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Lois Smith's “Burnaby's Best Baby” Trophy
The Artifact of the Month, October 2012

Lois Smith, a stunning and versatile dancer who became one of Canada's first professional ballerinas, was perfectly proportioned for a ballet career with her short torso and long limbs. Smith was a natural even though she started training late. Hear about her first moment in the spotlight in the “Burnaby's Best Baby” contest of 1930. (Click the "Play" arrow below to listen to the podcast and scroll down to view more images.)

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Lois Smith’s “Burnaby’s Best Baby” Trophy, 1930 / Photo: Miriam Adams
Lois Smith’s “Burnaby’s Best Baby” Trophy, 1930 / Photo: Miriam Adams
  • Lois Smith’s “Burnaby’s Best Baby” Trophy, 1930 / Photo: Miriam Adams
  • Eleven-month-old Lois Smith with her “Burnaby’s Best Baby” trophy, 1930
  • Lois Smith as a flower girl, c. 1934
  • Lois Smith, c. 1941
  • Lois Smith at her sewing table, c. 1951
  • Lois Smith with the telegram inviting her to join the touring cast of "Song of Norway", 1947
  • David Adams and Lois Smith in "Pas de Deux Romantique", c. 1963, St. Lawrence Hall
  • Lois Smith and Lawrence Adams rehearsing "Bayaderka, Act IV" for The National Ballet of Canada, St. Lawrence Hall, 1966
  • Lois Smith and Earl Kraul in "Orpheus and Eurydice" choreographed by Hanya Holm, O’Keefe Centre, 1962
  • Lois Smith rehearsing in Pape Hall with The National Ballet of Canada, c. 1952
  • Stained glass project by Lois Smith

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