Fonds F0574 - Mary Jane Warner fonds

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Mary Jane Warner fonds

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1.5 m of textual records

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Mary Jane Warner (nee Evans) graduated from the University of Toronto in 1963 with a B.A. in English, and obtained her teaching certificate from the Ontario College of Education the following year. She taught at elementary and secondary schools in Toronto from 1964 to 1969. Warner also trained as a dancer with the National Ballet School, receiving the intermediate certificate from the Royal Academy of Dancing in 1968 and the Certificate in Dance from the Ontario Department of Education in 1969. Warner undertook training in Labanotation through the Conneticut College School of Dance and Ohio State University, receiving the Advanced Teacher’s Certificate in 1970. She then enrolled in the graduate dance program at Ohio State, receiving a M.A. with emphasis on history and notation in 1971, and a Ph.D. in theatre and dance with in 1974. After lecturing at Newberry College in South Carolina in 1973-1974, Warner was appointed Director of Dance at Kirkland College in Clinton, New York, where she taught until 1980. She joined York University’s Department of Dance in 1981, and has taught courses in dance history, movement analysis and notation, teaching dance, and ballet. In addition to supervising the work of many graduate students and maintaining an active record of publishing and conference presentations, Warner served as Chair of the department from 1988-1993 and 2006-2010, four terms as Graduate Program Director, and as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts from 1993-1996. Warner was the principal founder and administrator of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies Program at York University, and served on a group that developed dance curriculum for Ontario high schools. She is a Fellow of the International Council of Kinetography Laban, and author of "Laban notation scores : an international bibliography," vols. I-IV (Columbus, 1984-1999), as well as "Toronto dance teachers, 1825-1925" (Toronto, 1995).

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Fonds consists of dance notations recorded using Labanotation or Kinetography Laban, created or acquired by Mary Jane Warner and used in her work as a professor of dance. The notations take the form of manuscript symbols hand-drawn by Warner while a student at Ohio State University (including Labanotation for her dissertation), photocopies of works produced by other notators, and printed works published by the Dance Notation Bureau and the Royal Academy of Dancing. The notations are grouped according to elementary, intermediate, and advanced readings, with titles that often include the name of the choreographer and, in some cases, the notator. The works of Doris Humphrey, Ray Cook, Anthony Tudor, George Balanchine, Muriel Topaz, and Ann Hutchinson Guest figure prominently among the notations. The fonds also includes Warner’s lecture notes on the history of dance notation and Labanotation, material on teaching dance, notes for a lecture on E.A. Theleur’s "Letters on dancing : reducing this elegent and healthful exercise to easy scientific principles" (London, 1831), and programs and proceedings from various international conferences on Labanotation and Kinetography Laban.

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Fonds donated by Mary Jane Warner in 2010.


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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 2010-025. Further accruals may be expected.

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2011/02/27 Michael Moir:. Description based on contents of fonds. (Creation)
2011/02/27 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2011/02/28 Michael Moir. Edits to biographical sketch.
2011/02/28 Michael Moir. Edit to Date of Creation.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM
2018/09/12 KCP and N. Roz. Post-migration metadata clean-up. Addition of GMD and accession numbers. Published description and generated finding aid.

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