February 11, 1987 The President today announced his intention to nominate Sally Brayley Bliss to be a member of the National Council on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 1992. She would succeed Martha Graham.
For the past 4 years, Mrs. Bliss has been a participating member of the national screening committee for dance for the Fulbright-Hays scholarship program and has recently become a member of the board of visitors at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Mrs. Bliss is a former dancer, having performed for 7 years with the National Ballet of Canada; and artistic director for the Joffrey II Dancers, with whom she was affiliated for 16 years. Mrs. Bliss was a principal dancer with both the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera, and she was a guest artist with the American Ballet Theater and the Joffrey Ballet. She is a guest teacher, lecturer, and consultant both in the United States and Canada; and her current primary project is authoring a book on the changes in the field of dance over the last 30 years. She is married, has two children, and resides in Oyster Bay, NY. Mrs. Bliss was born September 18, 1937, in London, England.