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Emma Doran



Emma Doran is a Toronto-based writer, editor and researcher who is enthralled by watching people move. She finished a postdoctoral fellowship at the Modern Literature and Culture Centre at Ryerson University in 2016, where she researched the origins of dance criticism in popular periodicals. Before embarking on this research, Doran studied at Winnipeg’s School of Contemporary Dancers, completed an MA in dance at York University and a PhD in communication and culture through Ryerson and York universities. 

Recently, Doran has been a guest speaker at ArtsLink New Brunswick’s Going Critical Forum, The National Ballet of Canada’s Emerging Arts Critics program, Generator’s Performance Criticism Training Program and a jury member for Musicworks magazine Sonic Geography writing contest. She has published in the journals Early Popular Visual Culture, Media History and Performance Matters. She also worked at Dance Collection Danse archives and has been a contributor to The Dance Current for over a decade. 


Photo by Yuli Scheidt



Emma Doran's Work


Musical Chairs By Emma Doran

Sitting in on a Wheel Dance class


By Emma Doran


By Emma Doran


Baryshnikov's Ties to Canada

Famed Soviet-American dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov will make a rare return to Toronto to perform in the Canadian premiere of BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV. The Dance Current asked Baryshnikov about his time in Canada and he responded by highlighting his relationships within the ballet community.


By Emma Doran

From Our Archives

Iteration as Adaptation By Emma Doran

Thoughts on the vanishing point and archiving dance


By Emma Doran


By Emma Doran


Carrying a Collective Burden

Michael Greyeyes and Yvette Nolan’s Bearing By Emma Doran

Bearing is a dance opera co-created by Yvette Nolan, Michael Greyeyes and a cast of dancers, actors, singers and musicians, that will become a vital piece of Canadian theatre. Working with the idea that every Canadian has been in some way impacted by the disgraceful legacy of residential schools, the work is meant to encourage a collective carrying of the burden of this ugly and still present history. Bearing is a high concept work that offers a new model for catharsis via theatrical embodiment.

Dancer's Kitchen

Emma's Brunch Bean Patty By Emma Doran

The Dance Current’s new interim editor, Emma Doran, shares a delicious, lovingly borrowed breakfast recipe

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