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Miss O: My Life in Dance

Miss O: My Life in Dance
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ISBN: 9780888012104a
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Miss O: My Life in Dance is the candid autobiography of Betty Oliphant, founder of Canada’s renowned National Ballet School. The World War, two failed marriages, two daughters, an abortion, a long battle with depression, back-breaking work, eventual world-wide recognition, and friendships with some of leading dancers of our time make Betty Oliphant’s exceptionally frank autobiography both a vivid picture of the birth of ballet in Canada and the story of an exceptional woman. With an introduction from Mikhail Baryshnikov.

“Betty Oliphant has written a moving account of her pioneering efforts to launch ballet in Canada. She paints vivid behind-the-scenes pictures of the school and company she founded and of the ballet stars she nurtured, among them Veronica Tennant, Karen Kain and Rex Harrington. With characteristic candour, she recounts her many battles along the way and her experiences with international stars Erik Bruhm and Rudolf Nureyev.”

—Diane Solway, author of A Dance Against Time
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 "...true ballet enthusiasts will relish this account by a leading figure in Canadian ballet."

"Betty Oliphant's life is the perfect topic for an autobiography."
-- Quill & Quire

"[Her prose style is] clear as water, never intoxicating but frequently invigorating. As a historical record, it is a document as stubbornly outspoken and clear-eyed as the tough, resilient woman who wrote it."
-- Globe & Mail

"Nicely illustrated with reveiling old photos...Miss 0: My Life In Dance is a perfect book for anyone remotely interested in the cultural development of Canada; particularly where ballet is concerned....a cracking good account of a woman of candour and conviction."
-- The Spectator

Betty Oliphant

Born in London, England, in 1918, Betty Oliphant founded and directed Canada's National Ballet School for more than a quarter century and was also Ballet Mistress and Associate Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada. A major and sometimes controversial figure in the development of dance in Canada, she is a Companion of the Order of Canada and the recipient of many other honours. Her autobiography, Miss O: My Life in Dance, is published by Turnstone Press. She died in St. Catharines, Ontario at the age of 85.

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