Elizabeth Betty Percy



Life and Work

Betty began her dancing career early, taking lessons in Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver and in New York City at the Ned Wayburn School of Dance, the same school that trained Fred Astaire. Coming to Innisfail from Calgary to teach dance in 1930, she met and married Richard Percy in. They had three daughters.

Her dance pupils around Central Alberta learned to dance ballet, as well as tap and highland forms. Betty would frequently choreograph the dance scenes in local theatre productions.

With three daughters, Betty also led Girl Guides and is a member of Women's Institute. She taught the King's Messengers, a children's group at the Anglican Church, and sings in the choir. She belongs to the Red Cross Society and the Masonic Lodge International Orders of Daughters of the Empire (IODE). She is also a champion golfer.


Letter of Appreciation

A truly remarkable lady... She has touched many people's lives in this and surrounding communities through her dancing and community involvement. What a wonderful example of love for her home and community.