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About DanceNet

Many members of dance community in Seattle have fond memories of the original DanceNet, which was a free monthly publication that first appeared in the city in December 1992. The founding editors were KT Niehoff, Kara O'Toole and A.C. Peterson, with Wendy Quesenberry providing her expertise in graphic design and layout.

From its first edition, the newsletter included a calendar of events for the month, a guide to venues and rehearsal spaces, upcoming grant deadlines, classified ads, and featured articles. Each front cover displayed the "Dance Babe of the Month", and featured many of the pioneers and inspirers of dance in Seattle. Publication continued for a number of years, and an informal online calendar was set up.

In February 2004, On the Boards hosted a gathering of dance artists, students and advocates, in and around Seattle, to share ideas and concerns and take stock of the state of the local dance community. From the discussions of the sixty or so participants at this Seattle Dance Forum a common theme arose: that the community wanted more ways to communicate, both between members of the community and with the outside world about the innovative and lively work being created here in Seattle. And the repeated question was "can we have DanceNet back?"

At the end of the Forum, a group of volunteers undertook to look at reviving DanceNet through the existing website, expanding the calendar, creating a listserve for community members, and providing a mixture of resource information and articles of interest to the dance community, in much the same way as the original publication had done. The result of more than a year's work, meetings, and discussions is presented in this site.

The current DanceNet team is grateful to the three co-editors of 1992 for giving us the inspiration to create this site, and also to all those who sustained DanceNet over the years, and are now guiding our efforts.

We hope that this site will remain true to the spirit of the original, and will continue to provide a valued service to Seattle dance artists and their supporters.

Thanks to the DanceNet committee who have donated their time and efforts into setting up this site.
  • Content provided by Corrie Befort, Andre Bouchard, Laura Curry, Beth Graczyk, Sandi Kurtz, Erin Mitchell, Caroline Renard, Sean Ryan, Michèle Steinwald, Beth Schlansky, Tim Summers. Edited by Caroline Renard.
  • Calendar program provided and maintained by Robert Stumberger.
  • DanceNet logo provided by Wendy Quesenberry at Golden Lasso.
  • Images provided by Tim Summers.
  • Coding and layout by Caroline Renard.
  • Thanks to Andrew Adamyk and Jaime Waliczek for technical advice.
  • Web hosting at Tiger Technologies, provided by Tim Summers.
Thanks also to all those other members of the Seattle Dance Community who gave us advice and suggestions.
We hope that you will continue to support our community through using this website.