From a USC Libraries:
Thanks to a $560,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation under its Arts and Cultural Heritage program area, the USC Libraries and the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance will create a new home for a rich collection of recordings of more than 1,200 culturally significant dance performances digitized at hubs in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., over 15 years by the Dance Heritage Coalition.
The collection spans dance genres from classical Indian forms like Bharatanatyam to butoh, hip hop, postmodern, tap, and movement traditions from cultures around the world. Featuring artists such as Camille A. Brown, Ze’eva Cohen, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joe Goode Performance Group, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Glen Tetley, and Urban Bush Women as well as performances for the New England Folk Festival Association and the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, the digital resource captures many facets of U.S. and global dance heritage.
“I’m grateful to the Mellon Foundation for supporting this landmark cultural and technological collaboration between the USC Libraries and the Kaufman School,” said Catherine Quinlan, dean of the USC Libraries. “The Dance Heritage Coalition’s collection embodies an extraordinarily diverse set of creative traditions. And thanks to the Mellon Foundation, we’re able to bring this new digital resource to a global audience of students, scholars, and creative artists.”