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Survey the options in the map below and click on the red markers to read about each location. If you visit a site, take a pic and share it on Social Media with the tag: #TouringThroughTime. Scroll down to view a slideshow of some of Vancouver's historic dance past.

Note: if using a mobile device, the slideshow is best viewed in the widescreen (horizontal) position.

Postcard depicting Granville Street, c. 1930
Postcard depicting Granville Street, c. 1930
  • Postcard depicting Granville Street, c. 1930
  • Helen Crewe
  • Helen Crewe’s New Westminster Studio, c. 1926; though not a depiction of the Vancouver branch of her school at St. John’s Church of England, the image reveals typical studio activity in the 1920s
  • Joyce Pumphrey’s Crofton House students on the school grounds, c. 1927
  • An Empress Theatre house program cover, c. 1910
  • Market Hall, Main Street just south of Hastings, 1890; from 1898 to 1927, it served as Vancouver City Hall with the City Hall Theatre located on the second floor
  • Ballet Russe house program cover, Empress Theatre, 1917
  • Pantages Theatre, 20 East Hastings, 1926
  • Display ad for the Del-Roy & Merinoff Dancing Studio, 1929
  • Gladys Attree
  • The Gladys Attree School,  650 Richards
  • Edna Malone, a student of Gladys Attree who performed with Ruth St. Denis in her fourth Vancouver appearance in 1919
  • Students of Ione and Elizabeth Zinck in "Kandy Korus", c. 1928
  • Vancouver Opera House, built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1890
  • Boris Novikoff and Tatiana Platowa
  • Novikoff and Platowa Studio at 1022 Davie Street, 1927-1931; previously the M. Lester Dancing Academy, 1920-1926
  • Display ad for June Roper’s B.C. School of Dancing, c. 1936
  • June Roper’s "Dream Bird Ballet", Lyric Theatre, 1936
  • June Roper’s "Casanova Ballet", which was performed at the Strand Theatre on June 6, 1939 / Photo: Artona
  • June Roper student Rosemary Deveson who danced as Natasha Sobinova with Col. de Basil’s Ballets Russes in the 1930s
  • June Roper student Patricia Meyers who danced as Alexandra Denisova with Col. de Basil’s Ballets Russes in the 1930s
  • Jean (Stoneham) Orr, who trained briefly with June Roper, danced professionally before co-founding Ballet BC. She has also been a tireless volunteer with the Vancouver Ballet Society
  • The fourth, or “New Orpheum”, on Granville Street, 1929
  • Jean McKenzie lounging on the roof of the Georgia Hotel, c. 1944 / Photo: Lois Smith
  • Lois Smith and David Adams in "Song of Norway", Theatre Under The Stars, 1949 / Photo: Art Jones & Company
  • Theatre Under the Stars souvenir program cover, 1945
  • House program cover for the B.C. School of Dancing, 1942
  • Kay Armstrong, 1940s
  • Kay Armstrong’s students performing in a charity floorshow at the Commodore
  • Kay Armstrong’s students: (kneeling) Marquita Witham, Nick Pennyworth; (standing)  John Klampfer, Sylvia Palmer, Sam Moses
  • Vancouver Ballet Society Showcase souvenir program, Queen Elizabeth Playhouse, 1966
  • Joy Camden and Norbert Vesak in Vesak’s "The Sanguin Cord", Pacific Dance Theatre, 1965
  • Steve Paxton rehearsing with Michael Lineham, EDAM Studio Theatre
  • Poster for “Four Men Dancing”, Arcadian Hall
  • Anna Wyman and Anna Wyman Dance Theatre dancers in rehearsal
  • Leslie Manning, Josef Stanishevskyj, Anne Harvie and Donald McLeod in Paula Ross’s "Coming Together" / Photo: Victor Dezso
  • Savannah Walling, Peggy Florin, Marion-Lea Jamieson, Terry Hunter and Karen Jamieson of Terminal City Dance / Photo: Chris Dahl
  • Judith Marcuse
  • Lola MacLaughlin in her work "Vortex", 1984 / Photo: Chris Randle
  • Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi of Kokoro Dance / Photo: Jennifer Van Evra
  • Crystal Pite in Serge Bennathan’s "In and Around Kozla Street (Warsaw") for Ballet BC / Photo: David Cooper
  • Postcard of Granville Street, 1940s


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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.

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