Dance is an ephemeral art form presented in the moment. Looking ahead to how your work will survive is an act of self-respect and empowerment.

Everyone who has produced an artistic legacy — whether dancers (interpretive artists) or choreographers (creative artists) — deserves more than an ephemeral existence.


Allow your work to survive. You are the person who decides how . . .


  • Documenting, record keeping and creating an inventory of your work are the keys to giving your work and career a continuing life.
  • Documentation can include videotapes, dance notation, photographs, administrative papers, and much more: all contribute to a comprehensive historical record of your life’s work.
  • Consider making an oral history to reflect the diversity of dance culture, the influences in your work, your creative process, and how you make dance or teach dance.
  • Develop initiatives in dance/media (film, video, new technologies).
  • Consider archiving your work. This will increase its future accessibility and help preserve your part in the history of dance.


This process of documentation and preservation doesn’t only serve dancers and choreographers, the entire community benefits when the performing arts of the moment become a lasting cultural legacy.


. . .a message from the Committee for the Preservation of Canada’s Dance Heritage



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Theresa Rowat:

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