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Michigan Dance Archives: Detroit Dance Collective Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR002906
This collection constitutes 2 boxes of documents, 1 box of photographs and 1 oversize box containing posters, flyers, awards and other materials. Documents include flyers and other promotional materials as well as programs from DDC performances throughout the years. There are published articles about the company and its dancers and reviews of performances. Photos include images of specific dances and dancers and of the company's teaching activities. There are two company scrapbooks.

Dates

  • 1980 - 2019

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

6 Linear Feet (3 SB, 1 OS)

Abstract

The Detroit Dance Collective (DDC, recently renamed DDC Dances) is a premiere contemporary dance company in Michigan. It was founded in 1980 by dancers Barbara Selinger, Sue Ellen Darr, Paula Kramer and Anita Surma. This professional dance group is dedicated to “the creation and production of visually striking repertory that touches the senses.” The collection includes flyers and other promotional materials as well as programs from DDC performances throughout the years. There are published articles about the company and its dancers and reviews of performances. Photos include images of specific dances and dancers and of the company's teaching activities. There are two company scrapbooks, and oversize posters, flyers, awards and other materials.

History

The Detroit Dance Collective (DDC, recently renamed DDC Dances) is a premiere contemporary dance company in Michigan. It was founded in 1980 by dancers Barbara Selinger, Sue Ellen Darr, Paula Kramer and Anita Surma. This professional dance group is dedicated to “the creation and production of visually striking repertory that touches the senses.” Selinger has choreographed many works for DDC over the years and, as of 2020, continues to lead the company as artistic director. DDC has toured extensively throughout Michigan and nationally, performing in theaters, schools, museums, galleries and outdoor venues. It has specialized in designing imaginative teaching residencies at all educational levels and for the interests and needs of specific communities. The company and individual dancers have taught in many local schools including Detroit Public Schools, Oakland Community College, and Wayne State University. Guest choreographers and many Michigan visual artists, poets, musicians and designers have collaborated with DDC to create original works.

Arrangement

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Acquisition

Material acquired in 2019 from Barbara Selinger, artistic director of Detroit Dance Collective.

Related Materials

Other collections in the Reuther Library's Michigan Dance Archives, including the Harriet Berg Papers.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Aimee Ergas on January 28, 2020.
Title
Guide to the Michigan Dance Archives: Detroit Dance Collective Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Aimee Ergas.
Date
2020-1-28
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA