National Ballet of Canada

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National Ballet of Canada,

the leading Canadian ballet company. Based in Toronto, it was founded (1951) by Celia Franca (1921–2007) and modeled on Sadler's Wells (now the Royal BalletRoyal Ballet,
the principal British ballet company, based at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. It is noted for lavish dramatic productions, a superbly disciplined corps de ballet, and brilliant performances from its principals.
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). Its repertoire is grounded on classics in the tradition of Sergei DiaghilevDiaghilev, Sergei Pavlovich
, 1872–1929, Russian ballet impresario and art critic, grad. St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, 1892. In 1898 he founded an influential journal, Mir Iskusstva [The World of Art].
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 and Sir Frederick AshtonAshton, Sir Frederick,
1904–88, British choreographer and dancer, b. Guayaquil, Ecuador. He grew up in Peru and was drawn to dance after seeing (1917) a performance by Anna Pavlova there.
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 but it also presents and encourages the development of contemporary works. Since 2006 the company's home performance hall has been the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
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After 27 years with The National Ballet of Canada, I can honestly say that I have some sadness in retiring as Principal Dancer, but no regrets," Kain says.
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