About Us

Founded in 1972,The Dance Archive is a special collecting area with the University of Denver’s Special Collections and Archive.


To be the most comprehensive and significant dance resource center in the American West.

To advance education and engagement with resources across all genres of dance and movement.
  • Documentation
  • Preservation & Access
  • Interpretation/Education
StaffOur Team

Kate Crowe

Curator of Special Collections and Archives
Kate Crowe is Curator of Special Collections and Archives, which includes oversight for the Dance Archive, at the University of Denver. Kate oversees the acquisition and curation of collections, as well as all instruction, reference, and outreach for the department. Kate's research interests include: gaps and silences in the historical record, exhibitions as archival outreach, and critical pedagogy utilizing primary sources.
Nathalie Proulx

Nathalie Proulx DeSalvo

Reference Archivist
Nathalie Proulx DeSalvo is the Archivist of The Dance Archive at the University of Denver. Nathalie works with the community to provide reference services, acquire and process archival collections, and create educational exhibitions and documentaries through archival research and materials.

Nancy Clark

Community Relations Manager
Nancy Clark is the Community Relations Manager for University Libraries at the University of Denver. Nancy oversees events for external audiences that take place in the Academic Commons, and works with volunteers, donors and friends of the library.

Woody Colahan

Music and Performing Arts Librarian
Ellwood Colahan holds a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance, an M.A. in Music Theory, and an M.L.I.S. in Library Science, all from the University of Denver, where he now serves as Music and Performing Arts Reference Librarian and teaches a graduate music bibliography course under a separate adjunct appointment. His research interests are varied; he has presented nationally and regionally on the bibliography of classical guitar repertoire, on gamified library and classroom instruction, on diversification in academic music library collections, and on issues in contemporary Balinese gamelan music. Before receiving his appointment at DU, Mr. Colahan taught classical guitar and guitar ensemble at Adams State University, Colorado State University (Pueblo), Pikes Peak Community College, and Pueblo Community College. Mr. Colahan serves as media review editor for Soundboard Scholar, a peer-reviewed journal of guitar studies. He is Program Director of the Denver Chapter of the American Recorder Society, and served from 1993-96 as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in the West African nation of Guinea. Mr. Colahan lives in Denver with his wife, Ni Nyoman Erawati, and their two children.

The Board

Joan Brown

Christin Crampton Day

Kathi Crum

Ann Hunt

Joanna Lamb

Nancy McElroy

Sandra Minton

Michael Ritchie

Sheila Sharpe

Rhetta Shead

Marlo Wagner

Julia Wilkinson-Manley

Margaret Ziehm

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