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Born: Aug 05, 1924

Date of Passing: Jan 05, 2015

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DAPHNE MARGARET KOROL On Monday, January 5, 2015, Daphne Margaret Korol passed away peacefully at West Park Manor Personal Care Home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was 90 years of age. Born Daphne Margaret Stanley-Harris on August 5, 1924 in Winnipeg, her ancestors included her great-grandfather Sir Charles Tupper, who was a Father of Confederation and Prime Minister in 1896 and her grandfather, William Johnston Tupper, who was the 12th Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba. Daphne was the only child of Bertrand Stanley-Harris and Emma Tupper. For a few years during her childhood, Daphne lived with her mother and grandparents at Government House in Winnipeg, while her father remained on the family's fruit plantation outside Buenos Aires, Argentina. Daphne's interest in dance was encouraged by her mother and she studied and performed with companies in South America and Canada before returning to Winnipeg in 1948. She married Taras (Ted) Korol, renowned costume and set designer, in 1956, who predeceased her, in 1998. Together, they were honoured as two of the most devoted and talented pioneers in the performing arts in Winnipeg and the Korol Studio, in the Pantages Theater, was named in their honour. Daphne dedicated her life to the arts she loved so well, and did so with extraordinary artistic expression and talent, as a dancer, actor, teacher, choreographer, artistic director, producer and mentor. Daphne received significant recognition during her lifetime for her immeasurable contributions to the arts. She taught ballet, drama, tap and flamenco over a period of 50 years. She earned an Advanced Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance, London, England. As an actress, Daphne worked under the direction of John Hirsh at Theater 77 and the Manitoba Theatre Centre. Daphne founded Shakespeare in the Park, which later became Shakespeare in the Ruins. She also founded the Children's Dance Theatre and co-founded Actor's Showcase, which later became Manitoba Theatre for Young People. As a Honorary Member of Dance Canada, her choreography earned her Gold Honours. Daphne was Fringe Festival Director for four shows of "Passacaglia", which earned five stars. She was a former dancer with the Ballet Ruse, as well as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, where she danced under the artistic direction of Arnold Spohr. Daphne performed in many of the early productions of Rainbow Stage and was lead dancer in "Brigadoon". Daphne was a longstanding member of the Canadian Actors Equity Association and ACTRA. She contributed to ACTRA workshops, stage and film-work and was also a director of choreography. As an actor, Daphne appeared in the kids' show, The Adventures of Shirley Holmes, in films for Guy Maddin and played parts in The Saddest Music in the World (2003), Shall We Dance (2004) and Clear Lake (2012). In 2007 Daphne was the recipient of the Victor Cowie ACTRA Manitoba Lifetime Achievement Award and in January 2014, she was the recipient of Dance Manitoba's Distinction for Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award and was personally congratulated for this honour by Winnipeg Mayor, Sam Katz. In August 2014, at the time of Daphne's 90th birthday, she was honoured at the premiere of Red Czarina Entertainment's documentary "Daphne Korol - The Drama Queen of Winnipeg". Above and beyond Daphne's passion for dance, theatre and film, was her deep devotion and love for her only son, Ivan, left to mourn his mother's passing along with Daphne's cousins Margaret Price and Jim Tupper, as well as her many dear friends, former students and colleagues. A celebration of Daphne's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Thomson Funeral Chapel, 699 Broadway, Winnipeg, followed by interment at Green Acres Funeral Home and Cemetery, Highway 1, East at Navin Road, Winnipeg. Sincere thanks are extended to everyone that corresponded with Daphne by mail, telephone and personal visits and performances during her hospital stay and eventual move to West Park Manor. Special thanks are extended to all the caregivers there for their exceptional kindness, care and interest in Daphne. Flowers are gratefully declined, however, in accordance with Daphne's wishes, donations may be made in her memory to a charity of choice. Daphne will forever be remembered for her passion, inspiration and vision for the future of the arts community. THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 669 BROADWAY, WINNIPEG, MB R3C 0X4 204-783-7211 Condolences may be sent to

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 07, 2015

Condolences & Memories (21 entries)

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Jess Korol. - Posted by: Sports Lover (Competed at Dancing With The Stars in Winnipeg in 2018) on: Jan 03, 2022

  • So sad to hear of Mrs. Korol’s passing. She was a great teacher and a large part of my childhood and adolescence I will always remember her - Posted by: Jennifer Anne Carmichael (Student of mrs.Korol) on: Aug 14, 2020

  • I first met Daphne when I was five years old, when she was teaching Saturday morning ballet lessons in the Women's Tribute Building at the corner of Woodlawn Street and Portage Avenue in St. James, Winnipeg. I went on to spend 5 of the best years of my life there learning to dance, and 'go on point'. It was such a joy having Daphne as my encouraging and beautiful teacher. I was mesmerized to watch her dance and spin, and show us how to do pirouettes, arabesque, grande battement, and play the castanettes (I never quite got the grasp of those!). When I was 10, Daphne encouraged me to shift to the Royal Winnipeg ballet school, which I did and enjoyed, but her teaching was by far the best in every way. After class at RWB I used to love watching the company rehearse, but the best part always was seeing a beautiful black and white photo of my former teacher Daphne Korol, gracing the wall. Perhaps it was when she danced Swan Lake- I don't know, but in my mind's eye she was wearing a lovely white feather headpiece with her head and eyes cast downward-- a moment of exceptional beauty. In my adult years I moved away from Winnipeg, only to return every year or two on treasured family vacations, which I still do. I never forgot Daphne or the important role she played in my life, and always wondered about her. Years later, when I was watching 'Shall We Dance?' at my local theatre here in Victoria BC, there she was in a cameo role! I was overjoyed to see her again-- still mesmerizingly beautiful and graceful in her senior years. I always wanted to visit her in Winnipeg to say thank you, and tell her how important she had been to me in my life. I didn't call, not wanting to intrude on her privacy after so many decades, and now I have learned she has passed... hesitation is not a good thing when it comes to love and appreciation for someone. I am sending my condolences to the family and must say in looking back over my life that Daphne Korol was one of the most amazing and talented people I have known. I will never forget her. - Posted by: Pauline James Curtis (former ballet student of Daphne's) on: Jan 21, 2016

  • If anyone ever made me feel appreciated as a flamenco dancer in Winnipeg, that was Daphne. Thank you for all your moral support and for being such a good friend. I will never forget the 2 weeks that we spent together in Spain a few years ago. - Posted by: Carmen (friends) on: Aug 24, 2015

  • My mother, Judy Acheson, was friends with Daphne from about 1956 when they were taking classes from Art Ziguras and John Hirsch and working at Theatre 77 and MTC. I remember as child hearing Mom talking to Daphne for hours on the phone. Mom was very fond of and had great respect for Daphne's talent and passion. She did a lot for Winnipeg in so many ways and will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Peggy Bainard Acheson (Friend ) on: Jan 30, 2015

  • I send my sincere sympathies to Ivan and extended family. I owe much of my beginning in my career as a community arts activist to Daphne. I am forever grateful to have known her. She inspired me to be true to my passions and go out in the world and do things. I have so many fond memories of my time with her. One of my favourites: Sunday night dinners at her house with Ted which included much storytelling of dance and theatre history in Winnipeg. My favourite memory of all of course is leading the committee responsible for successfully proposing that the City of Winnipeg designate the rehearsal studio at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre in honour of the lifetime contributions of Daphne and Ted Korol, two Winnipeg citizens, to the cultural life of the city and planning the tribute in 1995. What a grande dame she was for Winnipeg. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Darlene Williams (Friend/Mentor) on: Jan 14, 2015

  • I met Daphne soon after she moved into West Park Manor where my mother lives. She was at their table during meals. Daphne shared some history with my father, John Pierce, who acted in Winnipeg and was a radio announcer. I will have memories of Daphne at the Summer Garden Party. We were dancing and she wanted to get out of her wheelchair so badly. Once a dancer, always a dancer. Daphne talked about acting and looked closely for expression while people talked. We will miss seeing her during our visits at West Park Manor. What a creative personality! Our sympathies to her son Ivan and family members. - Posted by: Shelley Pratt (nee Pierce) ((Daughter of Joyce Pierce who lives at West Park Manor)) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • I knew Daphne the last few years of her life. I did not know of all these accomplishments only that I admired her for who she was and we had wonderful visits. The last time I saw her was this past Christmas time and as usual we had a very good visit. She will be missed. My sincere condolences to her son and other family members. Rest in peace. I hope I meet her again someday. We still have lots to catch up on. - Posted by: Christine Wollmann (Friend) on: Jan 09, 2015

  • Please accept my sincere condolences, Ivan. I loved your mother. Daphne was definitely one of a kind. I will miss her very much. - Posted by: Tusia Kozub () on: Jan 08, 2015

  • Dear Ivan: Deepest condolences for the loss of your mother. She was one of my oldest friends and also best supporter. She directed me in many plays when I lived in Winnipeg and was a loyal and dear friend. Her many talents and above all her generosity to everyone around her will be sadly missed. Daphne was in all senses a class act. - Posted by: Norma Harrs (friend ) on: Jan 08, 2015

  • My condolences to Ivan on the death of his mother Daphne. My late husband Larry and I were next-door neighbours to the Korols in the 1960s, and my sons and Ivan were playmates. Daphne directed me in the role of Doto in the Actors' Showcase production of Christopher Fry's 'A Phoenix too Frequent'. - Posted by: Rene Iles Jamieson (Colleague) on: Jan 08, 2015

  • Mrs. Korol was my first preschool dance teacher when I was 3. I clearly remember going over and over our 'butterfly' choreography. We were in three little circles, going forward and back at different times....we (probably me) couldn't get it right, but she promised the most amazing costume in return for getting the steps! She didn't disappoint, I wore the costume to school for the whole next year! Being a dance teacher now, she was very influential to me. I LOVED her red hair and matching outfits and wanted to be just like her! What an amazing legacy and impact she has given to the arts community!! A life lived with true passion and fashion! RIP. - Posted by: Leslie Drewitz (Robb) (Dance student) on: Jan 08, 2015

  • Your mother entertained many, including me as a young woman whose mother introduced me to Rainbow Stage, MTC, and the arts. My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your wonderfully gifted mother. Her passion for dance, theatre and more, became the light for many around the world who enjoyed her many roles. - Posted by: Laurie Gydé (Theatre fan) on: Jan 08, 2015

  • My condolences to Ivan and family. Daphne was one of my mother, Margaret Lyndon's best friends and they were involved in many theatrical adventures together. We went on a theatre trip to London with her a few years back. Daphne was a unique individual and Winnipeg will miss her vibrant spirit. - Posted by: Heather Hartry () on: Jan 07, 2015

  • Taras Korol was my high school fine arts teacher, and I was a fan of Daphne Korol. They influenced my life greatly. I pursued a music education degree, & have a great love & appreciation for dance, having studied in my early years with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. - Posted by: Elaine Aulis () on: Jan 07, 2015

  • Several years ago before Daphne became frail, she enrolled in our French Conversation class at Creative Retirement. We all got to know her, she was quite a "character" and added a lot to our class. We missed her when she stopped attending - we gathered for health reasons. - Posted by: Hilda Wagstaffe (We attended French classes at Creative Retirement) on: Jan 07, 2015

  • Mrs. Korol was one of my first ballet teachers at The Academy of Dance. I can see her clearly as we rehearsed our dance for the final recital. We were pearls in pink tutus. I will always remember her fondly. May you rest in peace and dance up a storm with your husband in the heavens! :-) - Posted by: Leah (Chwaiewsky) Bassett (Student) on: Jan 07, 2015

  • Dear Ivan, my condolences and long hug .. What a life your mom lived! She followed her passion to be sure. Take care and hope to deliver Toms hug in person. - Posted by: Cathy Murray (neighbour on Waterford) on: Jan 07, 2015

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Daphne at various functions for The Actors' Fund of Canada and CAEA. She was always gracious and welcoming and I was lucky enough to hear some of the stories of her career. My deepest condolences to her family. - Posted by: Sylvia Fisher (Acquaintance) on: Jan 07, 2015

  • She directed me when I did Shakepeare In The Park back in 1993. She was a good director. Very thorough. She was demanding of you but that's necessary for directing any show. I also remember taking a brief acting class with her in 1999 and she really knew how to get into character. Despite directing Shakespeare, it was obvious her biggest passion was dance. In fact you could talk about any form of dance with her and she was very knowledgeable. You could tell she had a passion for dance. It's obvious throughout her career she had a passion for all arts. I will always remember her passion. - Posted by: Jon Lewak (Former Student) on: Jan 07, 2015

  • Condolences Ivan on your Mother's passing. It was nice that my sons got a chance to meet her a few years ago when she was visiting Toronto as she was a unique and interesting person to talk to. Quite a remarkable list of accomplishments in the arts in Winnipeg and generally. Our thoughts are with you. Charlie Price - Posted by: Charlie Price (cousin) on: Jan 07, 2015

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