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Joan Brown Papers

Identifier: D065


This collection contains materials gathered by Joan Brown. The materials relate to her education at the University of Utah and the University of Colorado, her teaching career with the Denver Public Schools, and her time as Assistant Director of the Denver Public Schools Shakespeare Festival.


  • 1957-1996


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Biographical / Historical

Joan Brown is a past Board president of the Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library. She earned a BS in Dance Education from the University of Utah and an MA in Dance from the University of Colorado. Joan taught dance in the Denver Public Schools for 32 years, primarily at the high school level. Always a strong advocate for the arts in Colorado schools, she helped write curriculum for the Denver Public Schools Dance guide, K-6 integrated Arts Curriculum and the Colorado Department of Education State Arts Plan. Joan assisted the Director of the DPS Shakespeare Festival, and was also dance coordinator for the event. While teaching, Joan choreographed and costumed some 50 musical productions for DPS students. She taught at the Children’s Dance Theatre with director Vera Sears at University of Denver Lamont School of Music and was co-owner and teacher at the School of Modern Dance. Joan was a founding member and Board President of Colorado Contemporary Dance that brought noted professional modern/contemporary dance companies to perform in Denver such as Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp and Dance Theatre of Harlem. As part of the National Endowment for the Arts-Artist-in-Residence, she conducted residencies in Missouri and Ohio for nine years as well as four years as an Artist in Residence for the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities. She has served on Boards of Colorado Dance Alliance, Colorado Association for Health, Physical Education and Dance and Colorado Alliance for Arts Education, among others. Joan trained, mostly in the summers, with notable professional dancers such as Merce Cunningham, Hanya Holm, Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis. In 2010 she was honored as a “Living Legends of Dance” by the Carson-Brierly Dance Library.


3.25 Linear Feet (4 containers)

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photos, education materials, correspondence, clippings, programs, notes, notebooks, posters, and teaching materials.


This collection is arranged in 5 series: Photos, Education Materials, Denver Public School Materials, Denver Public School Shakespeare Festival, and Arts Organizations.

Related Materials

Joan Brown is a 2010 Living Legends of Dance. Her interview has been placed in: Friends of Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library 'Living Legends of Dance' Oral Histories (D009.09.0003.0007).

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Repository Details

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