Dance/USA Announces the 2023 Archiving and Preservation Fellows

April 24, 2023

Contact: Johanna Tschebull

Washington, DC – Dance/USA, the national service organization for dance, is excited to announce the selection of four Fellows who will work with dance organizations to preserve, organize, and create access to their archives as part of the Dance/USA 2023 Archiving and Preservation Fellowship Program. The 2023 Archiving and Preservation Fellows are Blair Black, Laila J. Franklin, Bethany Greenho, and Abdiel Jacobsen. Learn about the Fellows.

The theme of this round of Fellowships, generously supported by an award from the Mellon Foundation, is Archives as Stories; Stories as Resources. The organizations that the Archiving Fellows will work with are Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, JazzAntiqua, Jennifer Harge/Harge Dance Stories, and Segunda Quimbamba Folkloric Center. The Fellows will be paired with professional archivist mentors from The Dance Archive at the University of Denver, the University of Southern California Libraries, Black Bottom Archives, and the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center at The Newark Public Library. Read more about the projects and sites.  

The Archiving Fellows will attend the Dance/USA 2023 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia along with representatives from the host organizations and archivist mentors. Online registration for the Conference is available until May 19, 2023. Register today!

“This year’s cohort of Archiving Fellows and host organizations are united by a passion for preserving and sharing the stories of historically excluded dance forms and communities,” said Dance/USA Director of Archiving and Preservation Imogen Smith. “I’m excited to see the new resources and learning that will emerge from their work.”

“Archiving and Preservation is one of Dance/USA’s core services and we are committed to ensuring the legacy of dance in America is preserved, protected, and remains relevant and accessible to all and by all,” said Dance/USA Executive Director Kellee Edusei. “We are grateful to the Mellon Foundation for their continued support of this program.”

Learn more about the 2023 Cohort of Archiving and Preservation Fellows. 

About Dance/USA
Propelled by our belief that dance can inspire a more just and humane world, Dance/USA will amplify the power of dance to inform and inspire a nation where creativity and the field thrive.

Established in 1982, Dance/USA champions an inclusive and equitable dance field by leading, convening, advocating, and supporting individuals and organizations. Dance/USA’s core programs are focused in the areas of engagement, advocacy, research, and preservation. Learn more about Dance/USA at

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