Fonds - Anna-Marie Holmes

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Anna-Marie Holmes

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  • 1961-2008 (Creation)
  • 1961-2008 (Creation)
    Holmes, Anna-Marie

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1 folder of textual material

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(1942 - present)

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Anna-Marie Ellerbeck was born April 17, 1942 in Mission City, British Columbia. She began her dance training with Madame Lydia Karpova and later spent a year with Wynne Shaw before studying in England and appearing on BBC Television. She joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1960 as a member of the corps de ballet. She married fellow RWB dancer David Holmes in August of 1961. During her time with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet she also performed on Canadian television, Theatre Under The Stars and the Vancouver International Festival.
She and David left in 1963 to study in Leningrad, and became the first western dancers to appear on the Kirov Stage. They went from being advanced students to guest artists in five months. Although the residency lasted two years, they often returned to Leningrad until 1975. During the rest of her dancing career, she performed with the London Festival Ballet, Royal Scottish Ballet, Berlin Stattsoper, National Ballet of Holland, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Chicago International Ballet and the Deutsche Staats Oper. After her retirement from dance in 1985, she joined the Boston Ballet, where she first served as Ballet Mistress and became the Artistic Director in 1997 and the Dean of Faculty for the Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education. In 2001, she left the Boston Ballet to become a freelance teacher, stager and coach. In 2006, Anna-Maria co-founded Ballet Adriatico, a summer festival held in Italy, and has been the Ballet Program Director at Jacob’s Pillow since 2001. She currently co-manages the “Editions Anna-Marie Holmes” ballet music publishing house. In 2008, she returned to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to stage The Sleeping Beauty and in 2015 was a guest teacher with the Professional Division for La Bayadère: The Kingdom of the Shades.

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The records of Anna-Marie Holmes came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as part of a transfer of records from the RWB and were also collected by the Alumni Association.

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The Anna-Marie Holmes fonds includes the following series: newspaper and magazine articles (1963- 2008); biographical information (1961- 2007); and alumni questionnaires (1990-1992).

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Dance Collection Danse and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Archives also house material pertaining to Anna-Marie Holmes.

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