Dance archive to shutter

The Brea-based Academy of Dance on Film, a nonprofit arts organization that houses more than 2,000 dance videotapes, 1,500 magazines and 1,000 program books from films, stage musicals and dance companies, will shut its doors June 1 because of lack of funding.

Founded in 1999 in Hollywood by choreographer and author Larry Billman, the academy saw a large drop off in visitors after it moved to Brea in 2003, according to Billman. Also, requests for information have diminished because of the availability of materials on Google, Wikipedia and other Internet sites, he said.

Billman said Tuesday that he was working with various libraries to relocate the archival material. "It's not going to vanish, I vow," he said.

-- Chris Pasles

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