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Dance professor Ken Roy loses year-long battle with cancer

by The Concordian February 7, 2012 0 comment
Dance professor Ken Roy loses year-long battle with cancer

Concordia dance professor Ken Roy loses one-year battle with cancer

On Jan. 28, 2012, dance artist, professor and mentor Ken Roy died at the age of 49 after succumbing to cancer.

Originally from Nova Scotia, Ken began his professional career working under Peter Boneham as a dancer with Le Groupe de la Place Royale. His career allowed him to travel around the world performing with many of Montreal’s well known choreographers such as Jean-Pierre Perreault, Louise Bédard and Sylvain Émard.
Ken had been a staple in the Concordia contemporary dance department for the last seven years, teaching daily technique classes and providing support to the students’ physical and creative training.
He pushed the boundaries of what each student believed to be their personal potential, bringing into the studio an extraordinary amount of visceral force, dedication, and above all, joy and passion for movement.
While his death is a great loss, all of the students and staff recognize his presence is not lost and continues to inspire their artistic endeavours.
In the words of Ken Roy: “We’re dancers, this is what we do.”

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