An alliane of major dance collections, formed to document and preserve America's dance.
Dance Heritage Coalition
About the DHC

About the Dance Heritage Coalition

Founded in 1992, the DHC was established to address problems identified by a field-wide study of the current state of preservation and documentation of American dance. The study, jointly commissioned by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, recommended that a coalition of the major dance collections be formed to facilitate communication, and promote joint programs, projects, and policy-making in order to strengthen a national dance documentation and preservation network.

With initial operating funding from The Mellon Foundation and with additional project support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Delmas Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the H.W. Wilson Foundation, and others, the DHC has identified, developed, and implemented projects to improve the ability of the dance community to retain and utilize materials documenting the art form.

The DHC focuses on four areas: ACCESS to materials; the continuing DOCUMENTATION of dance employing both traditional methods and developing technologies; PRESERVATION of existing documentation; and EDUCATION regarding methods, standards, and practice for access, documentation, and preservation.

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