Canada’s National Ballet School Announces Seat Refurbishment in Betty Oliphant Theatre

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September 30, 2010….Canada’s National Ballet School is pleased to announce that it is refurbishing and replacing the seats in the Betty Oliphant Theatre.  The new, top-of-the-line high-back seats will be installed in December, 2010, with an expected completion date of January, 2011.  During this period the Betty Oliphant Theatre will be closed and will not host any performances.  The refurbishment will allow for greater legroom and a more comfortable seating experience.  To allow for the increase in seat size, the number of seats in the theatre will be reduced from 297 to 270. 

The Betty Oliphant Theatre, located in the R.A. Laidlaw Centre, was originally constructed in 1988.  It was designed by Canadian architect Jack Diamond to be a stage-training facility to assist NBS students in their transition from the studio to the stage.  The auditorium is Georgian court style and features a proscenium arch.  The layout of the performance area, orchestra pit and backstage will not be impacted by this refurbishment.

“The Betty Oliphant Theatre is an integral part of dance education and training at Canada’s National Ballet School.  The theatre plays a key role not only for our students, as they gain performance experience in it, but also for local and touring performing artists.  The theatre’s current seats have served their purpose for more than 20 years, and with these replacement seats we’ll improve the theatre-going experience for all our audiences.  We look forward to welcoming both new and returning patrons to experience our brand new seats in early 2011.” Says Jeff Melanson, Executive Director and Co-CEO of Canada’s National Ballet School.

The new seats are available for purchase for $750 each.  All seats will be identified with a name plate in recognition of the support given to NBS.  For information on purchasing a seat, please visit NBS’ website

About Canada’s National Ballet School

Canada’s National Ballet School is a world leader in the training of professional dancers and teachers. Dedicated to advancing the art of ballet, NBS develops dance professionals in a student-centred environment by weaving innovation with evolving practice in the finest teaching traditions. NBS graduates can be found as dancers, choreographers, artistic directors, teachers, and administrators in over 65 dance companies world wide, and in even more schools around the globe. NBS celebrated its 50th anniversary from September, 2009 – June, 2010.

Canada’s National Ballet School is grateful for the generosity of the following major supporters: The Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage, The Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario, Active 2010, the City of Toronto, the British Columbia Arts Council, Human Resources and Development Canada.

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