Amy Bowring


Electronic Publications
Bowring, Amy. (Ed.).
Canadian Dance Studies Quarterly/Études canadiennes en danse : publication trimestrielle. Ongoing periodical publication since November 2000. Toronto: Visus Foundation,
A quarterly online publication produced for members of the Society for Canadian Dance Studies/Société des études canadiennes en danse featuring announcements, member news and scholarly articles on topics in Canadian dance studies. All articles and reports are published in French or English according to authors' preferences.

ISSN: 1703-3756, available with CSDS/SCED membership $40.00, $25.00 for students

Bowring, Amy. (Ed.). 2001. Society for Canadian Dance Studies E-Journal, Vol. 1/Journal électronique de la Société des études canadiennes en danse, vol. 1. Toronto: Visus Foundation.
This insightful collection of essays provides historical studies from key moments in Canadian dance. Essays include Cheryl Smith’s two-part study of the Kirstein-Buckle report commissioned by the Canada Council in the early 1960s, Megan Andrews’ history of the Dance in Canada Association, and a bilingual account of the history of Le Groupe Nouvelle Aire written by its founder Martine Époque.
ISBN: 0-9730361-0-9, CD-ROM format $20.00


Bowring, Amy. 2002. “Setting the Stage for Professionalization: The Canadian Ballet Festival (1948-1954).” In Iro Valaskakis Tembeck (Ed.),
Estivale 2000 Canadian Dance Bodies Then and Now/Les corps dansants d’hier à aujourd’hui au Canada. Toronto: Dance Collection Danse Press/es.
A study of the six Canadian Ballet Festivals, which were held in various cities between 1948 and 1954. The festivals acted as a catalyst for Canada’s dance boom in the 1950’s. The Canadian Ballet Festival Association (CBFA), the organizing body behind the festivals, set out to present and encourage the work of dance companies and to help prepare a professional environment for Canadian dancers enabling them to earn a living in their own country. By the end of the Festivals, Canadian dancers found paying work primarily in television, the National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

ISBN: 0-929003-50-0, softcover $39.95


Bowring, Amy, and Odom, Selma. 2002. “Dance and the Media.” Canadian Encyclopedia, 2002 ed. (revised from 1998 version published by McClelland and Stewart). Kathryn Chase Merrett, Dance Editor. Toronto: Historica Foundation.
The art of dance has embraced the mass media that permeate Canadian culture. While nothing can replace the impact of a live performance, the marriage of dance and media has increased exposure to this elusive performing art. Film and television have greatly expanded the dance audience and led to the new art form of dancefilms, while video and computer technology are aiding in dance creation and preservation.


Bowring, Amy. 2000. “Breathing Life into History: Teaching Dance History Through Re-Enactment at Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre.” Proceedings of the Dancing in the Millennium Conference.
It is a flaw of dance training that children are not encouraged to read, write and think about their dance heritage and where they fit within their dance ancestry. Children are interested in history but it must be presented to them in a way that stimulates their creativity. This paper provides descriptions of history projects done at Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre such as the “Dance Historian for a Day” Project and re-enactment projects that focussed on Nancy Lima Dent’s Heroes of Our Time (1952) created for Toronto’s New Dance Theatre and the 1948 Canadian Ballet Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Bowring, Amy. 2000. “Dancemakers”, “Marion Errington”, “La Gaspésienne”, “Heroes of Our Time.” In Susan Macpherson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Theatre Dance in Canada/Encyclopédie de la Danse Théâtrale au Canada. Toronto: Dance Collection Danse Press/es.
ISBN: 0-929003-42-X, softcover $29.95, hardcover $45.00


Bowring, Amy. 1998. “15 Dance Lab”, “Carol Anderson”, “Anna Blewchamp”, “Canadian Dance Festivals, 1948-1978”, “Dancemakers”, “Danny Grossman”, “Christopher House”, “Terrill Maguire”, “Françoise Sullivan.” In Taryn Benbow-Pfalzgraf (Ed.), International Dictionary of Modern Dance. Chicago: St. James Press.


Andrews, Megan, Bowring, Amy, Cauthery, Bridget, Cornell, Katherine. 2000. “Research Towards the Establishment of a National Dance Publication, Final Report.” Study prepared for the Dance Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.
This report is the final document created by DanceMedia Research Group following a four-month period, from February through June 2000, spent evaluating and analyzing the state of dance periodical publishing in Canada. The research was funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the report was filed in August 2000. The report includes results of a national questionnaire, analysis of existing arts publications (both print and online), a working model for a dance publication and recommendations based on the research conducted. It also includes copies of minutes from meetings conducted on this topic held between January 1999 and May 2000.


Bowring, Amy. 1999. “Footprints: A Recent History of Dance Publishing in Canada.” Discussion paper prepared for the Dance Section of the Canada Council for the Arts, for the Foothills and Footsteps: New Writings in Dance Studies Conference, University of Calgary, January 5-9, 1999.
This paper was first written for a roundtable discussion on dance writing at the Foothills and Footsteps Conference at the University of Calgary in January 1999. It provides an overview of the history of dance publishing in Canada with a focus on the last thirty years of the twentieth century followed by a brief analysis and suggestions for change for future dance periodicals. This research does not include a study of dance topics covered by newspapers or broadcasters. While these two media do merit such a study, it is beyond the scope of this project.


Bowring, Amy. 1996. “Bottom of the Heap: The Position of Dance on the Editorial Agenda.” In Selma Odom and Mary Jane Warner (Eds.), Canadian Dance Studies Vol. 2, Toronto: Graduate Programme in Dance, York University.
This paper presents findings from a two-week study analyzing the position of dance on the editorial agendas of the Toronto-based dailies The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star. It is a condensed version of a Major Essay in Journalism completed for the degree of Master of Arts, Journalism at the University of Western Ontario.


Bowring, Amy. 1994. “From Kilts to Companies: Marion Stark Errington’s Contribution to London, Ontario’s Cultural History.” In Selma Odom and Mary Jane Warner (Eds.), Canadian Dance Studies Vol. 1, Toronto: Graduate Programme in Dance, York University.
This paper chronicles the life and times of Marion Stark Errington from her childhood studies of Scottish dance to her founding of the London Civic Ballet – a company based in London, Ontario in the 1940s and 1950s. A woman of pioneering spirit, Errington established a school, a ballet company and an examination syllabus, in addition to contributing to World War II troop shows in Southwestern Ontario, her leadership in the Canadian Dance Teachers Association and her role as a single parent.




Jade Boyd

Boyd, Jade. 2002. “The Culturally Mediated Body: Dance in Popular Film.” Unpublished major research paper, Graduate Programme in Dance, York University.
This paper explores the dynamic inter-relationship between culture and mainstream media in relation to dance and representation. Drawing from dance studies and feminist discourse in an unusual yet significant approach to media studies, the importance of dance in revealing ever-shifting power relations that exist within our social, political, historical and cultural lives is exposed. This article demonstrates popular teen-dance film’s tendencies to initially challenge, yet ultimately reaffirm, conventional norms through dance aesthetics, while simultaneously participating in the construction of a cultural image of dance.