Guide to the Asian American Dance Performances collection CEMA 135

Finding aid prepared by Callie Bowdish, Janet Chen, and Suzanne Im, 2013.
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-9010
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2013 November 6

Title: Asian American Dance Performances collection
Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 135
Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 6.0 linear feet (7 boxes: 1 document box, 4 albums, 2 flat box)
Date (inclusive): ca. 1974-2006
Abstract: 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.
Physical Location: Del Norte
Language of Materials: The collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], Asian American Dance Performances archives, CEMA 135. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jennifer Banta of the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center of behalf of Asian American Dance Performances, October 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Callie Bowdish, Janet Chen, and Suzane Im 2013.

Administrative History

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.
Much of AADP dance expression grew from the roots of classic and traditional dance to develop greater inclusion in the mainstream forms of ballet and modern dance. A new era of multicultural activity re-examines the radical roots of tradition, including contemporary artists developing fusion forms, and challenging the boundaries of diversity that thrive within the Asian American landscape.
Adapted from: Asian American Dance Performances. (2008). Mission Statement. Retrieved from:

Scope and Content

The Asian American Dance Performances collection covers the years 1974 to 2006. The collection spans 3.5 linear feet within six boxes. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs from various dance performances. The collection also contains posters, exhibit pamphlets, DVDs, tape videos, newsletters, and informational material about the organization.
There are five series: Organization records, Miscellaneous, Photos, Posters, and Videos. The Organization records and Miscellaneous series include flyers, newsletters, organizational documents, programs and announcements and promotional materials. The photo series contains four albums with various photos from practices, performances, and other events. There are also photos highlighting individual performers. The Posters series has AADP posters and posters for specific performances. Some of the posters are by Nancy Hom. The videos series includes various performances, AADP's 30th and an interview.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Hom, Nancy
Asian American theater -- California -- San Francisco
Dance California


Organization records

Box 1, Folder 4


Box 1, Folder 2


Box 1, Folder 1


Box 1, Folder 6-7

Programs and announcements

Box 1, Folder 3

Promotional material



Box 1, Folder 5

30th marketing

Box 1, Folder 16

Framed watercolor

Box 1, Folder 13

Memorial document for Sachi

Box 1, Folder 12


Box 1, Folder 14


Box 1, Folder 17




Box 1, Folder 15

AADC rehearsal

Album 2 - 5

Performance photo albums 1974- 2006

Oversize 7

Miscellaneous matted photos

Box 1, Folder 8-10, 18

Miscellaneous photos, slides and negative



Box 1, Folder 11

AADP posters

Oversize 6

Performances posters



Item V5022/DVD

AADP 30th May 2004

General note

Item V5023/DVD

AADP promotional video September 2006

Item V5024/DVD

All day permanent red

General note

SPINE in collaboration with DanceParadigm
Item V5025/DVD

All day permanent red interview March 10, 2007

Item V5026/DVD

Asian American Dance Performances

Item V5027/DVD

Asian American Dance Performances Charya Burt

Item V5028/DVD

Beauty May 5, 2006

General note

Nguyen Dance Company
Item V5029/DVD

Chinawind dance and arts

Item V5030/DVD

Dance theater video

General note

Item V5031/DVD

DROP by Dandelion Dance Theater September 1, 2007

General note

CELLspace commissioned by the Gerbode Foh.
Item V5032/DVD

Drum collection of Kim, Yong-Bar

Item V5033/DVD

Jade Bracelet, dream of the red mansion, precious concubine March 24, 2005

General note

SF Main Library Diana Mina Chan
Item V5034/DVD

Performace (inner)views I-IV April 7, 2006

General note

Janessa Clark/Kliterboy
Item V5035/DVD

Stream/Fest 2006 2006

General note

Item V5036/DVD

Translations June 9, 2006

Item V5037/VHS

AADP tradewinds source tapes (tape 1) 2005

Item V5038/VHS

AADP tradewinds source tapes (tape 2) 2005

Item V5039/VHS

AADP tradewinds source tapes (tape 3) 2005

Item V5040/VHS

AADP tradewinds source tapes (tape 4) 2005

Item V5041/VHS

AADP translations 2005

Item V5042/VHS

Touch (Re-construction)

General note

Chorographed by Erin Okayama
Item V5043/BC

Unbound Spirit Dance Co.

General note

Cut 1 = Bad, grainy Cut 2 = usable
Item V5044/BC

Unbound Spirit Dance Co.

General note

Cut 1 = Bad, grainy Cut 2 = usable
Item V5045/DV

AADP tradewinds tape 1 clone May 26, 2005

Item V5046/DV

AADP tradewinds tape 2 clone May 26, 2005

Item V5047/DV

AADP tradewinds tape 3 clone May 27, 2005

Item V5048/DV

AADP tradewinds tape 4 clone May 27 & 28, 2005

Item V5049/DV

AADP tradewinds tape 5 clone May 28, 2005

Item V5050/DV

AADP tradewinds tape 6 clone

Item V5051/DV

AADP tradewinds interviews tape 7 clone

Item V5052/DV

AADP translations tape 1 clone June 17, 2005

Item V5053/DV

AADP translations tape 2 clone June 18, 2005

Item V5054/DV

Tape 1: party + last dance