Grant Strate

First Law Alumnus of the University of Alberta to be a Charter Member of the National Ballet of Canada

  • Born 1927, Cardston, AB
  • 1950, Graduated from University of Alberta, Faculty of Law
  • Became dancer, choreographer, teacher and academic
  • A charter member of the National Ballet of Canada, 1951 - 1970
    • Soloist
    • Choreographer
    • Teacher
  • 1962 – Guest teacher at Julliard School of Music, New York
  • 1970 – 1980 Founding Chair York University Department of Dance
  • 1980 – 1989 Director of School for Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University

Awards and Honours include

  • Order of Canada
  • 1995 Canada Council Award, Jacqueline Lemieux Prize
  • 1996 Governor General’s Performing Art Award
  • 1999 Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree, from Simon Fraser University
  • 2006 Made Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Fostered and facilitated artistic experimentation, the explosion of independent dance in Canada starting in the 1960’s Continues to teach at the Harbour Dance and Arts Umbrella in Vancouver and to choreograph.

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