The Asian American Dance Performances collection spans the years 1974 to 2006. The collection consists of posters, exhibit
pamphlets, DVD and videotapes, photographs and informational material about the organization.
Asian American Dance Performances (AADP) is the oldest Asian American dance organization in the United States and the world.
Formerly known as the Asian American Dance Collective (AADC), it formed in 1974 in response to the civil rights activism and
racial tensions of the time, aiming to change the perception and participation of the Asian American diaspora in dance performance.
AADC provided low fee dance classes in the San Francisco Bay Area to promote an interest in and appreciation of dance in local
Asian American communities. The organization also created a supportive environment for Asian American artists to teach, choreograph,
and perform. In 1982, AADC formed a resident dance company called Unbound Spirit. Asian American Dance Collective became Asian
American Dance Performances (AADP) in 1992 due to a new understanding of the organisation's purpose. The organization now
focuses on supporting Asian American artists and arts administrators to enable Asian Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area
to express, interpret, and articulate their cultural heritage and experiences through dance. It also serves as a clearing
house for Asian American dancers to receive information and to network with other Asian American dance artists.
6.0 linear feet
(7 boxes: 1 document box, 4 albums, 2 flat box)
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