Frequently Asked Questions

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Absolutely NOT! Membership is free and only takes a minute or two.

We require you to log in whenever you wish to 1) participate with others in the Forum section; 2) add comments to the Wall; 3) comment on selected articles; and 4) a membership is required before we can accept material (histories, recollections, etc) that you’d like to contribute to this website. Requiring user accounts minimizes spammers/bots from bombarding this site with inappropriate material and/or advertisements. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Most likely the email we sent you was flagged (albeit incorrectly) as spam. This seems to be a frequent problem with Gmail accounts. So please check your Spam folder first, and if you still can’t find any email from us, then contact us via the form on this website. Do not try to create your account again.

First, you’ll need to log in. Note that you can check the “Remember Me” box so that you’ll automatically be logged in every time you visit (only do this from a trusted computer, never at a public or shared computer). Once you’re in, you can go to your profile page. See the User Profile section below for more details.

Your Profile

You can visit your Profile by clicking on your username in the right-hand column under the MEMBER LOGIN heading. Once you’re in your Profile, you can update information such as your email address, your nickname, or your password. Just remember to save your changes before leaving the page.

By default, your username is what is shown whenever you comment on the site, whether it’s writing on THE DHP WALL, voicing your opinion at the end of an article, or participating in the forum. But you can go to your Profile and enter something different as your Nickname, then select this new name from the DISPLAY NAME PUBLICLY AS drop down menu. For example, your username might be “jsmith” but you can set your nickname to be “Joe S” and then select it to be the name seen publicly.

That is known as a Gravatar, or “Globally Recognized Avatar“. Basically, it’s a graphical representation of yourself that can follow you about the internet, appearing beside your name whenever you do things such as comment on a website (like this one!) Getting your own custom gravatar is free, and simply requires you to provide gravatar.com with the email address that you plan to use whenever you log into a site to comment. So sign up at gravatar.com and create your gravatar today! “…Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the Fandango…”

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The first step is letting us know you have material that you feel may be perfect for our website. We’ve set up a short online form for you to complete so we can begin discussions. Although not mandatory, we’d also love it if you became a member of The Dance History Project of Southern California by creating a user account. It’s free and only takes a minute or two. See FAQs above regarding Membership.

If you find something that you think is inaccurate, or just plain wrong, we encourage you to let us know. You can find the Website Feedback link at the bottom of every page. Then briefly describe the discrepancy and we’ll check our facts.


It’s a place for visitors to leave a general comment about the website, independent of any particular article. It’s similar to writing on one’s Facebook Wall…