Ruth St. Denis


Pearl Primus


​LADF Programs Overview

LADF’s current and past programs offer legacy-based services and resources for the dance community and the dancing-loving public.  

Dance Treasures Project (DTP)

    Archivists Resource Group promotes collaborations     between the artists/companies and the archivists/institutions to expand dance materials in libraries, and to increase access of materials for the public.

    Legacy Basics develops preservation and legacy planning skills by the artists and companies.

    Trailblazers Exhibit assembles an evolving collection of DVDs and resource materials highlighting California’s dance makers.

Dance Collections Database (DCDb)
A free, online system matching dance professionals/companies with suitable institutions to house archive materials.  Watch the introductory video explaining the matching process.   LADF’s project partners are Dance Heritage Coalition and Arizona State University School of Dance.

American Repertory Dance Company (ARDC)
The former performance ensemble amassed 40+  reconstructions of rarely-seen masterworks for concert, arts learning and outreach settings.

Mary Wiggam

Participants testing DCDb’s prototype at Baryshnikov Arts Center in 2012 were:
George Dorris, Ballet Hispanico, Trisha Brown Company, Bill T. Jones Dance Company, Streb, and Urban Bush Women.