DHC Staff


Libby Smigel
Executive Director
MFA PhD

1111 16th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036-4830
Email: lsmigel [at] danceheritage [dot] org
Phone: 202.223.8392

Libby Smigel was confirmed as Executive Director of the Dance Heritage Coalition in November 2009, after stepping in as Acting Executive Director in July 2009. Smigel served as the DHC's Project Director, during which time she led a project to define best practices of applying the Copyright Act's fair use doctrine in essential preservation work, programs, and services of dance archives, libraries, and museums. (Publication is available as a booklet and PDF.) She also coordinated a Save America's Treasures grant to assist endangered dance company archives. Earlier, as a freelance consultant, Smigel worked on the DHC traveling exhibition "America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: The First 100" and drafted the DHC booklet "Documenting Dance: A Practical Guide."

Smigel has taught undergrad and graduate courses in drama, dance, and English at an array of higher education institutions, including American University, George Washington University, the University of Maryland, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, York University, and Rochester Institute of Technology. She is an active dance researcher and editor. Most recently, she has been actively involved in the development of reference publications. She is co-editing a two-volume series on Icons of American Dance, has contributed entries on dance figures for the Dictionary of American Biography, and was consulted on the antiquity entries for the International Encyclopedia of Dance. She currently serves as Area Chair for Dance and Culture for the American Culture Association and the Popular Culture Association (PCA/ACA), for which she also sits on the board of directors, and she served on the first board of directors of the Society of Dance History Scholars.

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Imogen  Smith
Project Manager
MLIS

Imogen is based in New York City but can be reached by mail at the national office:
1111 16th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036-4830
Email: ismith [at] danceheritage [dot] org
Phone: 202.223.8393

Imogen Smith became Project Manager for the Dance Heritage Coalition in January 2011. Since joining the DHC she has managed a wide assortment of grant-funded projects, working directly with dance companies to improve the condition of their archival holdings, directing the creation of the online exhibition America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures, and providing oversight for the student fellowship program. She represents the DHC at conferences in the fields of dance and archives, and contributes articles on issues in archiving, preservation and dance heritage to scholarly journals and publications of professional associations. Smith is a member of the Society of American Archivists.

She previously served as Archival Consultant for the DHC's Dance Archives Assessment Project, visiting New York-based dance companies and reporting on the scope and preservation/access needs of their archives. From 2011-2013 she coordinated oral history projects and archival audio processing for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library. She has also served as a consultant for the Dance Notation Bureau, creating a manual for their online catalogue, and from 2003-2009 she worked as a cataloguer for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, processing large archival collections of film and video. During this time she was a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. Previous jobs included cataloguing artworks at the Morgan Library & Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. Smith earned her Master's in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in 2002.

She is also the author of two books on film history, Buster Keaton: The Persistence of Comedy and In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City. Her writing on film has appeared in Moving Image Source, The Believer, Bright Lights Film Journal, Alt Screen, and other film and culture publications, and she has written about art for The Threepenny Review and for gallery exhibition catalogues. She has lectured and moderated symposia at the New York Public Library, the Lancaster Museum of Art, and the Popular Culture Association annual conferences of 2012 and 2013. She has studied ballet, modern and ballroom dance, and continues to dance as a hobby.

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Ilsa  Bush
Coordinator of Special Projects

1111 16th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036-4830
Email: ibush [at] danceheritage [dot] org

Ilsa Bush is Coordinator of Special Projects for the Dance Heritage Coalition. She collects data and information for grant submissions and other DHC uses, coordinates projects with partnerships, drafts and edits proposal materials, and facilitates project progress as needed. She also teaches dance at the George Washington University and Joy of Motion Dance Center. Bush received her B.A. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Arizona State University. She practiced law in Arizona and Washington, DC.

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Supriya  Wronkiewicz
Finding Aids Coordinator

Email: supriya [at] mpdsf [dot] org

Supriya Wronkiewicz has worked for the Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) since October 2011. She was a Fellow for DHC, working with the archives of the Joe Goode Performance Group, where she generated an inventory of the records, photographs, audiovisual materials, and other artifacts. Along with the inventory for Joe Goode Performance Group, she generated finding aids and encoded them in EAD for ingest into the DHC's Finding Aids Database. Supriya has encoded several other finding aids for the DHC as well as other institutions. Alongside her work as the Finding Aid Coordinator at the DHC, she is working with the DHC Digitization Hub and assisting with related outreach efforts. Supriya currently works for DHC member institution the Museum of Performance + Design as the archivist for the San Francisco Ballet Archives. Within the context of this position, she collaborates with San Francisco Ballet staff on records management initiatives and content management. Supriya is actively involved with the Society of American Archivists and the Society of California Archivists. Past professional experience includes positions at the Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University, African American Museum and Library in Oakland, and the Giannini Foundation Library, University of California, Berkeley. She holds a certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists, a Master of Library and Information Science with an emphasis in Archival Studies from San Jose State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois.

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Johanna  Seltzer
Website Administrator

1111 16th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036-4830
Email: jseltzer [at] danceheritage [dot] org

Johanna Seltzer is DHC's Website Administrator, coordinating several aspects of DHC's website upgrade. Seltzer brings a wealth of experience in technology project management and internet communications, recently working for diverse organizations such as Dance/USA, Balance Interactive, and River's Edge Yoga. Seltzer has a BA in Dance from the University of Maryland, and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management from American University. In 2007, she left her Project Director position at Dance/MetroDC (a local service organization for the regional dance community) to work as a contractor in technology, communications, and finance.

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DHC Video Digitization Hubs

Alex Champion
Email: ax [dot] champion [at] gmail [dot] com
Alex Champion joined the Dance Heritage Coalition staff in July, 2014. He serves as Preservation Hub Manager in Washington, D.C. where he co-conducts digitization and preservation outreach in support of the DHC's mission. He holds a BA in history and an MLIS specializing in archives both from the University of Wisconsin--Madison.

Bleakley McDowell
Email: danceheritageNYC [dot] outreach [at] gmail [dot] com
Bleakley McDowell is an archivist, musician and media-maker currently finishing a masters degree at NYU in archival work.

Gordon Chadwick
Email: gchadwick10 [at] gmail [dot] com
Gordon Chadwick has been working with the Dance Heritage Coalition since July 2014. He serves as a Preservation Hub Manager in Washington D.C., performing audiovisual conservation and preservation services in support of the DHC's Secure Media Network. He holds a B.A. in History from Rhodes College and an M.A. in History from the University of New Orleans.

Gregory Lisi
Email: gregorylisidhc [at] gmail [dot] com
Greg Lisi has been working as an A/V specialist processing and preserving moving image dance archival collections for over a decade at the Performing Arts research branch of the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center. He has a fine arts degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with extensive experience working with both analog and digital media and equipment.

Henry Borchers

Supriya Wronkiewicz
Email: supriya [at] mpdsf [dot] org
Supriya Wronkiewicz has worked for Dance Heritage Coalition since October 2011 with various projects and joined the Digitization Hub Project in September 2013. She also works with member institution the Museum of Performance + Design as the archivist for San Francisco Ballet.

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