This Passion: for the love of dance

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Compiled and Edited by Carol Anderson
This remarkable collection of original essays captures the indefinable, the instance of inspiration, the fleeting image, the passionate moment that is the essence of dance.

This Passion is the work of 18 authors, all of them dance professionals, as they reflect in very personal ways on the people and ideas that have influenced them and shaped the Canadian dance scene over the past 50 years and more. Here you will find the great teachers, choreographers and dancers, remembered in intimate detail by the people who know and love them best. Several essays help unlock the mystery of the creative process and recapture the excitement of such moments. Many unsung heroes are finally paid their due while we are given fresh insights into the work of such seminal figures as Paula Ross, Patricia Beatty, Peter Randazzo, Jeanne Renaud, Frau Til and many others.

The collection as a whole offers a rich, informal and impressionistic account of the evolution of Canadian dance and will become an invaluable source both for dance scholars and the dance audience.

About the Author
Carol Anderson, assistant professor in the dance program at York University, has pursued a diverse career as a dancer, choreographer, educator and writer. She performed with Toronto-based dance artist Judy Jarvis’s first company, and was also a founding member, artistic director and resident choreographer of Dancemakers. She is the author and contributing editor of five dance books; a contributing editor of Reflections in a Dancing Eye (Banff Centre Press, 2006) and the author of Lunch with Lady Eaton (ECW Press, 2004). Anderson writes articles and encyclopedia entries, as well as Carol’s Dance Notes, which enlighten audiences about contemporary choreography.


Softcover, 6" x 9", 191 pp., 36 photos