Archiving ClancyWorks Dance Company at 25

As ClancyWorks approaches its 25th year, they announce a partnership with ChromaDiverse to digitize and preserve their “records, programs, and choreography.” They’ve secured funding from the Maryland State Arts Council, but need another $5000 to complete the work.

ChromaDiverse is a relatively new organization (founded in 2019 by Dance Theatre of Harlem alum Judy Tyrus). While I have no personal experience with the organization, as someone that spends a lot of time poking around in dance history looking for lessons, I can only say that preserving this sort of thing is immensely important.

If you can spare a few dollars (ClancyWorks suggests $25…), please consider donating.

While I have a moment of your attention, particularly if you teach dance, check out ClancyWorks’ DETI – the Dance Educators Training Institute, coming up August 1st through 3rd, 2023, and all the other programs they offer… Here’s the DETI schedule [pdf].

…and longer-term, if you know of a hidden cache of dance material, please try to preserve it.