forEva: A Tribute to the Baltimore Dance Theater

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forEva: A Tribute to the Baltimore Dance Theater


Maryland--Howard County
Modern dance.
African American dancers
African American business enterprises


forEva highlights the history of Baltimore’s longest-running professional Dance Company, the Baltimore Dance Theater. This online collection consists of selected audiovisual items in the Eva Anderson's Baltimore Dance Theater Collection (ca. 1970-2016) held by the Special Collections and Archives, University of Baltimore.

The Baltimore Dance Theatre was established in 1975 by dancers Orville Johnson and Maria Broom. The company was originally developed as a community arts program for students at Dunbar High School. In 1977, Eva Anderson took over the role of Artistic Director from Orville Johnson. In 1981, the company was incorporated as the non-profit Eva Anderson Dancers, Ltd. The company subsequently moved from Baltimore to Columbia, Maryland, where it took up residency at the Howard County Arts Council. The company performed at the Howard County Arts Council as well as at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The company toured domestically throughout Maryland as well as in Virginia, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and toured internationally to Germany, Austria, and Italy.

According to the Eva Anderson Dancers Ltd. 2004-2005 season program, the mission of Eva Anderson Dancers, Ltd. was to create and perpetuate American dance with a special emphasis African-American dance forms. The company’s repertoire included classical modern, classical ballet and classical African-American dance forms. It performed choreography by Eva Anderson and a variety of choreographers and composers. Members of the company took part in residencies in schools and taught public classes. Eva Anderson Dancers, Ltd. offered apprenticeship training for young professionals and developed performance opportunities for professional dance artists in Maryland.

Eva Anderson’s Baltimore Dance Theater provided a legacy of tradition and culture for many dancers in the city, who today consider it a springboard to their careers in modern dance. With funding from the Cultural Arts Program and other grants the ensemble provided opportunities for people living in underserved communities to train, display talents, and travel the world. Later, the dance theater moved to Howard County and continued to entertain the community.

Exhibit Credits:

The Special Collections & Archives would like to thank 2018-2019 intern, Deyane Moses, for her work curating the exhibit featuring materials she digitized from the Eva Anderson's Baltimore Dance Theater Collection.

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) student, Deyane Moses (BFA Photography with a concentration in curatorial studies class of 2019) completed her year-long internship working with Angela Koukoui and Laura Bell of the UB Special Collections and Archives. Ms. Moses also digitized materials and installed a contemporary art exhibit outside of University of Baltimore’s Wright Theater about the collection with the assistance of Ms. Koukoui.

The forEva: A Tribute to the Baltimore Dance Theater digital exhibit is an online extension of the Special Collections & Archives forEva exhibit that was on view at the Art Gallery next to the Wright Theater on the 5th floor of the University of Baltimore Student Center at 21 W. Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201.

The exhibit space was open to the public at UB in Spring 2019:

April 15 - May 20, 2019

Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Deyane would also like to thank the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Photo Department including the Chair Nate Larson, and Tech Manager Jefferson Steele, and MICA's Film Professor Allen Moore, for their assistance digitizing collection materials for this project. We also thank MICA's Friends of Photo Grant for their assistance to Deyane with the exhibition printing.


Digital Collection created by Deyane Moses (intern 2018-2019)


Eva Anderson's Baltimore Dance Theater Collection (R0163-BDT), the Special Collections and Archives, University of Baltimore.


circa 1970-2016


Use of the images in this digital collection/exhibit is governed by U.S. copyright law. The University of Baltimore Special Collections and Archives makes digital surrogates of collections accessible if they are in the public domain, the rights are owned by the University of Baltimore, the Special Collections and Archives has permission to make them accessible, or there are no known restrictions on use. Due to the nature of archival collections, rights information is not always discernible. The Special Collections and Archives is eager to hear from any rights owners wishing to provide accurate information. Upon request, material will be removed from view while a rights issue is addressed. Contact the Special Collections and Archives for more information regarding this image.


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36 digitized items; 25 metadata records