Dance Collection Danse (DCD) Leadership Change

Apr. 04, 2019

Amy BowringDance Collection Danse (DCD) is implementing significant staff changes effective immediately.

Co-founder/Director Miriam Adams, C.M., will shift her role to that of Co-founder/Advisor remaining a part of the organization that she and her late husband, Lawrence Adams, began in 1986. Miriam will play an important role as advisor to all staff members but will pass the leadership of the organization to long-time employee Amy Bowring.

Currently Director of Collections and Research, Amy Bowring will become the Executive and Curatorial Director. This is the result of a succession plan over 20 years in the making. Amy first worked for DCD through the Ontario Arts Council’s Summer Experience program in 1993. She continued to do research and editing tasks for DCD on a freelance basis in the following years. In 1998, Amy joined DCD as Research Coordinator and began a formal mentorship with Lawrence and Miriam Adams. When Lawrence Adams died in 2003, Amy took on some of his responsibilities and continued to be mentored by Miriam. Amy has become one of Canada’s foremost authorities on Canada’s dance history and is an outspoken advocate for the preservation of dance. “It is a gift to have received the level of mentorship that Lawrence and Miriam gave me and I’m grateful that Miriam will continue to act as an advisor to me and our staff. I hold a tremendous sense of duty to this organization and its founders and am passionate about the work that lies ahead,” says Bowring.

Vickie Fagan, currently Manager of Donor Relations, will become Director of Development and Producer/Hall of Fame, acknowledging the tremendous role Vickie plays in DCD’s flagship fundraiser. Jay Rankin remains as Administrative Director with Michael Ripley as Marketing Coordinator.

Beth Dobson joins DCD in late April 2019 as Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Intern where she will assist with the many tasks involved in collections management. Beth brings a varied skill set to her role as a graduate of Ryerson University’s School of Performance in theatre production and the Master of Museum Studies program at the University of Toronto.

Board Chair Jane Spooner remarks on the changes, “I have great confidence in Amy Bowring and the DCD team as they implement this long-planned step in the development of the organization. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Miriam Adams for her vision and her leadership of DCD, and for her continued support.”

Led by Amy Bowring, along with a dedicated board and staff, DCD moves forward on a solid but flexible footing as it prepares for future partnerships and collaborations with many and varied institutions, organizations and individuals.

For further information, contact Jay Rankin at jay@dcd.ca or 416-365-3233.

Photo of Amy Bowring by Jeremy Mimnagh