DANCER WILLY BLOK HANSON DIES

Dec 24, 2012

By Bob Komsic

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She once told an interviewer more than 20 years ago, she had planned to live to 100.

Dancer Willy Blok Hanson has died – at 98.

Born in Java to a French-Indonesian mother and a Dutch-Chinese father, she opened her first studio in Toronto shortly after moving to Canada in 1951, leading to a long career in which she won acclaim in the arts circuit.

She was part of a dance trio that performed live televised numbers on a weekly CBC review show.

Hanson also choreographed routines for director Norman Jewison as well as the National Film Board.

She is survived by her only child; Christilot Boyen, an equestrian who competed in four Olympics, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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