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Hi Valerie
I it was 1974.
We were there during the International seminar as we were together with a representative from York university Toronto Ontario dance department. I had some students with me as you were introducing the dance writing to some of the ballet classes, the ones we attended.
I tried to find my early notes, but things are still in boxes including the older files. 
By the way I found your book SIGNED !!!!!!!!! A beautiful attitude by the way. 
So congratulations Valerie. You have given us 40 if not more years of enjoying and sharing your invention to many Canadian dance students and I am still working with the system all is it with adult ballet students. It is really a help, having them writing  their exercises down and practicing at home to come back to the next class knowing their "stuff"
Below is a picture of the cover of your book one with your signature on the inside.



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Thank you soooo much Valerie

Tini.


On 2014-02-24, at 5:45 PM, Valerie Sutton wrote:

SignWriting List
February 24, 2014

Thank you! Yes, SignWriting is 40 years old in 2014!

This is a time for celebration and also reflection - I was just reviewing my history papers for 1974, and it was a very active year - so I am trying to document 1974, which was the beginning of 4 out of 5 sections of our system. Only SportsWriting came later…. I had actually forgotten some of these details, until I found some old documents that recorded the history…I must have been awfully energetic to do so much - I guess 40 years has reduced my energy level a bit!

Tini - what year did we meet in Copenhagen? Was it 1974? Or was it earlier, 1970-1972? - I kept traveling back and forth - I was in and out of Denmark, 1970-1976…and then I settled down in Boston -

So I will post the history for the year 1974, which is 40 years ago -

Val ;-)

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On Feb 24, 2014, at 2:17 PM, maria galea <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Happy 40th Birthday SIGNWRITING!! ;))
maria



On Feb 24, 2014, at 2:12 PM, Pel Tini <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Yes Valerie,
I would very much like to read and print-out the history of dance and sign writing so I can make a print-out  to put in front of my dance writing notes. I can show everyone. If you find the time.
I'll be watching.

Tini.

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On Feb 24, 2014, at 10:03 AM, Marie Alexander <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Dear Valerie,

Here in Malta we are definitely interested.  We hope you will post more details on the
history of SignWriting.

Cheers
Marie


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On 2014-02-24, at 12:40 PM, Valerie Sutton wrote:

SignWriting List
February 24, 2014

In February 2014, Sutton Movement Writing is 40 years old!

Sutton Movement Writing & Shorthand is a large writing system for recording all body movement. It includes five sections: DanceWriting for writing dance choreography, SignWriting for writing sign languages, MimeWriting for writing classic mime and animated movement, SportsWriting for writing sports, and MovementWriting, for writing scientific studies on gesture analysis.

February 1974 … DanceWriting began officially with the announcement of the first book
February 1974 … non-profit organization began in Southern California, USA
October 1974 …  SignWriting, MimeWriting (for classic mime) and MovementWriting began in Denmark

The non-profit organization behind the system was first established in February, 1974, under the name “The Movement Shorthand Society”, in Newport Beach, California. Later the name changed to “The Center for Sutton Movement Writing. It is now located in La Jolla, California, and provides free services to the world on the web.

Are you interested in more history here on the SignWriting List? I am writing our history right now, and I can post more details, but only if you are interested - I can tell you in more detail about the research projects in Denmark and so forth...

Val ;-)

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