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Finding aid for the Don Bondi collection of dance programs and publications

Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein, 2012 June

Summary Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
Bondi, Don
Don Bondi collection of dance programs and publications
Collection no.
1.42 Linear feet, 2 boxes
Programs from performances of ballet, modern dance, and musicals; pamphlets and journal offprints discussing dance and dancers.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Don Bondi collection of dance programs and publications, Collection no. 6010, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical note

Don Bondi is a dancer based in Los Angeles. A USC graduate, he was a lead dancer with the Gloria Newman and Bella Lewitzky dance companies, a choreographer, and a lecturer in dance and theatre at USC in the 1970s. In 2012 he donated his collection of books on dance to the USC Libraries. These programs were part of that donation.

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Scope and contents

Programs from performances of ballet, modern dance, and musicals; pamphlets and journal offprints discussing dance and dancers.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2012 June
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


Gift of Don Bondi, March 2012.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Periodicals
  • Programs

Personal Name(s)

  • Bondi, Don -- Archives


  • Ballet companies--Archival resources
  • Dance companies--Archival resources
  • Musicals--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Dance programs 

Box Folder

 Ballet Theatre, Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles 1954 February 

1 1

 New York City Ballet, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles 1954 July 19-31 

1 2

 Alexandra Danilova, Royce Hall Auditorium, UCLA 1954 October 28 

Box Folder

 London's Festival Ballet, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles 1954 December 29, 30, 31 

1 3

 New York City Ballet, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles 1955 August 1-13 

1 4

 Katherine Dunham, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles 1955 August 

Box Folder

 Carmen Amaya and Her Company, Huntington Hartford Theatre, Hollywood 1955 December 

1 5

 Ballet programs from the Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles 1955, 1958 

1 6

 Bolshoi Ballet, "Giselle", film program 1956 

1 7

 American Ballet Theatre, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles 1957 August 26-September 7 

1 8

 Moiseyev Dance Company, Shrine Auditorium 1958 May 

Box Folder

 Les Ballets de Paris, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles 1958 July 14-19 

1 9

 Martha Graham Dance Company, Fifty Fourth Street Theatre, New York City 1965 November 

1 10

 Martha Graham Dance Company, Royce Hall Auditorium, UCLA 1966 November 

Box Folder

 UCLA Dance Film Series 1966 

1 11

 Royal Ballet, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles 1967 June 30-July4 

1 12

 Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, London 1970, 1971, 1976 

1 13

 Then...The Early Years of Modern Dance, The Repertory Dance Theatre circa 1980 

Box Folder

 Tschaikovsky festival, New York City Ballet 1981 

1 14

 Flamenco Puro, Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City 1986 October 

1 15

 Joffrey Ballet, City Center Theater, New York City 1986 October 16-November 16 

1 16

 Tango Argentina, Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles 1986 

1 17

 Martha Graham Dance Company, City Center Theater, New York City 1987 October 

1 18

 Royal Ballet, Shrine Auditorium 1987 November 13-18 

1 19

 National Ballet of Canada 1987-1988 Season 1987 

1 20

 Nomura Kyogen Theater U.S. Tour 1992 September  


 The Peony Pavilion, Lincoln Center Festival 1999 July 

Box Folder

 "Nijinsky", The Hamburg Ballet, Orange County Performing Arts Center 2004 February 12 

1 21

 Eiko and Koma, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts circa 2010 


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Series 2:  Periodicals 

Box Folder

 Educational Dance 1938, 1940, 1941 

1 22

 Focus on Dance VI: Ethnic and Recreational Dance 1972 

1 23

 Dance Magazine portfolios 1974 

Scope and Content

"New Dance", "Frederick Ashton", "Frederic Franklin".

1 24

 Luis Covarrubias, Mexican Native Dances 

1 25

 Ballet Review 1982 February 

1 26

 American Dance Festival, The Aesthetic and Cultural Significance of Modern Dance 1984 

1 27

 Talking Drums! The Black Dance Newsletter (vol. 1 no. 3) 1989 November 

Box Folder

 American Dance Festival, The Black Tradition in American Modern Dance 1990 

1 28

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Series 3:  Musicals programs and souvenirs 

Box Folder

 Philharmonic Auditorium 1948-1959 

1 29

 "Mary Martin in 'Annie Get Your Gun'" souvenir book circa 1950 

1 30

 Biltmore Theatre 1955, 1959, 1960 

1 31

 Puppet musical comedies, Turnabout Theatre, Los Angeles circa 1955 


 Paris, Toujours! Frank Sennes' Moulin Rouge circa 1956 

Box Folder

 "Candide", UCLA and Community Civic Music Association of Los Angeles 1958 November 5 

1 32

 Los Angeles Civic Light Opera at the Philharmonic Auditorium 1958, 1960 

1 32

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Series 4:  Other publications and dance resources 


 Japanese dance 

Scope and Content

Includes programs and related publications on Gagaku, Bunraku, Kabuki; a course syllabus for "Theatre of the Far East" (school unidentified); and a translation of "Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy".


 "The Manchu Dragon: Costumes of the Ch'Ing Dynasty" (Metropolitan Museum of Art) 1980-1981 


 Information packet for Yvonne Georgi and Harald Kreutzberg undated 


 Nijinsky and Diaghilev 1970s-1990s, undated 

Scope and Content

Clippings, programs, newsletters.


 Denishawn 1920s-1960s 

Scope and Content

Programs, journals, brochures for Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, and Denishawn.


 The Joffrey Ballet: An American Classic circa 1988 

Scope and Content

Inscribed to Bondi from Gerald Arpino.


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