Boris Volkoff was born and raised in Russia and trained at the state ballet school in Moscow. After working with a range of dance companies in Asian-Pacific countries and then the United States, he made his way to Toronto in 1929. During his first year in Canada, he was the choreographer and ballet master at the Leow's Uptown Theatre. He soon opened his own ballet school and formed a performing group. He ran his school until his death in 1974. His performing group contributed significantly to the professionalization of dance in Canada and he is cited by many as the father of Canadian ballet. For more information read Clifford Collier's article in the ETDC/EDTC.