The Vancouver Ballet Society has announced that Maureen Riches, managing editor of Dance International magazine will step down after the publication of the Summer 2013 issue.
The press release states: "Mrs. Riches has been the editor for almost 30 years and has taken the magazine from a modest black and white publication in the 1980s to the present full-coloured magazine known throughout the world as an exceptional dance magazine. Due to her diligence and perseverance, the magazine has been well supported by Canada Council and the BC Arts Council.
"Mrs. Riches has chosen not to take part in a public recognition of her valued and long-standing tenure as Editor, but the Vancouver Ballet Society, which publishes the magazine, will honour her dedication and creative talents by offering a scholarship to a talented young ballet dancer at the Society’s Spring Seminar in March 2014. We say a fond farewell to an exceptional person and wish her much enjoyment for her many travel plans."
Kaija Pepper has been appointed the magazine's new editor.
Kaija brings many years of experience to the position as both writer and editor. She is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail newspaper and to Queen's Quarterly journal, and her quarterly “View from Vancouver” has run in Dance International for over a decade. She contributes to many other North American dance magazines and journals and teaches dance history and other courses at Simon Fraser University. As an editor, she has worked with a range of material and contributors, most recently editing a series of booklets on aesthetics and criticism, a project with the Vancouver Dance Centre. In 1995 she took over editorship of the Dance Centre's members' publication (until 2003). Dance Collection Danse featured Kaija as Historian of the Month in May 2010, and in 2006 she received a Banff Centre Literary Journalism award for a residency and commission.
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