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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 Hedi Pope and CODA

Hedi Pope (1920-present) is a dancer, choreographer, and performer who founded the professional, modern dance company CODA (Contemporary Dancers of Alexandria). Born in Vienna, she studied the arts with Hedy Pfundmayr and Grete Wiesenthal performing at the Burgtheatre and in a film called Silhouette before coming to the U.S. in 1939. Here, she performed in a Broadway cabaret revue called From Vienna sponsored by Irving Berlin and George Kaufman. Beginning in 1947 and lasting for thirty-five years, she ran her own dance studio, CODA, in Washington D.C.