Miriam Adams, Co-founder/Director of Dance Collection Danse, is a graduate of the National Ballet School and former dancer with The National Ballet of Canada. She and her late husband, principal dancer Lawrence Adams, went on to teach, choreograph and found 15 Dance Laboratorium, Toronto's first experimental dance venue. The Adamses became publishers, producing the newspapers SPILL and Canadian Dance News, and created Visus Foundation, established to videotape dance activity in Canada. In 1983, they initiated the ENCORE! ENCORE! reconstruction project, designed to rescue Canadian choreographic works created in the 1940s and 1950s. This led to the founding of Dance Collection Danse, Canada's national dance archives and publishing house. Miriam Adams has overseen the publishing of 39 books and is the Publisher and Editor of Dance Collection Danse Magazine. She has been a board member of the Toronto Arts Council, the Dance Umbrella of Ontario, the Nightingale Arts Foundation, Artscape, Judy Jarvis Dance Foundation, the Dancer Transition Resource Centre and was named Adjunct Professor at York University in 2006. She received a Dance in Canada Service Award; a Mayor's Medal of Service; and, with Lawrence, the Dance Ontario Award for her contributions to dance. In 2009, she won the Rita Davies and Margo Bindhardt Cultural Leadership Award. Miriam was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2011 and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
DCD Co-founder Lawrence Adams passed away in 2003. To learn more about Lawrence and the beginnings of Dance Collection Danse, CLICK HERE.
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 was mentored by DCD co-founders Lawrence and Miriam Adams, and has been involved with the organization in various capacities since 1993. She is one of Canada’s foremost advocates for the study and preservation of Canadian dance heritage.
A dance writer and historian, she founded the Society for Canadian Dance Studies in 2000, which she directed for 10 years. She has written historical essays and articles for books and magazines including the Canadian Encyclopedia, International Dictionary of Modern Dance, Encyclopedia of Theatre Dance in Canada, Dance Chronicle, Right to Dance: Dancing for Rights, Canadian Dance: Visions and Stories, Renegade Bodies: Canadian Dance in the 1970s and The Dance Current, where she was also the copy editor for 13 years. Amy has curated several virtual and live exhibitions 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 steering committee that founded the Canadian Dance Assembly, and has served on the Discipline Advisory Committee for Dance at the Canada Council for the Arts, the Advisory Board of the international journal Dance Chronicle, and several conference committees.
Amy is the editor of Down to Bowring’s: A Memoir written by her grandfather, Derrick Bowring (Creative Book Publishers, 2015). Her book Navigating Home: Artists of the NL Dance Project was published in 2019. Her research interests are focused on theatrical dance in Canada in the early to mid-20th century, as well as the dance history of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador including patriotic performances in St. John’s during World War I, and the development of postmodern dance in St. John’s in the 1970s and 1980s. She is currently a co-investigator of the SSHRC-funded Gatherings: Archival and Oral Histories of Performance.
Jay is a leader in the Canadian professional dance community with management experience in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Winnipeg. Jay has a history of leading organizations to new levels of success financially and organizationally. His expertise extends to strategic planning, programming, human resources, touring, board development, financial management, marketing and PR, government relations, design and production. He has worked as Executive Director of Ballet BC, Managing Director of Toronto Dance Theatre, as directeur général at BJM Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, and as a manager for many dance organizations across Canada. Jay continues to work independent performers and as producer for theatre artist Tomson Highway.
Director of Development and Producer/Hall of Fame
Vickie has a background in marketing and communications, and continues her work as a producer and writer. Among many other media-related endeavours, Vickie was a producer and co-writer for the CBC special The Curse of Clara, an animated film derived from her short story originally published in Descant Literary Magazine. The film won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Animated Program or Series. In her earlier life, Vickie trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and worked as a freelance contemporary dancer.
Marketing & Sales Coordinator
Prior to entering his role as Marketing & Sales Manager for DCD, Michael worked as the director of Sales, Marketing & Circulation at The Dance Current magazine. Also an accomplished graphic designer Michael maintains DCD's website and has laid-out 5 books for Dance Collection Danse Press/Presse. Through his design company Talented MR. and his private sector work with Pipeline Communications, Michael has developed creative solutions for Theatre Direct, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Heart & Stroke Foundation, Labatt's Brewery, Canadian Tire and Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre.
Archiving and Programming Assistant
An archivist and historian based in Toronto, Elisabeth has a BFA in Performance (Production) with a Minor in History from Ryerson University and will soon have her Master’s in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. She originally trained in theatre costume and props before being introduced to public history studies and shifting focus to dance costume and history and its lack of representation in museums. In 2017 she wrote her undergraduate thesis Pas de Display: Conserving, Preserving, Displaying, and Interpreting Ballet Costumes in Museum Settings. She has been a T.A. at the Ryerson history and fashion departments and worked with The National Ballet of Canada, DCD, and Kaeja d’Dance. Her work combines social history, material culture, production skills, and museum studies to create critical approaches to preserving and displaying Canadian dance history.
MIRIAM AND LAWRENCE ADAMS
In 1983, under the banner ENCORE! ENCORE!, research was begun into choreographies created by Canadian dance artists working in the 1940s and 1950s for the purposes of preserving their works through reconstruction, notation, videotape and photography. (READ MORE)
INSIDE THE COLLECTION
This component of the DCD web site offers images, brief biographies and content descriptions for dance artist's portfolios within the Dance Collection Danse archives. (READ MORE)
LIVING CANADIAN DANCE
DCD simply could not do what it does without the support of its team of volunteers. If you love dance, and have the time and energy, we could use your help. Whether it's hands-on with the collection or front and centre at a live event, there are many ways to make a difference. Fill out the form HERE and start today!
Dance Collection Danse would like to acknowledge that the land on which we work is the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Métis, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. It has been a site of human activity, including dance, for at least 15,000 years and we are grateful to all the caretakers, both recorded and unrecorded, of this land and of Turtle Island. Today, the meeting place of Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and dance in the community, on this territory.