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Dance Collections at Special Collections in Performing Arts

A guide to dance collections and resources at Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland.

Contact the Curator

If you would like more information about any of the collections featured here, please contact 

John Davis

Interim Curator for Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA)


About the American College Dance Association


The American College Dance  Association (ACDA) was founded in 1973 to acknowledge and foster the role that colleges had been playing in the development of dance since the 1960’s. Originally formed by thirteen charter member colleges and universities as the American College Dance Festival Association, the ACDA now consists of over 300 member institutions. The ACDA sponsors eleven regional conferences where colleges and university submit pieces to be adjudicated by nationally recognized dance professionals. The association also sponsors the National Dance Festival, which showcases works selected from all the regional conferences.