Records of the Greg Reynolds Dance Quintet, 1969-1984

Records of the Greg Reynolds Dance Quintet, 1969-1984

Finding Aid

Collection No. 22 (5.75 Linear ft.)
D.C. Community Archives


Greg Reynolds donated the records of the Quintet in 1986.


Greg Reynolds, a native of Anacostia, trained in the District with Erika Thimey and Batya Heller. He earned a B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York and received a scholarship to study with Alvin Ailey, specializing in liturgical dance. From 1973-1976, he was a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company and traveled throughout the United States and Europe.

In 1976, he founded the Greg Reynolds Quintet, a multi-ethnic modern dance company that had its initial performance in Moscow. The Quintet, which lasted until 1984, engaged in a variety of performances, including concerts-in-the-schools, workshops, liturgical dance, and public service events in local, national, and international venues. Mr. Reynolds was also associate choreographer for the Omega Liturgical Dance Company.

Throughout his dance career, Reynolds was particularly active and interested in bringing dance and the arts to students. In the District, he worked with Meridian House International, the DC Public Library, DC Public Achools, and local arts organizations to bring dance to local students. He also taught and conducted a workshop titled “dance conversations” with the Quintet in many U.S. cities in the 1970s.

In 1981, he was appointed for a three-year term to the D.C. Commission on the Arts.

Processing Procedures

General processing procedures consisted of discarding duplicates, unnecessary binders, and routine transmittals. Oversized documents were removed from the original location in their assigned series and placed in separate containers. Separation sheets were inserted in the original location within the folder to indicate the new location of any records placed elsewhere. Preservation copying of newspaper clippings was performed whenever feasible.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains performance programs, playbills, flyers, press releases, newspaper clippings, musical scores, correspondence, and administrative records primarily of the Greg Reynolds Quintet. Also included are personal correspondence, memorabilia, and other personal items of Gregory Reynolds.

Related Collections

See Martin Petersilia Collection, Collection 16.   

Series Descriptions

Series I:  Publicity, .50 linear ft. (1972-1982)

The series consists of newsclippings, press releases, publicity flyers, and some programs regarding the Quintet’s performances.   Much of the series consists of clippings with performance reviews. Folders are arranged chronologically.

Series II:  Tour Files, l linear ft. (1979-1984)

The series contains correspondence, background materials, handwritten notes, schedules, applications, and other administrative records which document preparations for national and international tours as well as and special metropolitan Washington, D.C. dance performance series.  Tours and performances range from the Glen Echo Park Summer Dance Festival to a Carnegie Recital Hall performance, Australian Tour, and several dance workshops conducted in the U.S. Midwest. The folders are arranged alphabetically by tour name.

Series III:  Administrative Records, 1.25 linear ft. (1979-1983)

The series includes correspondence, proposals, grant records, financial records, handwritten notes, drafts, clippings, dancer resumes, the Lansburgh site lease, press releases, and other administrative records which document the Quintet’s business and artistic operations. As the administrative director for the Quintet, Martin Petersilia was responsible for much of this documentation. 

Correspondence, notes, and a variety of miscellaneous documents found in the collection were arranged chronologically and placed in this series during processing to facilitate research. Also included are records from the Omega Liturgical Dance Company, for which Greg Reynolds was the associate choreographer from the mid-1970s until the early 1980s.

Series IV: Performance Programs, 1 linear ft. (1969-1975)    

The series consists primarily of performance programs, playbills, and publicity flyers of the Greg Reynolds Dance Quintet as well as other local D.C. dance performances. It also contains press releases and press packets for performances.  

Series V:  Personal items, .50 linear ft. (1966-1980)

The series contains personal items of Greg Reynolds, including materials regarding his appointment to the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, personal letters, notes, and a diary excerpt.  

Series VI:  Meridian House International, .50 linear ft. (1978-1979)

These records indicate that Mr. Reynolds was a staff member at Meridian House International in the late 1970s.  Most of the records document activities at Meridian House International during Japan Today, an international cultural program that traveled to D.C. and took place from April-June 1979.

The Japan Today materials include programs, correspondence, background information, internal memoranda, handwritten notes, photographs, publicity packets, and press releases. Mr. Reynolds was responsible for the Japan Today School and Community Outreach Program of dance and mime performances, and a student poster and essay contest.

Also included in the series are other programs such as Youth for Understanding and Mexico Today at Meridian House.  

Oversized documents, 1 linear ft. (1975-1981)

See box list.

Box Inventory

Series I: Publicity

Box 1

  • Publicity (5 folders), 1972-1977

Series II: Tour Files

Box 2

  • Arlington County Humanities Project, “Dance and Conversation,” 1982-1983
  • Australia tour, 1979
  • Carnegie Recital Hall performance, 1983
  • Chicago, Loyola University Institute of Pastoral Studies, 1979
  • Fairfax Council for the Arts Program for Schools, 1982-1983
  • Glen Echo Park Summer Dance Festival, 1981
  • Lake Placid Adirondack Festival of the Arts, 1981

Box 3

  • Michigan performance workshops
  • Minnesota workshops
  • Ohio and Kentucky
  • Trinity Theater, Georgetown University, “Handel Dances”
  • Wisconsin tour
  • YWCA Arts Advisory Council

Series III: Administrative Files

Box 4

  • Artist-In-Schools Program, 1979
  • Awards and certificates, n.d.
  • Contracts, 1979
  • Correspondence from, 1979
  • Correspondence, 1979-1983
  • Chronological files, 1968-1984 (2 folders)

Box 5

  • Chronological files, 1968-1984 (3 folders)
  • Dancer resumes, ca. 1981-1982
  • Lansburgh lease, ca. 1979-1982
  • Lansburgh plans, 1979

Box 6

  • Peace Through Arts Day, 1980
  • Publications, 1977-1981
  • Telephone, ca. 1981
  • Omega Liturgical Dance Co. 1974-1978

Series IV: Performance Programs  

  • Programs, n.d.
  • Programs, 1969-1975 

Box 7

  • Programs, 1976-1979 (3 folders)

Box 8

  • Programs, 1980-1984 (4 folders)

Series V: Personal Items

Box 9

  • D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 1980
  • Diary excerpt, n.d.
  • Horoscope of Greg Reynolds, n.d.
  • Memorabilia, n.d.
  • Personal notes, 1979
  • Personal correspondence, 1979-1981
  • Personal items, ca. 1966

Series VI: Meridian House International

Box 10

  • Japan Today, general administrative, 1979
    • Demonstrations-In-the-School photos, 1979
    • Essay Contest, 1979
    • Film list, 1979
    • General information, 1979
    • General Resources on Japan, 1978
    • Japan Today programs, n.d.
    • Japan Airlines promotional materials, n.d.

Oversized Items

Box 11

  • Sarah Lawrence Bulletin, January 1975
  • GreenLake Festival of Music poster, summer 1981
  • Crayon drawings from Mrs. Cupe's second-grade class, 1981

Originally prepared by Leroy Graham
Revised by Faye Haskins, December 2000

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