Betty Oliphant is best known for her participation in the founding of the National Ballet School in 1959 and her work as its principal and artistic director until 1989. Oliphant immigrated to Canada from England in 1947 and established the Oliphant Ballet School in Toronto. When the National Ballet of Canada was created in 1951 she acted as the ballet mistress, she was the company's associate artistic director from 1969-1975, and remained on its board of directors until 1989. For more information on Betty Oliphant, refer to Penelope Reed Doob's article in the ETDC/EDTC.

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