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Chicago National Association of Dance Masters records

Identifier: Dance-MS-CNADM

Scope and Content of the Collection

Programs issued for the annual Normal School and Convention of the CNADM, held every summer in a Chicago venue. Early Directories include list of board of directors, members, attendees, committees, dance notation taught, photographs of board, faculty, and occasionally group pictures of the previous year’s convention attendees. Then the Directories (and Prospectuses, later called Programs, containing faculty biographies and advertisements) were divided from the dance notation books. Names varied, but generally there were 1- or 2-week sessions, workshops, and the actual convention held every summer. The organization began videotaping and making available workshop footage starting in 1992. Beginning in 2014, the Dance Notes were made available electronically.

Some program books were culled from other Newberry dance collections: Kehl School of Dance, Zwiefka, Adele Artinian (The studio in Milwaukee where Ann Barzel taught classes), Joyce Lang. Some include inserts and annotations from the previous owners.

See also Ann Barzel Dance Research collection for programs, brochures, clippings, newsletters, and some administrative material.

Materials have been digitized and are available online. Commercially produced music on compact discs in this collection is under copyright, and not available for listening or downloading.


  • Creation: 1925-ongoing



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Chicago National Association of Dance Masters are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Audiovisual recordings in this collection have been digitized and are available online. Access to the original audiovisual items is restricted.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Chicago National Association of Dance Masters are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

History of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters

From the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters website: The Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM) was formed on August 15, 1912 and incorporated as a non-profit educational organization by the State of Illinois in 1913. Its stated aim was to establish and maintain the highest standards of dance education and business integrity. Its main mission was “to perfect and build and organization of Dancing Teachers in the city of Chicago.”

There were ten members present at the first CNADM meeting held at Frank L. Oleson's Dancing Academy. From those humble beginnings has grown a nationally recognized organization with members throughout the United States and Canada.

Faculty have included Marion Freeman, Berenice Holmes, Leo Kehl, Edna Lucille Baum, Diana Huebert, Senor Angel Cansino, Ruth Pryor, Harriet Lundgren, Dorothie Littlefield, Elisa Stigler, Bobby Rivers, Ann Barzel (1947), Walter Camryn (1951), Alan Howard (1955), Gus Giordano (1958), Robert Joffrey (1963), Maria Tallchief (1967), Patricia Klekovic (1982), Christine DuBoulay (1985), Dolores Lipinski (1985), Claire Bataille (1994), and Larry Long (1994).


10 Linear Feet (25 boxes and 1 record carton)

2 Linear Feet (all audiovisual material)


The Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM) was founded in 1912 and serves as a resource of continuing education for dance teachers and their students. Records include workshop reports, dance notes, and audiovisual recordings of CNADM workshops.


Materials arranged chronologically.

Collection Stack Location

3a 45 5


Gift, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, 1994-ongoing.

Processed by

Alison Hinderliter, 2016.

Inventory of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters Records, 1925-ongoing
Analú Maria López
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2023-03-22: Audiovisual materials have been permanently removed from the collection for preservation. Access to the original items is restricted.

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States