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Final Accolades of 2016

Musical theatre graduates Jahlen Barnes and Arinea Hermans were awarded the 2016 Syd and Shirley Banks Prize, Vicki Adams Willis of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks was named an influential Alberta artist, Yvonne Ng received the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts and Mocean Dance won the 2016 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award for Canvas 5 x 5 by Tedd Robinson.

 

LEAPing into Career and Life Transitions

For high-performance elite dancers and athletes alike, the transition from being at the peak of their careers into the next chapter of their lives can approach quickly and, sometimes, by surprise. The 2016 LEAP conference focused on bringing the two communities together to further educate everyone involved about the issues experienced around transitions.

 

First National Symposium for Dance and Well-Being

The first national symposium for dance and well-being took place November 4-5, 2016, in Toronto at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS). It was hosted by the National Centre for Dance Therapy, a division of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal.

 

Remembering Tap Dancing William “Bill” Orlowski

William “Bill” Orlowski, one of the greatest Canadian tap dancers and choreographers, died October 22, 2016.

 

Canadian Dance Recognized At Home and Abroad

A list of Canadian artists recently recognized for their dance work.

 

Supporting Health in Dance

The focus of the weekend event was on safe and healthy dance education. Topics ranged from dance in the curriculum for school children to teaching ballroom dance to elderly people.

 

Remembering Dorothy Rossetti

Dorothy Rossetti was a significant figure in Montréal’s dance community with her dance store Rossetti de Montréal and generous nature.

 

Remembering Phillip H. Cole Jr.

Born in 1945, Phillip H. Cole Jr. led a life full of performance and adventure, set on sharing his talents with the world.

 

Remembering Sonia Fabian

Sonia Fabian was the first person to establish a dance school in the northern city of Prince George, BC, offering classes in styles ranging from ballet to jazz to tap.

 

Expanding Access to Choreographic Knowledge Online

Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault recently launched an online platform called Espaces chorégraphiques 2, expanding access to choreographic archives, conversations and tools relating to contemporary dance in Québec.

 

Inaugural RAD Conference for Teachers in Toronto

Presented by the Royal Academy of Dance, the En Avant Dance Teacher Conference concentrated on teaching as well as the business side of the profession. The four-day conference covered a range of topics throughout seventy-eight seminars, panel discussions and movement workshops.

 

Life Phenomenology: Movement, Affect & Language

Last month, 100 scholars from as far away as Norway, New Zealand and Japan gathered together at the University of Ottawa for the thirty-fifth annual International Human Science Research Conference.

 

End of Season Awards

As the dance season wrapped, a range of artists were recognized for their work, performance and contribution to the community.

 

Coast-to-Coast Construction in Dance

The recent and upcoming expansions in infrastructure across the country indicate that the country’s dance scene is healthy and growing and that several arts organizations are moving forward with long-awaited and much-anticipated projects.

 

Ruth Priddle’s Legacy Beyond Dance at the University of Waterloo

Dr. Ruth Priddle, founder of the former dance program at the University of Waterloo, ON, died on June 8. Her academic work had an impact on motor learning research and influenced the way the people who worked with her regard dance, science and creativity, and how they can intersect.

 

Remembering Jacque Foesier

After a lifelong commitment to the growth and well-being of dance in Canada, Toronto-based Jacque Foesier died on July 12 at the age of eighty-two.

 

Toronto’s 2016 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

The thirty-seventh annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards took place on June 27 at Harbourfront Centre’s Concert Stage. The dance division saw a total of seven categories and thirty-five nominees.

 

Survey Researches the Social Impact of Dance in Canada

Canada Council for the Arts survey investigates how dance affects society in Canada, the last phase of research in the Dance Across Canada project.

 

Lindsay Zier-Vogel Appointed Director of the Canadian Society for Dance Studies

The Canadian Society for Dance Studies announced on June 3 in an email to its members that Lindsay Zier-Vogel will replace Samantha Mehra Donaldson as director.

 

Announcing Awards

A round-up of recent Canadian dance awards.

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