Fonds - Ted Patterson fonds

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Ted Patterson fonds

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  • 1955 – 2014 (Creation)
    Patterson, Ted

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1 folder of textual material + 3 photographs

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(1930 - present)

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Edward Patterson was born in Edmonton, Alberta in July of 1930. He had a career in acting before beginning his dance training at the age of twenty. He began his dance career by performing on television and appeared at the Canadian National Exhibition in 1953. He toured with Gweneth Lloyd’s Festival Dancers, attended the Banff School of Fine Arts and received a scholarship to train with the Winnipeg Ballet. He joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 1955. Ted was promoted to soloist in 1957. During this time, he spent his summers performing at Rainbow Stage. He later joined its Board of Directors. He retired from dancing in 1963, and took a hairstyling course in New York. He returned to Winnipeg to work as a hairstylist at Eaton’s for one year before he was approached by Arnold Spohr to direct and help teach at the newly established Scholarship Programme for the School of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1964. He left his teaching career in 1970 to become the chief costume designer at CBC Winnipeg, and later was also involved in production. He retired in 1993.
After his retirement, Ted joined the RWB Alumni Association Executive, serving as its president from 1994 to 1997 and 2004 to 2005. He continues to volunteer in the RWB Achives. Ted Patterson was inducted into the Rainbow Stage Wall of Fame in 2006.

Custodial history

The records of Ted Patterson came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Archives as part of a transfer of records from the RWB and were also collected by members of the Alumni Association.

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The Ted Patterson fonds includes the following series: photographs (1960-1961); newspaper articles (1958-2008); biographical information (1955-1967); records of the Alumni Association (1996-2014).

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The responsibility for conforming with copyright, libel and privacy legislation lies with the researcher.

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The Western Canadian Pictorial Index also houses photographs pertaining to Ted Patterson.

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Further accruals are expected.

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See the records of the RWB Alumni Association housed at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives.

Accompanying material

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

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