Grossman Dancer Creates Software
to Streamline Archiving Process.
The Danny Grossman Dance Company is preserving its own dance history, using the Performance History Database (PHD) program. PHD allows us quickly and accurately to catalogue performance details, including program dates, repertoire, casting, music, sponsor names and notes, as well as other important statistical information.
The program was developed by one of our own dancers, Eddie Kastrau. Originally conceived to organize our video library, we quickly discovered that having information about performances, repertoire, and dancers at our fingertips would allow us to complete many of our administrative tasks much more efficiently.
The program can assemble information for grant applications and surveys, determine royalty payments for choreographers, designers and composers, locate videotapes and programs for our dancers, look at past programming for a particular city, region, or country to determine programs for upcoming tours, in fact, access any information about our artistic activities that we might need.
Now in its third, most advanced version, Performance History Database is being used by several other dance companies, including Dancemakers, Toronto Dance Theatre, Canadian Children's Dance Theatre, the Collective of Black Artists (COBA), and the American Dance Legacy Institute.