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Valencia Dantzler grew up on Printers Row near the infamous Importes Etc. record shop that helped establish the use of the term “house music” to categorize records broken by Frankie Knuckles at The Warehouse. A multi-talented media entrepreneur, Dantzler has been an advocate for house music’s acknowledgment as cultural heritage, and a supporter of events like the Summerdance DJ nights that brought house to citywide audiences during the 2004-2006 seasons.
Columbia College Chicago
House Music, Chicago, Illinois, Importes Etc., The Warehouse, Summerdance
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African American Studies | Gender and Sexuality | History | Latina/o Studies | Music | Regional Sociology
Salkind, Micah, "Interview with Valencia 'Mother Diva' Dantzler" (2014). Chicago House Music Oral History Project. 49.