Welcome to the Dance Archives: How and Why to do Research

March 29, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Join us on March 29 at 1 p.m. EST for Welcome to the Dance Archives: How and Why to do Researcha free webinar presented by Dance/USA and The Ohio State University Libraries’ Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute. 

Dance archives are rich resources filled with records documenting the history of dance and providing insight into creative processes and cultural contexts. They can provide sources of inspiration and raw material for artists, educators, and scholars. In this webinar, artists and dance archivists will discuss creative projects that drew on archival research. 

Tanisha Jones and Rosalynde LeBlanc will discuss the artistic and research journey that led to the creation of the documentary film Can You Bring It? Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters, which  traces the history and legacy of one of the most important works of art to come out of the age of AIDS.

Jenai Cutcher and Matthias Kodat will speak about Too Beautiful to be Named, a project that animated the archives of MoMing, a dance center for training and avant-garde performance in Chicago, with an installation of new artworks and archival materials, and live memory sharing events.

Archivists will share tips and answer questions on how to get started with your own archival research, introduce a new free online guide to archival dance research and highlight treasures from institutional and community-based archives.


Jenai Cutcher, Executive & Artistic Director, Chicago Dance History Project.

Mara Frazier, Curator of Dance, Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute, Ohio State University Libraries 

Tanisha Jones, Assistant Curator, Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library

Matthias Kodat, Dancer and writer

Rosalynde LeBlanc, Associate Professor & Chair of Dance, Loyola Marymount University College of Communications & Fine Arts

Imogen Smith, Director of Archiving and Preservation, Dance/USA


About Dance/USA
Propelled by our belief that dance can inspire a more just and humane world, Dance/USA will amplify the power of dance to inform and inspire a nation where creativity and the field thrive. 

Dance/USA is the national service organization for the professional dance field. Established in 1982, Dance/USA champions an inclusive and equitable dance field by leading, convening, advocating, and supporting individuals and organizations. Dance/USA’s core programs are focused in the areas of engagement, advocacy, research, and preservation. Learn more about Dance/USA at danceusa.org.

Live captioning and interpretation will be provided for this event.

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Photo of Mara Frazier Mara Frazier
Curator of Dance

Photo of Beth Kattelman Beth Kattelman
Curator of the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute