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Betty Oliphant & Celia Franca

Betty Oliphant & Celia Franca

As part of the celebrations marking NBS’ 50th anniversary, a display of archival photography, Reflections, was mounted in the Celia Franca Centre. Constructing the display allowed NBS to spend time sorting and organizing its archives.

Archives are important to NBS for many reasons. For an art form as ephemeral as dance, developing a sustainable archival system is important for the continued growth and succession of the art form and its practitioners. NBS’ archives demand preservation because NBS is part of Canada’s cultural heritage and history. As NBS moves into its next fifty years, consolidating and recording that history will be a crucial part of establishing its archives.

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Historic Assembly

Historic Assembly

On Monday, September 28, 2009, NBS staff, students and alumni gathered for a ceremony to acknowledge the anniversary of NBS’ Opening 50 years earlier. Held in Currie Hall, the ceremonies brought together staff and students from NBS’ first years with the staff and students of today. Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt, class of 1970, treated the audience to an excerpt from her forthcoming history of NBS, The Ballet Class: A History of Canada’s National Ballet School 1959 – 2009.

The day was all the more special by its synchronicity. It was exactly 50 years ago to the day, on September 28, 1959, that Canada’s National Ballet School first opened its doors and admitted a class of 24 students.

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