Person NameAssociation of Dance and Mime Artists (ADMA); 1976-1985
Corporate NameAssociation of Dance and Mime Artists (ADMA)
Other Forms Of NameADMA
HistoryThe Association of Dance and Mime Artists (ADMA) (1976-1985) sought to educate key people within major funding bodies about British New Dance. It pressed for funding of experimental dance companies and for grants to allow choreographers to explore new ideas and create new work that might not reach performance level. A national membership organisation with a steering committee based in London, ADMA played a key role in the increase in funding for small projects and small dance groups, the appointment of the first Dance Officer at the Greater London Arts Association (GLAA) in 1977, and GLAA's granting of dance fellowships in 1978.

ADMA held two festivals, in 1977 and 1978, and a Day of Dance in July 1981. The 1977 festival was one of the first major dance festivals in the UK. Both years, the festival was open to anyone, resulting in widely varying standards of performance, which received a great deal of criticism.

Key people associated with ADMA were Fergus Early, Julie Eaglen, Irene Fawkes, Michael Huxley, Jenny Mann, Richard Mansfield, Virginia Taylor, Chris Thompson, and Sue Davies. For most of its life, ADMA received no funding and people worked on a voluntary basis. In 1982 ADMA received a three-year grant from the Gulbenkian Foundation to employ Irene Fawkes as a part-time administrator.
SourceDescription derived from the ADMA collection level description, September 2020.
AD/E/1/8Mailing Lists1982
AD/E/2/2Bank Details1978-1986
AD/E/3/1Community Arts and Youth Centres1975-1976
AD/E/1/6Choreographers Committee1981-1985
AD/E/1/10Day of Dance 19841984
AD/E/3/9Greater London Arts Association1977-1984
EM/E/8/1ADMA & SSMC1982-1984
AD/E/1/9Courses and Conferences1977-1984
AD/E/1/5Midlands ADMA Organising Committee1983-1984
AD/E/1/1Meeting Minutes1981-1983
AD/E/3/4Arts Council of Great Britain \ Glory of the Garden, The1972-1977
AD/E/1/2ADMA and SSMC \ 1982-19831982-1983
AD/E/1/3North West ADMA1983-1984
AD/E/2/5Small Scale Dance Companies \ 11979-1981
AD/E/2/6Small Scale Dance Companies \ 21977-1983
ED/E/15/7Arts Associations and Organisations \ Association of Dance and Mime Artists (ADMA)1976
ED/E/20/1Arts Associations and Organisations \ Small Scale Dance Companies Management Committee (SSMC/ADMA) \ 1979-1981 \ 11979-1983
ED/E/20/2Arts Associations and Organisations \ Small Scale Dance Companies Management Committee (SSMC/ADMA) \ 1979-1981 \ 21979-1982
ED/E/103/5Touring \ British \ Southsea Kings Theatre 1985-19861984-1986
XZP/83Association of Dance and Mime Artists1979-1983
EM/E/14/3Overseas Enquiries from EMMA1978-1984
JS/E/40/4SSMC / ADMA1982-1984
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