Founders

Heather Castillo
Heather Castillo
Assistant Professor of Performing Arts CSU Channel Islands
Tracey Bonner
Tracey Bonner
Dance Director/Assistant Professor of Dance at Northern Kentucky University
About
Co-founders Tracey and Heather attended graduate school at UC Irvine together. During their tenure, both felt their experiences as professionals in the fields of commercial dance were not valid. They were asked to align their art with a lens prescribed for concert dance. Yes, they both were admitted to the school, and both received opportunities and accolades, yet unconscious bias often framed how their contributions were viewed. Their artistic voice, and the voices of commercial artists are devalued, marginalized, under-represented, and misunderstood. The mission of CDHA is to correct the information gap that exists in the history of American dance to include the voices of commercial dance artists. Reaching back to the Golden Age of Broadway and Movie Musicals continuing to contemporary venues of Broadway, Film, Cruise Ships, Vegas, Industrials, and the various forums dancers and choreographers practice and share their art. This is a triad of goals: Documenting, the Oral Histories Project. Collecting the voices of the past and present. Defining, understanding the unique lens commercial dance should be assessed and viewed. Validating, creating a lens to assess commercial masters and masterworks to be able to recognize great contributions to the field.

Oral Histories Project