Dance Collection Danse, the gatekeeper of a comprehensive Canadian dance archives, museum and research centre, will launch the Encore! Dance Hall of Fame on Sunday March 25, 2018 to honour excellence in Canadian dance
The annual induction ceremony will unite the dance community from coast to coast to celebrate the honourees from various dance disciplines for their life long contributions to dance in Canada.
In 2018 the inductees include Veronica Tennant, Danny Grossman, Karen Jamieson, Rina Singha, Alan and Blanche Lund, René Highway, and Jeanne Renaud.
DCD Co-founder and Director, Miriam Adams, C.M. says, “We are long overdue in recognizing the contributions of Canadian dance artists to our cultural legacy and landscape. We have artists from across the country, diverse disciplines and demographics that have really put Canada on the international dance stage. Their contributions cannot be underestimated.”
The induction ceremony will be hosted by former CBC Journalist, Laurie Brown. Presenters include arts luminaries, Sheila McCarthy, Micah Barnes, Evelyn Hart, Deepti Gupta, Paul-André Fortier, Louise Bédard , Pamela Grundy and Pierre Des Marais.
The Encore! Dance Hall of Fame will be housed as a virtual, online museum that will be archived and replenished yearly with new inductees.
“We see this project as a logical extension to bring this community together, capitalizing on our collections management expertise and a tradition of adopting new technologies to highlight dance heritage. Dance history is being made in studios across the country, every day.” says Adams.