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Honouring retired Professor of Dance, Anne Flynn

School of Creative and Performing Arts and Faculty of Kinesiology

In January 2015, Professor Anne Flynn retired from the University of Calgary after more than thirty-six years of distinguished service as a teacher, artist, scholar, administrator, and visionary advocate for all aspects of the field of dance at the university and across a wide range of communities and professional organizations at the local, national, and international levels.

Flynn joined the University of Calgary as a sessional instructor in Kinesiology in 1978 and retired as a full professor with a joint appointment in Arts and Kinesiology. She played a key role in establishing the university’s BA degree in Dance, double degree in Dance and Kinesiology, and newly created BFA in Dance, and she served as head of the Program of Dance from 2002 to 2006.

An accomplished performer and choreographer, Flynn has an extensive background in contemporary dance and collaborated with One Yellow Rabbit’s Denise Clarke throughout the 1980s. She is also a leading scholar whose research focuses on Canadian women in dance, multiculturalism and identity, and dance in health promotion and education. Together with Lisa Doolittle, she co-edited Dancing Bodies, Living Histories (2000), won the Society for Dance History Studies 2001 Gertrude Lippincott Prize for their co-authored essay “Dancing in the Canadian Wasteland,” and received multiple SSHRC grants. Flynn is currently a Research Associate at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and is engaged with Dancing/Parkinson’s: The Calgary Project as part of a national research partnership on Art and Social Change.

Beyond her work as a teacher, administrator, artist, and scholar, Flynn co-founded the pioneering national magazine Dance Connection and has contributed extensively to the dance community through service on the boards of Alberta Dance Alliance, Dancers’ Studio West, Canadian Society for Dance Studies, and DanceCollectionDanse. She is currently the President-Elect of the US-based Congress on Research in Dance. Although now officially retired, Flynn remains a committed advocate for dance research, practice, and education in Calgary, Canada, and beyond.