Founder of the National Ballet of Canada dies at age 85
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
She is reported to have died in an Ottawa Hospital and her cause of death is not known. She went to the hospital last week and stayed there until she had died.
"Celia was more than the National Ballet's founder. She was its presiding spirit, its most stalwart supporter and the embodiment of its ideals and values," said Karen Kain, the National Ballet of Canada's current artistic director. "She inspired generations of dancers by her example and her devotion to the art of ballet. And most importantly, she made us believe in ourselves and that no goal was ever out of reach."
Franca, born 1921 in London, England, came to Canada in 1951 to found the National Ballet of Canada. Franca choreographed ballets in Canada such as the famous "Cinderella" and "The Nutcracker." She was artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada for 24 years.
In 1967, Franca was named an officer of the Order of Canada, then named a Companion of the order in 1985.
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