Minnesota Dance Alliance records
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains 58 boxes of administrative files, financial records, grants, production related materials, outreach and publications, external professional organizations, audio/visual materials and artists files. The A/V materials account for almost half the collection and consist primarily of video tape. The artists files are restricted -- contact the collection curator for further information.
- Minnesota Dance Alliance (Organization)
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Restrictions on Access
Artists files are restricted for fifty years after creation. All other materials are open and available for use in the Andersen Library Reading Room.
Restrictions on Use
Copyright is retained by the copyright holder.
Minnesota Dance Alliance (MDA) was formed in 1979 under the name Minnesota Independent Choreographers' Alliance (MICA). MICA's original mission was, "to provide choreographers with a support system at reasonable cost, and to promote and encourage dance in Minnesota". In 1986 MICA changed its name to Minnesota Dance Alliance to reflect a more diverse membership and mission. With the name change, the mission became, "to support and foster dance arts in Minnesota". As a dance service organization, MDA provided networking and career development guidance, assisted those in the dance community in attain grant and fellowship funding and supported dance performance. In 1990 the MDA secured a long-term lease at the Hennepin Center for the Arts for a space called Studio 6A. It used this space to present programs and give self-produced performers a place to present.
Minnesota Dance Alliance experienced numerous financial setbacks in 1995 and 1996. This caused a change in leadership, a restructuring and reevaluation of the organizations goals in 1996 and 1997. Part of this reevaluation included a long-range planning committee to plan for the organization into 2000 and beyond. In 2002 the MDA was reborn as Dance Today, focusing on creating "an environment that values, celebrates and supports the art of dance". Dance Today identified the key to a successful dance community as a strong relationship between dance artists and the community at large. Just a year later, in April 2003, Dance Today closed its doors due to an inhospitable financial climate.
58 boxes (60.5 cubic feet)
The collection contains administrative files, financial records, grants, production related materials, outreach and publications, external professional organizations, audio/visual materials and artists files.
The collection is organized into the following series:
- Administrative Files
- Outreach and Publications
- Professional Organizations
- Audiovisual Materials
- Artists Files
Donated by June Wilson in 2005.
Additions were made to the collection in 2006.
The collection was processed by Archives student assistants and the finding aid written by [name of processor and date processed here].
- Audio-visual materials Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Dance -- United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Dance companies -- Minnesota Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Dance teachers. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Modern Dance -- Minnesota Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Videotapes. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Minnesota Dance Alliance records
- Finding aid created by Anne Simpson
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