Dance Collection Danse (DCD) is the national, Toronto-based, non-profit charitable corporation dedicated to Canadian theatrical dance history. We have achieved a world-wide reputation as a pioneer in the collection, preservation and dissemination of Canadian dance legacies. We collect dance-related material as represented by text-based documents, moving and still images, 3-dimensional objects, and other artifacts and memorabilia. We maintain the personal and business records of dance artists including choreographic notes, correspondence, films, house programs, videotapes, audiotapes, photographs, props, sets, costumes, and other memorabilia. We receive archival material as donations from arts professionals and the general public. We share our unique resources through public and virtual exhibits, workshops, publications and performance.
DCD celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016. As the guardian of our Country's largest theatrical dance collection, DCD exists for the purposes of research, education and celebration of the history of the dance arts in Canada. It is the only organization in Canada with this mandate. DCD is multi-dimensional and encompasses: a museum, archives, resource centre and publishing house.
Ongoing activities ‒ preservation, research, animation, education and publication ‒ emanate from our expansive collection of dance-related materials dating from the late-19th century to current day. Artists and organizations across the country have entrusted their treasured archives to us so that worldwide and for all time, Canadian dance history can be uncovered, understood and celebrated.
Through its research facility, publishing projects, virtual and live exhibits, film screenings, public talks, workshops and educational opportunities for youth, DCD's collection is continually shared. For more details about our collection and organization, please visit the website at dcd.ca.
Nesta Toumine and David Earle
at the Encore!Encore! reconstruction project, 1986.
Photo credit: Cylla von Tiedemann