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RWB School Spotlight: RWB Celebrates Talented Graduates

PD Graduates 2014

Ballet Academic Program Graduates with Stephanie Ballard


The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School celebrated seven talented dancers as they received their graduation diplomas from the prestigious RWB School Professional Division Ballet Academic Program at a graduation ceremony at Asper Jewish Community Campus’ Berney Theatre on June 6. In addition to local graduates, several of the students relocated to Winnipeg to attend the seven level program from as far away as Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom.


In addition to proud family, friends and faculty, the RWB School welcomed acclaimed choreographer, personal coach and dance educator, Stephanie Ballard, as the commencement speaker.


RWB School Director, Arlene Minkhorst, led the convocation ceremony and welcomes The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and The Honourable Ron Lemieux, Minister of Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection to offer congratulatory remarks to the graduates on behalf of the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba, respectively. Dean Rob Bend also addressed the students on behalf of one of RWB School’s academic partners, the University of Winnipeg Collegiate.


Prior to the convocation ceremony, friends, family and RWB School faculty were treated to a final performance as all seven students presented selection of repertoire including excerpts from Paquita, La Fille Mal Gardée and Swan Lake.


Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet would like to congratulate the following RWB School Professional Division graduates for their hard work and dedication:

Akanbi Babatunde

Graduation Diploma

Newark, DE

Madeline Bez

Graduation Diploma

Vineland, NJ

Connor Coughlin

Graduation Diploma

Winnipeg, MB

Mark Griffiths

Graduation Diploma

West Kirby, England

Jin Ah Kim

Graduation Diploma

Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Shae-Lynn Martin

Graduation Diploma

Sherwood Park, AB

Saeka Shirai

Graduation Diploma with Distinction

Osaka, Japan


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