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Susana, the Spirit of Flamenco

January 2010 brought a sad note to NBS, as we said farewell to a beloved former teacher, Susana Audeoud. Known to everyone at NBS as “The Spirit of Flamenco”, she passed away on January 1 at the age of 93.

For almost twenty years Susana, and her partner in life and music, Antonio Robledo, brought magic to the school with their inspired teaching and passion for the art of Flamenco.

Susana’s artistry was immortalized in the Oscar winning short film Flamenco at 5:15 which is available to view online at the National Film Board of Canada’s website.

The 1995 NBS Spring Showcase performance included “Jardin de Alegrias”, a tribute to Susana and Antonio.

On January 14th the NBS community celebrated Susana’s life by watching Flamenco at 5:15 in Mona Campbell Square, introducing a whole new generation to Susana’s creative spirit. (more…)

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Beverley Miller

Beverley Miller

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Beverley Miller, one of the longest serving teachers at the National Ballet School. She passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, February 21, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 71.

Beverley was born January 22, 1939 in Edmonton, AB, the daughter of George Andrew Barnhouse and Dorothy Mildred Paul. She studied ballet from the age of three and also became very involved in the Edmonton theatre scene. After winning the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes award and using it to study in Europe for a year, Bev graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA in drama in 1961. She was married in 1963 and moved to California with her husband, where she performed with and obtained a Master of Theatre Arts degree from the Pasadena Playhouse in 1965. On moving to Toronto in 1966, she became involved in the Toronto theatre scene but also in a small way with the National Ballet School, an association which rapidly developed into a full time career and the centre of her life. (more…)

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