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David Zurak / Photo courtesy of Oliver Tobin
 

Remembering David Zurak

Dancer, choreographer, teacher and member of the Martha Graham Dance Company David Zurak died in New York on March 9, 2017, after a two-year battle with brain cancer.

Penelope Reed Doob / Photo courtesy of Dance Collection Danse
 

Remembering Penelope Reed Doob

Penelope Reed Doob, an influential dance scholar, historian and critic, died March 11, 2017, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Sudha Khandwani / Photo courtesy of Menaka Thakkar Dance Company
 

Remembering Sudha Khandwani

Sudha Khandwani, artistic director of Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada, pioneered the contemporary face of South Asian classical dance while also paying homage to its rich tradition.

 

Remembering Tap Dancing William “Bill” Orlowski

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

 

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.

 

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.

 
Writers & Readers

There’s Someone Else in the Room

My mother, Phyllis Margolick, dance accompanist extraordinaire, recently passed away at the age of ninety-six. Her deep musicianship and understanding of dance inspired generations of professional and aspiring dancers in Canada and the United States.

 

Remembering Geneviève Salbaing

Geneviève Salbaing was a champion of classical and jazz dance in Canada as co-founder of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. She passed away on May 8 at the age of ninety-four.

 

Remembering Calgary’s Shirley C. Murray

Murray devoted her life to teaching and sharing a love of dance and was one of the founders of the Dance Education program at the University of Calgary.

 

In Memoriam: Grant Strate (1927 - 2015)

Grant Strate, often dubbed the elder statesman of Canadian dance, passed away in his home in Vancouver on Monday evening. Strate’s achievements are incalculable because his contributions share one quality: they endure and continue to create impacts on dance in Canada that are beyond measure.

 

Brian Ronald Macdonald 1928-2014

Internationally respected award-winning director and choreographer for stage and television in musical theatre, opera and ballet, Brian Macdonald died on November 29, 2014.

Remembering Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple, America’s little sweetheart, dies at age eighty-five.

 

Lawrence Gradus (1936-2014)

On January 7, 2014 the dance community lost revered dance artist, choreographer and educator Lawrence Gradus.

 

Mourning a pioneer

Florence Munger-Fourcaudot, founder of the École de Danse Florence Fourcaudot dance school in Saguenay, Québec has died.

 

Former Ballerina Nathalie Buisson Dies

After years of unyielding motivation and rallying for research fundraisers for cerebral cancer Nathalie Buisson dies in Montréal at the age of 47.

 

Eva von Gencsy (1924-2013)

Canada lost one of its great dames of dance on April 11th.

 

André Gingras, 1966-2013

After having battled colon cancer for several years, dance artist André Gingras died on February 17th at age forty-six, in Breda, The Netherlands.

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