Purdue University Division of Dance Collection
Scope and Contents
- 1925 - 2012
- Majority of material found within 2008 - 2012
Language of Materials
Copyright and Use Information
In 1979 the Purdue modern dance club changed its name to the Purdue Repertory Dance Company and held its performance in Fowler Hall. Since 1983, the dance company has collaborated with various Purdue departments such as the Light and Sound Design Technology programs of the Theater Division within Creative Arts/Visual and Performance Arts. In 1989 the modern dance minor was implemented at Purdue University. Additional DANC course offerings were added to the curriculum at the time in dance improvisation, fundamentals of dance composition, choreography, dance appreciation and production/performance practicum. Courses in the dance discipline were also added to the College of Liberal Arts aesthetic awareness core curriculum requirement.
In 1991 the dance courses and the student dance company, Purdue Repertory Dance Company, were administratively transferred to the Creative Arts Department and called the Division of Dance. The two dance studios remained on the 3rd floor of Lambert Gym. At the same time the Creative Arts Department changed its name to Visual and Performing Arts Department. Since the implementation of the dance minor the faculty and students have focused on dance composition/choreography as their “research” area and have received numerous recognition awards at the American College Dance Regional Festival adjudication concerts. In 1996 and 1998 faculty works were selected for performance at the national ACDF Gala concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
In Fall 2002, faculty and students began collaborating on dance Technology performances using motion graphics and motion capture technology. Collaborators worked closely with Purdue’s Envision Center for Data Perceptualization. Currently dance faculty create technology inspired work with faculty and students from the Electronic Time Based Art program in the Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts.
In the fall of 2003 the Division of Dance physically moved out of the constrained Lambert Gym teaching space and began conducting classes in two new dance studios in Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts. Performances are held in the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre and the Dance Studio Theatre. In recognition of their contributions of $200,000 and $5 million respectively, a gallery in Pao Hall and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts were named in Honor of Patti and Rusty Rueff.
In 2009 the Purdue Repertory Dance Company changed its name to Purdue Contemporary Dance Company.
In 2011, the Liaison Librarian for Dance and the Data Services Specialist met with the Division of Dance faculty. During this initial meeting, the Dance faculty expressed an interest in preserving and sharing their creative output with others. Over time an opportunity arose to not only display the research of the Division of Dance but to also construct a Purdue Libraries “digital humanities template”: an immersive web presence to be used across multiple disciplines within Purdue University.
In early 2012, construction of a digital dance history began. The project involved multiple stakeholders across the Libraries as well as faculty from the Division of Dance. The aim of the project was two-fold: first, to create an online retrospective showcasing the cultural history of concert dance at Purdue from 1931-2011; second, to research the process of creating digital humanities projects within Purdue University Libraries. In order to complete this task, a sampling of concert dance history and research was integrated into a website.
The site was launched in June 2012 after four months of collaboration and development. The result, “Curiosity + Collaboration = Choreographic Expression,” includes a mixed media archival collection, original video compositions, and faculty interviews. The project resulted in a better understanding of digital humanities utilization within Purdue Libraries. More importantly, the immersive online presence promotes the history and scholarly research of the Division of Dance on a global scale.
"Curiosity Collaboration = Choreographic Expression: A History of Concert Dance at Purdue University 1931-2011." https://dance.lib.purdue.edu
1.762 Cubic Feet (Three flat boxes)
312.00 Gigabytes : Digital folder contains files transferred from CD-R and DVD-R to Archives server.
0.025 Cubic Feet (Communal digital media box) : Folder in communal digital media box contains 10 CD-R and DVD-R discs and 1 digital video cassette.
Physical Access Information
Material from the Digital Video Cassette, has not been transferred to the archives server. Please contact Purdue University Archives and Special Collections for more information.
Method of Acquisition
- Color photographs
- Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
- Dance (discipline)
- Dance (performing arts genre)
- Dance Companies
- Digital images
- Digital moving image formats
- Performing Arts (discipline)
- Purdue Contemporary Dance Company
- Purdue Repertory Dance Company
- Purdue University
- Purdue University. College of Liberal Arts. Division of Dance
- Purdue University. Modern Dance Club
- Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts (West Lafayette, Ind.)
- Purdue University Division of Dance Collection
- Amanda J. Rumba, Carly Dearborn, Stephen Horrocks, Margaret Sheble
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Edition statement
- Fourth edition. Collection description was first completed by Margaret Sheble in April 2015.