Endowment Fund



Dancer: Rachel Browne. Photo: Andrew Oxenham, 1975
Dancer: Rachel Browne. Photo: Andrew Oxenham, 1975

The School of Contemporary Dancers (SCD) Professional Program is recognized as one of the leading professional contemporary dance training programs in Canada.  Throughout its history, Rachel served as a core faculty teacher.  She had a profound influence in the training of young artists through her outstanding gifts as a rehearsal director.  Rachel followed the progression of the students with great interest and enthusiasm and they were deeply honored to be able to work with her.

It was one of Rachel’s fondest wishes to have an endowment scholarship fund established to support our young dancers

in making the important transition from students to emerging professional artists.  Through the Rachel Browne Scholarship Endowment Fund, her wish will be realized and her influence will continue to support generations of young artists in the years to come.  We are delighted to continue to honor Rachel’s tremendous legacy through this scholarship.

To donate to the Rachel Browne Scholarship Endowment fund, please contact Charlene Kulbaba at info@schoolofcontemporarydancers.ca  or by phone 204-452-1239 to make a donation by credit card or by cheque.  A tax deductible receipt will be issued.

Mom with original Willow students
Rachel Browne with original cast of Willow Island (1999)


After the tragic passing of Rachel Browne at the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa in June 2012, the Canadian dance community was left reeling. Rachel was a true icon whose life and art had a huge impact on the scores of dancers, choreographers and students with whom she worked.  In honor of her incomparable contribution to modern dance in Canada, The Rachel Browne Trust was formed.  The Trust will be administered by Rachel’s daughters Ruth Asper, Miriam Browne & Annette Browne, with support from Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD) and the School of Contemporary Dancers (SCD) Professional Program.


The purpose of the Rachel Browne Trust is to preserve and disseminate Rachel’s legacy:  the stunning dances she so carefully crafted.  The Trust is comprised of two supporting pillars. Internationally recognized dance artist and former WCD dancer, Stephanie Ballard, will handle the archival work.  Already immersed in preserving the archives of Arnold Spohr, and as the founder of the Winnipeg Dance Preservation Initiative, Stephanie is ideally positioned to oversee this pillar of the Fund.   The second pillar will have Rachel’s close collaborator, dancer and rehearsal director/repetiteur, Kristin Haight, overseeing the rehearsal direction as Rachel’s works are remounted. Requests related to remounting Rachel’s works should be directed to rbdancefund@gmail.com

Please consider participating alongside David and Ruth Asper’s Sensible Shoes Foundation with a gift for The Rachel Browne Trust.  

To inquire about donations, please visit our contact page.