TORONTO Treasure: the National Ballet School of Canada, 350 Jarvis Street

NBS7The NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL of Canada, known internationally as a world leader in ballet training, recently celebrated its first half century.  The School provides dance training, academic instruction and student housing on its downtown campus.

NBS was founded by CELIA FRANCA and BETTY OLIPHANT, both now deceased.  It opened in a former Quaker Meeting House (still functional) at 111 Maitland Street, purchased for the sum of $80,000 <PHOTO ABOVE>.  Since the year 2000, the School has expanded greatly by renovating and occupying several buildings formerly owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  <PHOTO BELOW>