South Vancouver Island Dance Archives

Victoria has a rich dance history stretching back to the nineteenth century.

 

Wynne Shaw student, Anna-Marie Holmes, in Giselle. Photo: H.Rogers (n.d.)
Wynne Shaw student, Anna-Marie Holmes, in Giselle. Photo: H.Rogers (n.d.)

Recently, Dance Victoria received boxes of materials with historical significance. Tucked into the boxes are house programs from mid-century dance performances, newspaper articles (including an article written by former Victoria librarian Leland Weindrich about legendary dancer Anna Pavlova’s performance in Victoria,) photos of dance students from the Wynne Shaw studio, and much more.

To properly receive, catalogue, preserve and display these materials, Dance Victoria contracted with Toronto dance archivist and historian Amy Bowring. Bowring is Director of Collections and Research at the archives/publisher and research centre Dance Collection Danse. She has published many articles and papers in various publications and she teaches Canadian dance history at Ryerson University.

Following Bowring’s instructions, Dance Victoria now has a group of volunteers dedicated to sorting, cataloguing, and preserving these historical materials. The Archives Committee meets weekly at Dance Victoria Studios.

The South Vancouver Island Dance Archives has been given a generous lead donation by Vivian & Monty Love and Betty Wilkinson, and other patrons are also showing their support. If you’re interested in helping Dance Victoria preserve these historical resources, please consider making a donation.

 

Archives Committee, South Vancouver Island Archives
Archives committee reviewing and cataloguing materials

 

Dancing on the Island, book launch at Dance Victoria Studios, May 2016
Dancing on the Island, book launch at Dance Victoria Studios. May 2016