Grant Strate A Memoir

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Known to stealthily escape from a boring party, speak his mind though offending some, and persist and endure when others despair, Grant State’s half century of dance has seen the initiation of ventures that have transformed the art form in Canada and overseas. A charter member of The National Ballet of Canada (1951), Strate’s career has exceeded the roles of interpreter and choreographer. A catalyst, activist and advocate, he has been deeply involved in dance politics and has generated new opportunities in education, training and performance. Often described as Canada’s Dance Statesman, Grant Strate continues a life in dance unparalleled.

About the Author
Grant Strate was a charter member of and early choreographer for The National Ballet of Canada. He has created over fifty choreographic works that have appeared on stages around the world. In 1971, he founded the Dance Department at York University. A decade later, he became the director of the Centre for the Arts at Simon Fraser University. He organized the National Choreographic Seminars, and was the founding chair of both the Dance in Canada Association and the Vancouver Dance Centre. In 1999, Strate was elected the President of the World Dance Alliance – Americas. He is a member of the Order of Canada.


Softcover, 6" x 9", 255 pp., 20 photographs