

Thanks to this evidence of the value of the Treasures, Dance Heritage Coalition has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to enhance and augment the list and online resource. DHC will add new archival materials to the site and with input from users will add new features to make the site more interactive, navigable, and useful for educators.
In 2015, DHC will name 12 new Dance Treasures, bringing the total number to 125
A 1915 photograph of Irene and Vernon Castle. Photograph by Moffett.
A 1915 photograph of Irene and Vernon Castle. Photograph by Moffett.
Now, the DHC invites input from the dance community in selecting the 12 by nominating and voting for subjects worthy of inclusion. The DHC’s Board of Directors will ratify the voting and announce the selection on May 1, 2015.

Here’s how to participate:

First, look at the list of America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures.
Then vote for up to five (5) names (people, companies, or styles) that you think should be added to this list. You may choose five from the nominees suggested, or select three nominees and write in up to two (2) subjects of your own choosing. Any combination will be accepted as long as the total votes equal five.
12 New Dance Treasures

An irreplaceable dance treasure has:
  • Made a significant impact on dance as an art form
  • Demonstrated artistic excellence
  • Enriched the nation's cultural heritage
  • Demonstrated the potential to enhance the lives of future generations
  • Shown itself worthy of national and international recognition
Add your voice and encourage your dance-world friends to participate! Voting deadline is Tuesday, March 17, 2015.
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Since its inception in 1992, support for the Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) programs, projects, publications, and other leadership initiatives on behalf of documenting, preserving, and making accessible America’s dance legacy has come from foundations, government grants, the DHC member organizations’ staff and board representatives, and numerous individuals. The DHC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, registered in New York state. The DHC is grateful for gifts of funds as well as in-kind contributions of services, time, property, and equipment.

Dance Heritage Coalition
1111 16th St., NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone (202) 223-8392
Fax: (202) 833-2686 

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