It may not be the largest gallery/archives/museum in town, but DANCE COLLECTION DANSE, 2 Carlton Street at Yonge (#1303) has a devoted following both online and on-site. Founded in 1986, the national archive and publisher is dedicated to the preservation of Canada’s theatrical dance history.  Programming combines collection, exhibition, preservation, research, publishing and education. Website: http://www.dcd.ca PHOTO ABOVE – Jean Grand-Maître, Artistic Director, Alberta Ballet with Swan Lake dancers (2012) had this to say: “Dance Collection Danse’s efforts to preserve and archive the vibrant and ground breaking legacy of Canada’s internationally acclaimed artists is as important to our culture as the creators’ repertoire. I applaud them for their valiant efforts and for being such excellent caretakers of an often neglected art form.”Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister, and his younger brother Sacha, try out the Nutcracker sleigh, surrounded by the National Ballet’s Artistic Director Alexander Grand and Principal Dancer Nadia Potts.Detail from The Nutcracker backdrop, painted in the late 1940’sJury Gotshalks & Irene Apinee, Swan Lake, 1951  HOURS: Monday to Friday, 10-4 or by appointment.

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