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vrsfanatic

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vrsfanatic

Wonderful news. Congratulations to Clara76 on the entry of the talented Christopher Evans from BalletMet Academy!

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dancemaven
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Victoria Leigh

The National Ballet of Canada Mourns the Death of Grant Strate

February 11, 2015… Grant Strate, one of Canada’s most accomplished dance artists and a Charter Member of The National Ballet of Canada, passed away in his home on February 9, 2015 in Vancouver. He was 87.

Mr. Strate danced with the National Ballet from 1951 to 1962 and was the company’s first Resident Choreographer from 1964 to 1970. His first work for the National Ballet was Jeune Pas de Deux in 1956. During his tenure, he choreographed more than a dozen ballets including The Fisherman and His Soul, House of Atreus and Triptych.

In 1970, Mr. Strate created Canada's first university dance programme at York University in Toronto and in 1980 he joined Simon Fraser University in Burnaby B.C. as Director for the Centre for the Arts. Following his retirement, Mr. Strate continued to be active as a teacher and choreographer and in 2002 he published Grant Strate: A Memoir. He was a recipient of the Order of Canada and was awarded the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage, through the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages; and the Government of Ontario through the Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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