“... yet, even at the young age of 18, she understands the value of depth in her character development: lebowitz dances with an ease of grace rarely seen at such a young age...” - Dance International Magazine, Summer 2009
“[lebowitz] has it all: effortless, confident technique, exquisite musicality, unforced acting and a special freshness and charm all her own...” - The Ottawa Citizen, 2009
“...lebowitz, whose achingly vulnerable juliet sent shivers down the spine…” - Uptown Magazine, 2009
“... although a
native of montana, she has the stage bearing of a classical russian ballerina.” - Review Vancouver, 2009
“… charismatic maureya lebowitz throws sparks every time she's on stage as a star ballerina in the making.” - Winnipeg Free Press, 2007
Maureya Lebowitz joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in the fall of 2007 as an apprentice and by the next season, at the tender age of 18, became the youngest dancer in RWB history to perform the title role in Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet.
Impressively, Lebowitz garnered four lead roles in her first 2 years in the company, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Wendy in Peter Pan, Clara Grand Pas de Deux in Nutcracker and Nathalie in RWB’s box-office hit Moulin Rouge-The Ballet, earning critical acclaim on the national stage for her technique, musicality, artistry and captivating stage presence. Dance International magazine’s summer 2009 cover story states [Lebowitz is] “Destined For Stardom. …With the poised elegance reminiscent of a young Margot Fonteyn and a natural sophistication beyond her years, Lebowitz is capturing the hearts of viewers everywhere she performs.”
Lebowitz, cast by renowned choreographer Peter Quanz as the lead female in RWB’s 2009/2010 season’s Quantz by Quanz, was also chosen to perform his new commission In Tandem at the Guggenheim Museum NYC and invited to join his project based company Q Dance for its 2010 debut, NAC Canada Dance Festival and Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur performances.
Requested as part of the British Monarchy’s Royal visit to Canada July 2010, Lebowitz and fellow RWB dancer Dmitri Dovgoselets performed a pas de deux before HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh.
Along with the RWB troupe, she also performed Itzik Galili’s Hikarizatto and Mark Godden’s As Above So Below before an international audience at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games Cultural Olympiad.
Lebowitz, as an RWB apprentice, was selected by Anna-Marie Holmes to perform the soloist role Fairy of Diamonds in The Sleeping Beauty, for which she was singled out by reviewers. Subsequent classical highlights include the challenging Pas de Trois and Cygnets in Swan Lake, Canari Fairy and Little Red Riding Hood in The Sleeping Beauty, Chinese and Pas de Trois in Nutcracker. Additional contemporary repertoire includes Toer van Schayk’s Seventh Symphony, All Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, The Four Temperaments, Serenade, Mauricio Wainrot’s Carmina Burana, Carmen the Passion, Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story. Peter Quanz's Double Bounce and In Tandem were created on her.
A Malibu, California native raised in Darby, Montana, Maureya began studying ballet at the age of five with Paige Harlen. She entered the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in 2001 and was the honoured recipient of the Julia Arkos Memorial Award, the Arnold Spohr Scholarship and the Prince Edward Award before graduating with distinction in 2007. Maureya was a finalist in the 2007 New York City Youth America Grand Prix Competition, then celebrated Banff Summer Arts Festival’s 60th Anniversary of Dance performing the first violin in Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco before starting her first season with the RWB.
Recently promoted to Second Soloist, Lebowitz relishes pushing her boundaries while working with choreographer Shawn Hounsell on Wonderland and is looking forward to making her debut as Mina Murray in Mark Godden's Dracula this upcoming season.