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In Montreal on Thursday, April 11, 2013, Eva von Gencsy went to heaven to dance with angels. She was born in Hungary and was trained in classical ballet by a Russian master. After leaving Hungary in 1944, she danced with many European companies. She arrived in Winnipeg in 1948 where she joined The Winnipeg Ballet (today The Royal Winnipeg Ballet) as Prima Ballerina. From 1953 to 1957, Eva was Les Ballets Chiriaeff's Prima Ballerina (today Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal). She was the star dancer of Canadian television until 1970. In 1972, she co-founded Les Ballets-Jazz de Montréal creating a new style of dance: ballet- jazz which became very popular among thousands of followers. Over the years she was given the Order of Canada and received many honours of recognition for her extraordinary work. She has taught, choreographed and influenced the dance world with her style. Loved by all, she lived a full, enchanted and "beautiful" life. She leaves to mourn her niece Valeria, her nephews, many close friends: Csilla, Sylvie, Olivier, Jean-Yves, Janos, Sherill, Ewa and many others, as well as the Canadian and international dance communities. We would like to thank the personnel of the cardiac care unit of the Hôtel Dieu hospital and especially Dr. Pierre Laramée for their exceptional care and love. It was greatly appreciated. A celebration of Eva's life will be held on May 10, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. at L'École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, 4816 rue Rivard in Montreal. Donations to L'École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec and/or the Cardiac Care Unit of the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital would be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be received at


Published in The Gazette on Apr. 13, 2013