Warner, Mary Jane

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Warner, Mary Jane

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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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2014/07/23 Migrated to AtoM
2018/0912 KCP. Added VIAF record.


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