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November 18, 1998 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ballet dancers, like quarterbacks, retire decades earlier than the average Joe. Stepping off the stage, or the playing field, after years of specialized training that rarely includes a college degree can be emotionally and financially bruising. Veronica Tennant, one of Canada's greatest ballerinas, made the transition after a quarter century with the National Ballet of Canada but was always determined to make it bump-free.
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November 18, 1998 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ballet dancers, like quarterbacks, retire decades earlier than the average Joe. Stepping off the stage, or the playing field, after years of specialized training that rarely includes a college degree can be emotionally and financially bruising. Veronica Tennant, one of Canada's greatest ballerinas, made the transition after a quarter century with the National Ballet of Canada but was always determined to make it bump-free.
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July 14, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Betty Oliphant, 85, a co-founder of Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto and its former artistic director, died July 5 in St. Catharines, Ontario, of unspecified causes. A native of London, Oliphant was trained as a ballet dancer there and performed with the Ballet Rambert and in West End musicals. She moved to Toronto in 1949 and established her own ballet school, but two years later joined the newly formed National Ballet of Canada as ballet mistress.
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May 16, 1988
Fernando Bujones will dance the role of Lensky in the June 10 performance of John Cranko's "Onegin" during the National Ballet of Canada's engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center June 7-12. Casting for the seven-performance run, which also includes George Balanchine's "The Four Temperaments" and Glen Tetley's "Alice," also includes: Tuesday, June 7, 8 p.m.
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April 14, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES
Dance historian and writer Olga Maynard will be paid tribute through speech and dance at Cypress College on Sunday. The event, sponsored by the Orange County High School of the Arts, will honor Maynard's 32 years in the field, including teaching at UC Irvine for 20 years and writing for Dance Magazine since 1957. (Maynard plans to retire from the UCI dance department on July 1.) Guest speakers will include Willam Christensen, founder and former artistic director of Ballet West in Utah; Gerald Arpino, artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet; Bruce Marks, artistic director of the Boston Ballet; Clayton Garrison, founding dean of the UCI School of Fine Arts and currently head of the music theater program, and choreographer Norbert Vesak.
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December 31, 1998
Some broadcast and cable programs contain material included in the public school curriculum and on standardized examinations. Here are weekend home-viewing tips: * Today--"Sleeping Beauty" (Bravo, 7:15-9 p.m.) This is an Emmy-winning broadcast of the National Ballet of Canada's memorable production of the Tchaikovsky ballet. Rudolph Nureyev and Veronica Tennant star. VCR+60944073. * Friday--"The Twilight Zone" (Sci-Fi, 3-3:30 p.m.
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December 7, 1996 | LEE HARRIS and SUSAN KING
This weekend's TV fare is a hodgepodge of musical specials and documentaries. "The Three Sopranos," airing tonight at 9 on KCET-TV Channel 28, features Kathleen Cassello, Kallen Esperian and Cynthia Lawrence performing excerpts from "La Boheme" and "Carmen." The concert, taped last fall in Century City, was the brainchild of producer Tibor Rudas, the man behind the successful "Three Tenors" specials. Today marks the 55th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
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November 13, 1998 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prokofiev's "Cinderella" has always been the overlooked stepsister ballet of his popular "Romeo and Juliet." Choreographers have tackled it, but they've all run into similar problems. The score is darker and more pessimistic than "Romeo," and the short scenes in which the Prince roams the world, in search of Cinderella after she leaves the ball, can tax the resources of even the biggest-budget companies.
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June 1, 1988 | Chris Pasles
They have faces that would stand out even in a crowd of Hollywood celebrities, these two rising stars of the National Ballet of Canada. Sabina Allemann has been described by one writer as "the prettiest face in Canadian Ballet." Rex Harrington has been cited for his "matinee idol looks." Few people would dispute either description.
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May 25, 1988 | EILEEN SONDAK
When the San Diego Foundation for the Performing Arts began importing world-class dance companies a few years back, several movers and shakers in the community were convinced that the competition would mean the death knell for home-grown dance. Fortunately, that dire prediction proved false. San Diego stages have been a beehive of dance activity this month, and local dance groups have fared well, even when they shared the limelight with the likes of Nikolais Dance Theatre.
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May 28, 1988 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music/Dance Critic
Los Angeles first gushed and sighed over John Cranko's "Eugene Onegin," courtesy of the Stuttgart Ballet, in 1969. That was four years after the world premiere. The German company brought this saggy but undeniably effective saga back to Shrine Auditorium in 1971 and to the Pavilion in 1980. Thursday night at the Civic Theatre, the National Ballet of Canada cranked out a virtually identical production to inaugurate a three-stop tour of Southern California.
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