Susan Braun preserved what were thought to be inherently fleeting experiences when, in 1956, she founded Dance Films Association to support, promote, and archive films of dance performances. Braun trained as a visual artist at the Parsons School of Design and the Art Students League before turning her interest to dance. From 1949–1953 she studied Isadora Duncan’s dance technique under Anita Zahn. In 1950 she also began working with Daniel Livingston at the New York Dance Films Society, eventually becoming co-director. The Society was devoted to showing the few dance films available at the time, mostly 16-millimeter Russian ballet movies. When the organization folded, Braun founded Dance Films Association as a resource for makers of dance films, with a newsletter, a comprehensive catalogue of dance films, and an annual competitive film festival called Dance on Camera—the first film festival exclusively for dance, begun in 1971. The Association helped create a cohesive community of dance filmmakers and film lovers, generating interest and support for this new cinematic genre.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Susan Braun." (Viewed on March 4, 2021) <https://jwa.org/people/braun-susan>.