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Metropolitan Dance Association records

 Collection
Identifier: MS2098

Collection Scope and Content

This collection contains newsletters. These newsletters date from 1978-86. The newsletter of the Metropolitan Dance Association provided information for dance professionals and enthusiasts. A typical newsletter included a listing of regional dance performances, auditions, and employment opportunities, dance scholarships, and legislative issues effecting the performing arts. A regular feature in the newsletter was "Focus on . . . ," highlighting the history and activities of local dance troupes. Among the dance companies featured in the newsletter are The Dance Exchange, Glen Echo Dance Theater, and St. Mark's Dance Company.

This collection is part of the Dance Archives of the Greater Washington Region. The Dance Archives was established in 1983 by Nancy Diers Johnson, Ed.D, Associate Professor of Dance at The George Washington University.

Dates

  • 1978-1986

Restrictions on Access

Some records may be restricted.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical or Biographical Note

The Metropolitan Dance Association (MDA) began in 1953 as the Modern Dance Council of Washington, D.C. The organization name change adopted in September 1979 reflected a shift to document local and regional dance heritage. Annual meetings of the Association featured performances and presentations by and about the regional dance community.

Among the activities undertaken by the Association was the Choreographers Showcase begun in 1958 to provide artistic opportunities to less experienced choreographers. The showcase was renamed Dance Showcase in 1978. The Association also sponsored a loan fund to provide financial assistance to dancers, choreographers, teachers and others in support of project relating to the advancement of contemporary dance in the Washington metropolitan area. Responding to the needs of its members, the Association contracted the services of a health and insurance organization to provide much needed insurance to those who might not have otherwise been able to afford it. The Associations' commitments to dancers, dance performance and dance heritage was recognized in its receipt of several grants.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Language

English

Abstract

Collection contains newsletters dated from 1978-86. The newsletter of the Metropolitan Dance Association provided information for dance professionals and enthusiasts.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition information is unknown.
Title
Guide to the Metropolitan Dance Association records, 1978-1986
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2005
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America