In Memoriam

Adelle Deacon


Adelle Deacon

The National Ballet of Canada mourns the passing of Adelle Deacon, who brought her love, warm caring and generosity of spirit to the lives of so many dancers during her 56-year association with the company.

Adelle and her husband Paul were true champions of the National Ballet, joining the company on tour and to competitions, and hosting visiting and injured dancers at their home.   Paul was involved with the Board from 1969 – 1990, serving as President from 1975 – 1978. He sat on the Board of the Endowment Foundation, and on his passing in 1996, Adelle took his place on the Board.

Adelle and Paul were instrumental in supporting the original production of Rudolf Nureyev’s The Sleeping Beauty in 1972, and took out a mortgage against their home to inspire others to contribute.  The National Ballet is grateful for their dedication and passion, ensuring that the company has not only grown, but has thrived.

“I greatly admire the resolve and dreams of the dancers.  We do whatever we can to help them shine, and we’re rewarded in spades by their stunning performance.”
– Adelle Deacon