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Monday, July 11, 2011

Yvonne Chartrand wins Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award in dance

photo courtesy of Yvonne Chartrand

>> by Naomi Brand
Contemporary choreographer, dancer and Métis jigger Yvonne Chartrand won the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for dance. Chartrand is the artistic director of the Vancouver-based contemporary and Métis dance company Compaigni V'ni Dansi, which performs both traditional Métis dance and selected contemporary works. Her ancestors come from the Métis community of St. Laurent, Manitoba. The annual awards recognize outstanding mid-career artists in the seven disciplines funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. Winners are chosen from the pool of applicants from the Grants to Professional Artists programs. The prizes were created with funds bestowed to the Canada Council by the late Victor Martyn Lynch‑Staunton.
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