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Memorable Manitobans: Gweneth Lloyd (1901-1993)

Choreographer and dance producer.

Born at Eccles, England on 15 September 1901, daughter of Joseph Lloyd and Winnifred Stace, she came to Canada in 1938 with Betty Farrally. They founded the Canadian School of Ballet and the Winnipeg Ballet Club in 1939. Lloyd transformed the Winnipeg Ballet into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, receiving the Queen’s patronage in 1953. She produced 35 original ballets for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet before her retirement from the company in 1955. She moved to Kelowna, BC with Farrally in 1957 and co-founded the Canadian School of Ballet in Kelowna in 1962. She directed the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts from 1946 to 1965. In recognition of her exemplary community service, she received a Manitoba Centennial Medal (1970) and was inducted into the Order of Canada (1968). She died at Kelowna on 1 January 1993. In 2013, her former Winnipeg home was designated in the MHS Homes of Memorable Manitobans program.

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Betty Farrally (1915-1989)

Sources:

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 December 2014

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