Johnson (Tance) / Dance Action Collection
SCOPE AND CONTENT
This is an artificial collection assembled by Tance Johnson and Russell Hartley to document the activities of Dance Action. Portions of the materials, such as programs, administrative records, and correspondence, were mailed to Hartley's Archives for Performing Arts and filed in biographical files on Johnson. Most of the photographic materials arrived in binders prepared by Johnson. Since the arrangement of the negatives, positives, and prints in the binders did not provide very easy subject access, these items were re-housed in labelled envelopes. This re-arrangement was also carried out to insure that the materials were stored in a more archivally sound manner. All Dance Action records filed in Tance Johnson's biographical files were removed and re-assembled with the photographic materiaals to provide a coherent collection on the history of the company.
Types of records within the collection include minutes, correspondence, newsletters, press releases, histories and chronologies, programs, and negatives, positives, and 8 x 10 in. prints. These materials thoroughly document the goals and history of Dance Action, as well as many of the company's performances and performers. The collection features documentation on the company's educational activities, highlighting the collective concerts produced by youth and professional dancers involved in the company's summer workshops. In-school series, such as California Dancing, a special project to teach youth about California history and culture, are also well-documented. The performing arm of Dance Action, Tance Dance (formerly known as Chamber Dance Theatre), is also covered by photographic and paper records. Most of the materials relate to the 1980s, although a few items document the late sixties and seventies.