Rabin, Linda (VF: 439.2013-0-1)
Born: September 28, 1946, Montreal, Quebec
Dancer; choreographer; co-founder of Les Ateliers de danse moderne de Montreal Inc. (LADMMI)
Handbill and house programs for The White Goddess 1977; photo of Candac Loubert as the White Goddess

ETDC/EDTC: “Linda Rabin” by Kathryn Greenaway
Renegade Bodies: Canadian Dance in the 1970s: “The Movement on Stage: Second Wave Feminism and Gyrocentric Dance in Canada” by Allana Lindgren

Radah, Sivananda (VF: 440.2013-0-1)
Born: 1911, Berlin, Germany; Died: 1995
Dancer; writer; yoga teacher; founder of Yasodhara Ashram in British Columbia
Newspaper clipping regarding publications by Radah

Ramzy, Yasmina (VF: 442.2013-0-1)
Dancer; choreographer; founder/owner Arabesque Dance Studios (1987)
Biography; flyers; school brochures; press releases; press kit; programs; photographs of Ramzy performing

Canadian Dance: Visions and Stories: “Learning Belly Dance in Toronto: Pyramids, Goddesses and Other Weird Stuff” by Kathleen Fraser

Ramsey, Vivian (IAR)
Co-founder of Vancouver Ballet Society
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings and magazine articles regarding 1930s, 1940s, 1950s ballet and theatrical dancing in Canada, the United States and Europe (specifically of Canadian dancers who made their careers at home and abroad including June Roper, Ian Gibson, Rosemary Deveson, Pat Myers, Rosemary Sankey, Margaret Banks, Audree Thomas, Janet Baldwin, Verity Sweeny, Mollie Lee, Dorothy Wilson); various house programs including for the Jooss Ballet, 1936 (O), Massine’s Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo at The Strand Theatre, Vancouver 1939, 1941 (O), American Ballet Caravan at The Strand Theatre, Vancouver 1939(O); Theatre Under the Stars, Stanley Park 1943(O), Fokine’s Ballet Theatre, Vancouver 1943; Vancouver Women’s Musical Club membership card 1942

Rasky, Frank (Finding Aid: VF; IAR [privacy restrictions]))
Born: 1922; Died: February 20, 1993, Toronto, Ontario
Donated by Brenda Rasky
Journalist; writer/editor for Canadian Magazine, The Beaver, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Saturday Night, Maclean’s, Chatelaine; teacher at Ryerson University and University of Toronto
Extensive biographical research regarding Celia Franca including audio interviews with journalists, critics, dancers, choreographers; interview transcripts (O&PC); books; reviews; photographs; biographical notes for interview subjects; correspondence; newspaper clipping regarding Franca research; house programs; legal papers; manuscript drafts
Donor’s permission required

Issue 34

Raven Spirit Dance (VF: 443.2013-0-1)
Vancouver-based company founded by Michelle Olson (1999)
House program for Gathering Light

Rea, Kathleen (VF: 195.2010-0-1)
Dancer; choreographer; teacher; founder of REAson d’être company, 2000
DVD of Long Live; resume; publicity card for Vivid

Redden, Marguerite (Eagles)
Born: January 11, 1911, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Died: 1985
Dancer; teacher; choreographer
Regarding work with Madame Hylda Dancers: photographs; negatives (PC); house programs

ETDC/EDTC: “Marguerite Redden” by Pat Richards

Issues 6, 31 (regarding Hylda Davies)

Regina Modern Dance Works (VF: 444.2013-0-1)
Modern dance company founded by Marianne Livant and Maria Formolo (1974)
Brochure; “Footnotes” 1978; Program 5th Anniversary; newsletter; negatives; posters
See also David Weller

ETDC/EDTC: “Maria Formolo” by Barbara Cameron, “Marianne Livant” by Barbara Cameron

Reid, Irina (OAR)
Born: December 5, 1927, Odense, Denmark
Balletomane; dancer; teacher
Personal correspondence; photographs of Radio-Canada productions choreographed by Brian Macdonald in Montreal 1955; souvenir plate for 250th Anniversary of the Maryinski/Kirov Ballet School; souvenir programs for Royal Winnipeg Ballet including 50th Anniversary, Moscow Theatre Ballet Company, Moscow City Ballet, The Kirov Ballet, Ballet Russe (1937) and various other Russian companies; research materials regarding 20th-century Russian ballet and the Kirov Ballet; house programs for Canada Dance Festival 1990; bios from 1994 International Ballet Competition; various house programs for Winnipeg dance companies and artists and international ballet companies; Royal Winnipeg Ballet publication Ballet-Hoo 1986-1988; pointe shoes belonging to and signed by Russian ballerinas Yuliya Maklialina, Tanya Térekhova and Yuliya Maklialina; donation receipts; Vancouver Ballet Society newsletters; newspaper clippings; oral histories with dancer Jerome Roberts Tremblay and other biographical materials including autobiographical notes; cassette recordings of various ballet scores; extensive newspaper clippings regarding dance in Vancouver and Vancouver dancers abroad 1950s and present; press kit for the West Coast Classical Ballet Society and Ballet Ecarte
Regarding Goh Ballet School and Company: house and souvenir programs, correspondence with students and alumni, rehearsal notes, costume sketches, staging notes, photographs and negatives; material regarding Chan Hon Goh
Regarding Jerome Roberts-Tremblay (dancer, teacher): promotional materials for June Roper’s (pre-1940) and the Wilson-Arfa (post-1940) BC School of Dancing; house program; contract and membership card with American Guild of Variety Artists (1958); house program for Mara McBirney Student Ballet 1954 (O); ticket for Rosemary Deveson performance (Vancouver) 1939; performance, personal and family photographs of Roberts (O); house programs for Kiwanis Variety Concert 1947, 1956 (O); newspaper clippings regarding BC Ballet and Civic Ballet Society 1950s; house programs and newspaper clippings for BC Provincial Dance Festival 1948-1953; newspaper clippings (1940s, 1950s) (O) regarding newly formed Vancouver Civic Ballet Society, Kay Armstrong, British Columbia Ballet Festival, Canadian Ballet Festival 1953, Royal Winnipeg Ballet (in Vancouver) and various other performances in 1950s Vancouver; Vancouver Civic Ballet Society meeting notice 1953; correspondence; photographs, correspondence, promotional materials regarding Roberts’s Las Vegas show in the late 1950s; photographs and memorabilia regarding American show business personalities; publicity, photographs, correspondence materials regarding Roberts’s teaching career in Canada and the United States; telegrams from throughout career; business licenses 1970s Vancouver; class and exercise notes; biographical notes

Issue 55

Reid, Wendy(VF: 65.2009-0-1)
Born: Sarnia, Ontario
Arts administrator; consultant; professor
Bernice Harper School of the Dance recital program 1957

Renaud, Jeanne (VF)
Born: August 27, 1928, Montreal, Quebec
Choreographer; dancer; teacher; arts administrator; founder and artistic director of Le Groupe de la Place Royale and Gallery III; former co-artistic director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens; choreographer in ENCORE! ENCORE! Reconstruction Project
Photographs (O&PC&E); biographical notes; booklets for Le Groupe de la Place Royale, Compositeurs au Québec (1975); brochure for Le Groupe de la Place Royale; newspaper clippings (PC); correspondence; magazine articles; regarding ENCORE! ENCORE Reconstruction Project: bio; comprehensive CV (1984) includes detailed list of reviews and articles written from 1962-1971; transcripts of interview with Renaud (August 1984)

ETDC/EDTC: “Jeanne Renaud” by Linde Howe-Beck
Estivale 2000: Canadian Dancing Bodies Then and Now/Les corps dansants d’hier à aujourd’hui au Canada: “Les ruptures essentials” by Jeanne Renaud
Jean-Pierre Perreault: Choreographer: “the essence of his secret” by Jeanne Renaud
Renegade Bodies: Canadian Dance in the 1970s: “From Calamity to Choreography: Dance and Rising Seperatist Sentiment in 1970s Québec” Sara Porter in Conversation with Jeanne Renaud and Martine Epoque

Issue 55

ENCORE! ENCORE! Exhibition: “Jeanne Renaud: Interdisciplinary Innovation” curated by Ray Ellenwood and Allana Lindgren

Research Essays (RR)
Feminism and Dance: The Choreography of Peggy McCann by Karen Lee
The Laban System of Notation: Implications for the Dance Teacher
The Computer-Assisted Compilation of a Dictionary-Databse of Classical Ballet Terminology by
Rhonda Rhyman, John Beatty and Anuschka Roes
Review: La Belle et la Bete, An Opera by Philip Glass
Emergence of the Independent Dance Artist in Toronto, 1974-1980 by Allen Kaeja
A Model of Womanhood: Ideology as Style in the Work of Adeline Genée and Maud Allan by Helen
Dance, before the Canada Council by Katherine Cornell
Statue-Posing in the Late Nineteenth Century Physical Culture Movement by Katherine Adelman
Cecchetti: Heir to Romanticism by Melissa Fink
Incorporating the Arts into the Mathematics Cirriculum by Gabby Kamino
Beauty and the Breast: Dispelling Significations of Feminine Sensuality in the Aesthetics of Dance by Suzanne M. Jaeger

Richards, Frank (IAR; RR: D46)
Photographs, posters, slides and negatives of various dance artists and companies including Toronto Dance Theatre, Dancemakers, Robert Desrosiers, Toronto Independent Dance Enterprise, National Ballet of Canada, Lola MacLaughlin, Susan Macpherson; correspondence with Lawrence and Miriam Adams, David Earle

Issue 46

Richards, Pat (VR: 445.2013-0-1)
Born: March 8, 1946, Liverpool; Died: June 24, 1998, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Choreographer; teacher; dance historian
Photo of June Roper and Jack (Kenneth) Kinney (E); regarding Halifax late 1920s: performance ads; newspaper clippings; Mme Davies’ Classic Dancers

ETDC/EDTC: “Pat Richards” by Christopher Majka
Canadian Dance: Visions and Stories: “Dance and the Outsiders: Ballet and Modern Dance Companies in Nova Scotia” by Pat Richards

Issues 31 (article by Pat Richards), 46

Riopelle, Françoise (VF: 446.2013-0-1)
Born: 1927, Montreal
Dancer; choreographer; signator of Le Refus global
Chronological sketch of Françoise Riopelle by Ray Ellenwood ; Ellenwood's notes on various dances by Riopelle

    Issue 70

Roberts, Garbut (AR)
Born: 1927, St. Catharines, Ontario; Died: March 29, 1986, Toronto, Ontario
Dancer; artistic director; choreographer; member of Willy Blok Hanson Dance Group 1950s; co-founder/director of Canadian Dance Drama Company
Donated by Suzanne Charlton
Digitized Scrapbooks (1950s) containing: souvenir programs for Willy Blok Hanson Dance Group, Rogers and Hammerstein’s The King and I; house programs for Garbut Roberts and His Dancers, Centennial Folk Arts Concert, Canadian Ballet Festival, Volkoff Canadian Ballet, Yoné Kvietys’s Contemporary Dance Company, Nationbuilders Festival 1967/68, Willy Blok Hanson Dance Group; newspaper and magazine clippings; scrapbook dedicated specifically to Willy Blok Hanson Dance Group; bio for writer John Herbert; flyer and photographs regarding Manitouwabing Symphony Orchestra; promotional materials for Garbut Roberts Studios and The Garbut Roberts Dance Drama Company; photographs of companies and events previously mentioned (O&PC); choreographic notes; Actors’ Equity Association contract 1958; costume sketches; obituary for Roberts with card and tribute from memorial service; unfinished manuscript and research materials for “Pionéers and Primitives: An intimate history of modern dance in Canada”; manuscript and copy of Roberts’s book (co-authored by Laurie Deans) How to Have a Body Like a Dancer: A step beyond exercise

    Issue 52

Robinson, Jeanne (OS)
Born: March 30, 1948, Boston, Massachusetts; Died: May 30, 2010
Dancer; choreographer; teacher
Two binders of house programs, flyers, newspaper clippings, business cards and certificates; costume

ETDC/EDTC: “Jeanne Robinson” by Elissa Barnard

Robinson, Tedd (Tedd Senmon Robinson) (VF: 447.2013-0-1)
Born: 1952, Ottawa, Ontario
Dancer; choreographer; teacher; artistic director; resident choreographer for Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers 1984-1990
Newspaper clipping (O); photograph (O)

ETDC/EDTC: “Tedd Robinson” by MaryJane MacLennan

Rogers, Helen (RR: 199.2010-C1-1)
Teacher for Elizabeth Leese in Ottawa
Correspondence; biogoraphy of Elizabeth Leese; magazine excerpts; copy of an image of Leese teaching calisthenics; poster for the Recreation Assocation dance classes; Montrealer Fashion magazine April, 1950; newspaper articles on Canadian Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and Brian Macdonald’s Rose Latulippe

Rollo, Marilyn (Bower) (VF: 448.2013-0-1)
Student of Gérald Crevier; dancer with Les Ballets Québec and National Ballet of Canada
House programs for Les Ballets Québec 1949, Les Festivals de Montreal 1949 (O); framed portrait

Roper, Elizabeth (VF: 449.2013-0-1)
June Roper’s daughter; founder of June Roper Arts Society
Photographs regarding June Roper

Roper, June (VF: 450.2013-0-1)
Born: December 4, 1907, Rosebud, Texas; Died: November 21, 1991, Belligham, Washington
Dancer; teacher; choreographer; studied with Cecchetti teacher Ernest Belcher; performed around U.S. and Europe with partner Jack Kinney; founder/director June Roper’s BC School of Dancing (1935); founding member of Vancouver Ballet Society
Negatives for photographs; brochures; advertising; newspaper clippings; correspondence; obituaries for Roper

ETDC/EDTC: “June Roper” by Leland Windreich
June Roper: Ballet Starmaker by Leland Windreich

    Issues 26, 45, 48

Ross, Cameron (VF: 319.2013-0-1)
Essay titled "Leontina Vladimiroff: A Biography" by Cameron Ross (contains photocopied photos)

Ross, Paula (VF: 451.2013-0-1)
Born: April 29, 1941, Vancouver, British Columbia
Choreographer; artistic director; teacher; dancer; founded Paula Ross Dancers (1965)
Newspaper clippings (O); magazine; photographs; note card; personal correspondence; CV

ETDC/EDTC: “Paula Ross” by Max Wyman

Rowe, Andrea (VF: 321.2013-0-1)
The Dancer magazine (April 1930; May 1930; September 1930; June 1936)
Royal Winnipeg Ballet (VF: 226.2012-0-1; RR)
Founded in 1939 by Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrally
House programs; booklet titled "Home at Last: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 380 Graham Avenue" by John Becker; Ballet-Hoo magazines September 1971 and c. 1973; issue of Border Crossings magazine Spring 1994; brochure for the company’s 50th season; souvenir programs (1942-1989)

ETDC/EDTC: “The Royal Winnipeg Ballet” by Max Wyman

    Issues 54, 57, 67

Artifact of the Month: Robert Bruce's Dionysos Backdrop Design from the Gweneth Lloyd Collection

Royal Winnipeg Ballet Alumni Association (VF: 452.2013-0-1)
Alumni member list 2002; Alumni Update Newsletter 1990-2005 (holdings not complete)

Royal Winnipeg Ballet Alumni

    Issue 58

Rubberbandance Group (VF: 616.2014-0-1)
Montreal-based company founded by Victor Quijada and Anne Plamondon (2002)
Excerpt from article “Dance Dance Revolution: The hottest names in Canadian contemporary dance” by Paula Citron 2009

Runge, Jessica (OS)
Dancer; choreographer; teacher
House programs from the Toronto independent dance scene (1990s, 2000s)

Rupert, Lucy (VF: 453.2013-0-1)
Dancer; choreographer; musician; founder of Blue Ceiling Dance (2004)
Publicity postcard for 11 x forgetting; house program for a shared program with Blue Ceiling Dance and Marc Boivin 2011

Rutherford, Richard (VF: 617.2014-0-1)
Born: March 3, 1935, Augusta, Georgia
Dancer with Royal Winnipeg Ballet 1957-1970
Newspaper clipping regarding Rutherford’s dance career and retirement 1970 (PC)

ETDC/EDTC: “Richard Rutherford” by MaryJane MacLennan

Ryerson, Millie (VF: 254.2013-0-1)
Born: January 18, 1913, Toronto, Ontario
Biographical notes; personal correspondence with Saida Gerrard c. 1935; program for Promenade Symphony Concerts 1935 (PC); newspaper clippings 1947 (PC); house program for Saida Gerrard Theater Dance Company, Hollywood; photographs of Saida Gerrard (PC)

Ryerson Dances (VF: 455.2013-0-1)
Annual dance series presented by Ryerson University
House program for Ryerson Dances 2001

Ryman, Rhonda (VF: 456.2013-0-1, 456.2013-0-2)
Dance writer; researcher; notator
Manuscript Cecchetti 1894 with cursory translation; correspondence; manuscript “A Kinematic and Descriptive Analysis of Selected Classical Ballet Skills”

Betty Oliphant: The Artistry of Teaching – A Series of Ballet Classes by Nadia Potts with illustrations by Rhonda Ryman
Canadian Dance: Visions and Stories: “Impressions of a Reconstruction: The ENCORE! ENCORE! Project” by Rhonda Ryman
DanceForms 1.0 Software for Visualizing and Chronicling Choreography: A Practical Guide by Rhonda Ryman with Lawrence Adams
Ryman’s Dictionary of Classical Ballet Terms: Cecchetti by Rhonda Ryman

    Issues 50, 59




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