145 George Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5A 2M6

 

Telephone: (416) 365-3233 or 1-800-665-5320
Fax: (416) 365-3169
E-mail:

Web site:
http://www.dcd.ca
Contact: Lawrence and Miriam Adams (Co-directors)

 

Description / mandate:
Dance Collection Danse (DCD) is a multi-faceted organization involved in collecting, publishing, distribution and dissemination, research and education. The subject focus is on the history of theatrical dance in Canada. Collecting activities began in the 1983 in the course of Lawrence and Miriam Adams’ project to research and reconstruct historical Canadian choreographies. The materials acquired during this work became the foundation of the DCD collection. In 1986, DCD was formally established to fill the gap in Canadian dance heritage activities.

DCD is now the major dance heritage organization in Canada, with one of the most significant collections. There is an emphasis on creation of electronic copies of the holdings, and diffusion activities. DCD’s collection is comprised of archival records, publications, three-dimensional material, as well as information about dance and copies of dance records. The holdings include textual records, photographs, scrapbooks, art works, posters, ephemera, playbills, books, periodicals, clippings, costumes, accessories, video and audio recordings.

Examples of portfolio titles include Maud Allan, Judy Jarvis, Nesta Toumine, Dance in Canada Association, dance photography by Frank Richards and Andrew Oxenham, Grant Macdonald’s ballet drawings, as well as more recent acquisitions from Jean-Pierre Perreault and others. In addition, the Adams’ own archives from their alternative dance undertakings in the 1970s-1980s are also included: Encore! Encore!, 15 Dancers, 15 Dance Laboratorium, Spill, Canadian Dance News, as well as Visus Foundation.

 

Collection / extent:
There is no comprehensive inventory, however, there are over 200 portfolio titles as a first level of description. It is estimated that the DCD collection contains over 500 hours of oral history audiotapes; over 300 hours of videotapes; approximately 2000 slides; and extensive other material for which estimates are not available.

 

Access / other information:
The focus is on providing access to information content through publications and electronic copies. On-site consultation of original materials is by appointment. There is no comprehensive catalogue, however, a listing of a substantive number of collection portfolio titles is available on the web site and collections information is available through phone or e-mail consultation.

 

 

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927 Dupont Street – 2nd floor
Toronto, Ontario
M6H 1Z1

 

Telephone: (416) 535-8880
Fax: (416) 535-8929
E-mail:

Web site:
http://www.dancemakers.org
Contact: Andrea Vagianos (Administrative Director)

 

Description / mandate:
Dancemakers is a professional contemporary dance company based in Toronto. It was founded in 1974 by independent dancers interested in establishing a permanent repertory company on a cooperative model. It functioned on a true repertory basis until the 1980s under the direction of dance artists who included Peggy Baker, Anna Blewchamp, Patricia Milner, Patricia Fraser, Carol Anderson and Bill James. Dancemakers’ activities incude a Choreographic Lab, technique and master classes, professional development, residencies, audience cultivation events, as well as its core creative, performance and presentation work. Since 1990, Dancemakers has been under the artistic direction of Serge Bennathan. The company has maintained an eclectic repertoire, performing works by local, national and international choreographers who include Christopher House, James Kudelka, Lar Lubovitch, Paul Taylor, and others. Its archival collection consists of its own creative, publicity and administrative records; video recordings of performances and occasionally rehearsals; promotional and archival videos made by the company; audio recordings of works commissioned by the company.

 

Collection / extent:
Dancemakers currently has a special project underway to create an inventory of its archival holdings. Collection contents are estimated at approximately 50 boxes of administrative paper records; approximately 100 videotapes; approximately 300 hours of audio recordings; photographic contact sheets (photographer retains original negatives); approximately 50 costumes and some props.

 

Access / other information:
This is primarily an internal use collection; however, some parts of the collection have been made available to scholars and artistic researchers. The company retains the rights to the documentation that it commissions.

 

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(archival collection held at York University, Archives and Special Collections)
305 Scott Library
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 1P3

 

Telephone: (416) 736-5442 Fax: (416) 650-8039
E-mail:

Web site:
http://info.library.yorku.ca/depts/asc/archives.htm
Contact: Suzanne Dubeau (University Archivist)

Danny Grossman Dance Company web site: http://www.dgdance.org

 

Description / mandate:
The Danny Grossman Dance Company was established by Danny Grossman in 1975 (incorporated 1978) in Toronto. Grossman's choreography forms the basis of the company's repertoire, and has also been performed by the National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and the Paris Opera Ballet, among other companies. Grossman has also served on the faculty of the Dance Department at York University.

 

The Danny Grossman Dance Company has formally recognized the importance of heritage in its philosophy. It has established a model legacy programme which includes remounting of historical works. It has taken a systematic approach to its own documentation by implementing a Performance History Database to capture basic elements of information about its productions. This database serves as a framework for understanding the Company's archival records. The Company has established a relationship with York University Archives and Special Collections that serves as an archival preservation and access model for companies where maintaining in-house archives is not practical. It also regularly sends its playbills, posters and publicity materials to Dance Collection Danse and to the Performing Arts Centre of the Toronto Reference Library.

 

Collection / extent:
The Danny Grossman Dance Company fonds at York University Archives and Special Collections spans 1965 to 1991 and contains approximately 6 metres of textual records, which include clippings, grant applications, performance files, minutes, administration and fundraising records, playbills and reviews. The collection also holds approximately 40 cm. of graphic records, and 108 moving images records, including 90 videotapes.

 

Access / other information:
Access to most of the collection (except some restricted material) is available on-site. The collection description can be found on the York University web site, as well as a virtual exhibition featuring the Company collection.

 

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1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 4P7

 

Telephone: (902) 422-1749
Fax: (902) 422-0881
E-mail:

Web site: http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Culture/DANS/
Contact: Dianne Milligan (Executive Director)

 

Description / mandate:
Established in 1974, DANS is a service organization that promotes dance and dance education in Nova Scotia. Originally concerned with social, folk and recreational dancing, DANS' mandate was expanded in the 1980s to become an umbrella dance organization representing all dance interests in the province.

 

Collection / extent:
DANS maintains a resource library with books, cassettes, CDs and videos on dance and related subjects. This includes collecting material on Nova Scotia traditional dance and related dance forms. The print collection is approximately 100 linear feet, and includes books, DANS newsletters, playbills, clippings and posters (approximately 150). Archival collections have been acquired from Nova Scotia Dance Teachers’ Association, Nova Scotia Dance Theatre, Gunther Buchta (ballroom dancing material), Pat Richards, and the Mary Turnbull oral history project. The video collection includes approximately 230 video recordings, the majority of which are in 3/4 Umatic, 1/2" VHS and 3/4" VHS formats. The content of the video series includes ethnic dance curriculum, square dancing and various shows and recitals. Dating from 1957, the photograph collection is about 3 linear feet and covers summer schools, studios, awards and performances. There are also approximately 30 scrapbooks consisting of press clippings related to the Mary Turnbull oral history project. In addition, some DANS administrative records were sent to the public archives in Nova Scotia in 1990.

 

Access / other information:
Loan privileges for library materials are available to DANS members. Primary users are theatre students at Dalhousie. DANS has facilities for viewing and dubbing videotapes. Archival materials can be viewed on-site.

 

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  • BIBLIOTHÈQUE DE LA DANSE

 

4816 rue Rivard
Montreal, Quebec
H2J 2N6

 

Telephone: (514) 849-4929
Fax: (514) 849-6107
E-mail:

Web site: http://www.esdquebec.org
Contact: Vincent Warren (Curator)

 

Description / mandate:
L'École supérieure de danse du Québec is a dance school. Its Library not only provides resource materials for its educational mandate, but is also concerned with dance history, the preservation of dance heritage in general, and the provision of dance research resources for the community at large. The Dance Library began with the donation of the private collection of critic Marcel Valois in 1963, followed by the personal archives of dance artist Elizabeth Leese in 1964. Since then, the Library has grown and includes other private collections including those of Irène Apinée, Michel Boudot, Sonia Del Rio, Raymond Goulet, Alex MacDougall, Andrée Millaire, Roger Rochon, Thelma Wagner and Vincent Warren. All forms of dance are represented, including classical, traditional, contemporary and social, with a special focus on dance history in Quebec.

 

Collection / extent:
Total holdings are estimated at over 13,000 items. The Library holds over 600 videotapes (the majority in VHS format). The print collection includes over 7000 book titles and 259 periodical titles (the Library currently maintains 40 periodical subscriptions). Additional holdings include clipping files (over 500), playbills, scrapbooks, musical scores, posters and approximately 100 maquettes. Photograph holdings are largely by Montreal-area dance photographers and include images by Varkony (from the 1950s) and others.

 

Access / other information:
On-site consultation access is free of charge to the public, but borrowing privileges for printed materials are reserved for members. Membership is open to the public for a nominal fee. Finding aids include a computerized catalogue of the complete collection. The web site provides a listing of periodical holdings and new acquisitions. The Library is used mostly by Montreal area researchers, university students, journalists and staff and dancers from the school. The Library has 4 VHS iviewing stations and 1 Beta station.

 

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