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Anna McCowan-Johnson biography: 13 things about ballet dancer born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada

Anna McCowan-Johnson was a Canadian woman. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. She was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.
  2. She is Henry Wilmot and Michael Wilmot‘s sister.
  3. At a young age, she survived polio and scoliosis. She was later encouraged to take up ballet.
  4. As a teen, she attended Havergal College in Toronto, Ontario where she honed her passion and skill for dance.
  5. As an adult, she modelled extensively before choosing to pursue dance professionally. She was taught and mentored by Royal Winnipeg Ballet co-founder Gweneth Lloyd.
  6. She is the founder of The Whimsey Tree, a children’s clothing store in Yorkville, Toronto.
  7. In 1958, her first husband David Gilmour co-founded stereo maker Clairtone with Budapest, Hungary native Peter Munk.
  8. In 1961, she gave birth to Erin Gilmour.
  9. After divorcing David, she married George McCowan. They met while she was pursuing a dance career on CBC TV. She gave birth to their sons Sean McCowan in 1970 and Kaelin McCowan in 1972. She and George later divorced.
  10. She lived with Erin, Sean and Kaelin but in 1981, Erin moved out and lived in an apartment in Yorkville. In the same year, she met Donald “Don” K. Johnson. She married him and she became the stepmother of Virginia Johnson, Carter Johnson and Jessica Johnson. She and Don were loyal supporters of the National Ballet Company and National Ballet School in Canada.
  11. In 1983, she founded the Interplay School of Dance. On December 20, 1983, her daughter Erin was sexually assaulted and fatally stabbed in Erin’s apartment in Yorkville. Authorities have yet to identify the murderer or murderers.
  12. In 2008 she stepped down as the artistic director of the Interplay School of Dance.
  13. On August 15 2020, she died at the age of 86.

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