This database would not be possible without the help of many people inside and outside the project. It goes back to the efforts of Alan Paterson, of Berne, Switzerland, who compiled the initial “DanceData” database from various sources, including Keith Napier's (of Sydney) index of country dances, Peter Hastings' (of Edinburgh) index of country dances and tunes, the Ramsay index of SCD recordings put out by the Teachers' Association of Canada (TAC), and many other sources including original dance books, album and CD liner notes, etc.
Anselm Lingnau, of Mainz, Germany, took over from Alan in due course and the database is now being maintained, against impossible odds, by a team of volunteers under his loose direction. Apart from Anselm, the “band of brothers (and sisters)” currently includes
- Murrough Landon
- Eric Ferguson
- Viktor Lehmann
- Keith Rose
- Heiko Schmidt
- Roland Telle
- Peter Price
- Christine Parker-Jones
- Anton Korobeynikov
- Sharon Barker
- Chris Ronald
- Hamish McGonigle
Special mention must be made of some people who have taken on major projects of their own that the database incorporates:
- Eric Ferguson started the e-cribs project, whose set of high-quality dance cribs was the first source of cribs in the database. This is now being maintained by Roland Telle and Murrough Landon.
- Charles Upton gave permission for the database to incorporate his very popular MiniCribs. He has since retired from that project but it continues under the direction of David Haynes.
- Keith Rose contributed and continues to maintain a vast collection of dance diagrams inspired by the graphical notation first seen in F. L. Pilling'sScottish Country Dances in Diagrams.
- Friends of the “MacNab Dances” will appreciate that the database contains a set of very-high-quality diagrams for these produced by Angus Henry, as published by the RSCDS in The MacNab Dances in Diagrams.
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered —
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers …