On October 4, 2013 Dr. Ann Kipling Brown was surprized by her friends and colleagues, with a retirement event at the University of Regina. Kathy Bond, President of Dance Saskatchewan, and Executive Board Member of daCi brought greetings on behalf of the two organizations and this is what was shared. This is a letter written from Adrienne Sansonne, Chair of daCi and read by Kathy Bond.
“It gives me great pleasure on behalf of daCi to pay a special tribute to Ann Kipling-Brown for her invaluable service to daCi and commitment to dance for children and youth on a national and international level. I joined the daCi Executive and Advisory Board when Ann became Chair in 2006. I remember being immensely impressed by her impeccable leadership and commensurate grasp of all daCi matters. Ann held the position of Chair for three years followed by one more year at Past Chair in
2010. This, however, was not the end of her admirable and extraordinary service to daCi. From 2010 to 2012, Ann took on the role as a Co-Chair on behalf of daCi for the daCi/WDA Global Dance Summit, ‘Dance, Young People and Change’, which was held in Taipei, Taiwan in July 2012. Her work in this role was immeasurable and an asset to the overall organization of the conference.
This role on the daCi/WDA organizing committee culminated Ann’s long and distinguished involvement with daCi. Ann has been involved with daCi since 1982 when
Ann Hutchinson Guest invited her to present at the Swedish conference. In 1984 Ann moved from the UK to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and in 1989, after completing her graduate studies, she took up a position in dance at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. In 1993 she assumed the position of International
Treasurer for daCi and attended her first advisory board meeting in 1994.
It was during this time that I particularly came to know Ann in my regular dealings as the treasurer of daCi (New Zealand). Ann was nominated for the role of Chair Elect in 2003, which led to her position as Chair from 2006 to 2009.
Looking back I have especially fond memories of the daCi conference ‘Extensions and Extremities: Points of Departure’, which was very successfully held on the University of Regina campus, Saskatchewan in 2000. I particularly remember the initiative Ann introduced at the daCi 2000 conference, which was the instigation of the first children’s panel of keynote speakers as a way to give children and youth a voice about dance. The overall organization of this conference was ably led by Ann and was evidence of the dedicated devotion Ann has contributed to daCi over many years.
It was during the preparation for the 2000 conference that Ann began the process of formulating papers presented at the various conferences over the years into an anthology of children’s dance. Following an almost tireless pursuit of collecting and organizing the daCi papers into themes, which she used initially for her own students, Ann became involved in an initiative to publish a daCi anthology in 2006 alongside Mary-Elizabeth Manley (who was working on a similar project) and Charlotte Svendler-Nielsen. The publication of the anthology would be of benefit to others and to the organization as a way to disseminate daCi member’s work more widely. This enterprise has resulted in the publication of the first daCi Anthology, ‘daCi’s First 30 years: Rich Returns’ (2012) co-edited with Mary-Elizabeth Manley and Charlotte Svendler-Nielsen and was launched at the 2012 daCi/WDA Global Dance Summit in Taipei.
During her long-standing involvement with daCi Ann has attended numerous daCi and affiliated arts conferences that have taken place in multiple places around the world, which is testimony to the allegiance Ann has had with daCi. The legacy Ann has left daCi is beyond measure and on behalf of daCi I would like to sincerely thank Ann for all the invaluable and tireless work she has done for dance with children and youth around the world. I wish Ann all the very best for the future.”
This is the letter that was written from Kathy Bond on behalf of Dance Saskatchewan.
“I first met Ann shortly after she arrived in Saskatchewan and was immediately impressed with her passion for dance and education and to helping our dancers, teachers and community grow.
Ann quickly became involved with Dance Saskatchewan and a strong and vocal advocate for dance in the province. DSI provides grants to dancers and dance groups, has a central office, gathers dance archival and current dance material and is there to make sure that dance is an integral part of the fabric of our province and our art scene.
• served on the Board of DSI several times
• is a Past President
• was very instrumental in the High School Credit for dance
• goes to bat for dancers in this province who are having trouble getting this credit
• regularly drives miles to support our dance community
• co-wrote the In Motion book
• always supporting DSI
We have heard many attributes about what Ann has done for the dance world, both here in the province, nationally and internationally but I want to focus on the woman, herself.
When Ann proposed hosting the daCi conference in Regina and gathered her team, I was very privileged to be asked to be on that team. You have heard about all that Ann has done for daCi in my other tribute, but I can tell you that without her strong belief and continuous support none of this would have happened.
Yes, other people can do some of these wonderful things, but none can give you personally the extra human support that all we artistic people need. She is the calm in the middle of a crisis, she is the peace that grounds you when things are falling apart and ALWAYS there to help whenever she is asked.
I have worked on many different projects with Ann and I would jump into anything that she asked my help with and I am so pleased to call her by many names, my
colleague, my leader, my mentor but mostly my friend.
Ann, enjoy this next chapter of your life and know that you have made a HUGE impact on the dance community in this province and abroad.”