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.