Fonds - Jean Stoneham Orr fonds

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Jean Stoneham Orr fonds

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1 folder of textual material + 6 photographs

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(1929 - present)

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Jean Stoneham was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1929. Her family moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan when she was eight months old, where she began Highland dancing. The family moved to Vancouver in 1938, where she began her ballet training. They returned to Saskatoon the following year, and then moved to Ottawa during the Second World War. She danced with the Ottawa Classic Ballet and was the first Canadian to dance the lead role in Giselle in 1948. She joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1951 as a Principal dancer. She retired from dance in 1954 after marrying Milton Orr. They lived in Montreal for seventeen years before moving to British Columbia. During this time, Jean choreographed for the North Shore Light Opera Company and volunteered with the Vancouver Ballet Society as secretary, teacher and president. She began working as an executive coordinator for Coast Paper in 1982. After her retirement, she became the administrator for the Vancouver Ballet Society and was the founding president of Ballet B.C. In 2000, Ballet British Columbia honoured Jean Stoneham Orr with a special Gala titled, “Je t’adore, Jean Orr”. In 2009, a Jean Orr Fund was established to support The Dance Centre’s activities and the bursary program of the Vancouver Ballet Society.

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The records of Jean Stoneham Orr came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives as part of several transfer of records from the RWB and the RWB Alumni Association.

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The records of Jean Stoneham include the following series: alumni questionnaire (1991); newspaper articles (1953-2014); Je t’Adore, Jean Orr (2000); biographical information (1951-1954); and photographs (1949-1951).

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See also the unedited interview from "Forty Years of One Night Stands" housed as part of the Audio-Visual collection.

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