Members tagged “dance writer”

Amy Bowring

Amy Bowring holds an Honours B.A. in Fine Arts Studies from York University and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario. She is the Director of Collections and Research at Dance Collection Danse where she was mentored by founders Lawrence and Miriam Adams, and has been involved with the organization in various capacities since 1993. Amy is one of Canada’s foremost advocates for the study and preservation of Canadian dance heritage.

A freelance dance writer and historian, she is also the founder of the Canadian Society for Dance Studies. She has written historical essays and articles for books and magazines including the Canadian Encyclopedia, International Dictionary of Modern Dance, Right to Dance: Dancing for Rights and The Dance Current, where she was also the copy editor for 13 years. She has curated virtual exhibitions on dance artists Nancy Lima Dent and Alison Sutcliffe and curated several live exhibitions including Dancing Through Time: Toronto’s Dance History, 1900-1980 and Canada’s Pre-eminent Showman: The Artistry of Alan Lund. She guest lectures widely and teaches dance history at Ryerson University.

Amy is a co-recipient of the 2002 Toronto Emerging Dance Artist Award for her work as a dance writer. She was a board member for Dance Media Group, sat on the founding board of the Canadian Dance Assembly and has served as a member of the Discipline Advisory Committee for Dance at the Canada Council for the Arts. She is currently on the Advisory Board of the international journal Dance Chronicle and in 2015 testified before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage regarding the power of dance to reflect Canadian stories.

Though an Ontario native, Amy’s maternal and paternal ancestors have been in Newfoundland for more than two centuries. In 2015, Amy edited Down to Bowring’s: A Memoir by Derrick Bowring, her grandfather, published by Creative Book Publishers.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Mimnagh.

Kristin Harris Walsh

Kristin Harris Walsh is a dance scholar and writer (PhD Folklore, Memorial and MA Dance, York) with training in step dance (Irish and Newfoundland) and ballet. She has written and presented extensively on dance topics in both academic and popular publications, primarily related to vernacular dance as a means of cultural expression and negotiation. She is currently lead investigator on a SSHRC-funded research project on percussive dance in Canada, looking specifically at the links between traditional NL step dance and Irish sean-nós step dance. Kristin is the Past President of DanceNL and the President of the Canadian Society for Dance Studies/La société canadienne d’études en danse.