Fonds MS-5-17 - Alan and Blanche Lund fonds

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Alan and Blanche Lund fonds

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2.5 m of multiple media

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Alan Wilfred Lund was born on May 23, 1923 in Toronto, Canada. He and his wife Blanche were famous dancers in Canada in the 1940s and 1950s, and he is best known for his dance performances, directing, and choreography work. He began dance training at the age of seven in Toronto, and at age 13 he partnered with his future wife, Blanche Harris, who was 14. They later married and went to England in 1945 to perform in a navy dance production, “Meet the Navy.” Alan was recognized with an Order of Canada on June 21 1982 for his contributions to dance in Canada. He died on July 1, 1992 in Toronto, Canada.

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Blanche Harris Lund was born in 1922 in Toronto, Canada. She also had a long career in dance and choreography.Blanche contracted polio while she was in England to perform in a navy dance production, "Meet the Navy." The polio nearly ended her dance career. She recovered, and went on, with Alan, to become the first CBC contract dancers. She retired to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Fonds consists of sheet music, scripts, and programs from different musical plays that Blanche and Alan Lund performed, directed or choreographed. Also includes audio reel-to-reel and video tapes of some of the performances.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

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