Kylie Duggan & Zachary Rogers at First Steps 2012
Egyptic by Rachel Cooper
RWB School RD students participated in The 5678 Showtime Convention and Competition convention March 15-17 in Winnipeg. Big congrats goes out to all the students and teachers who were involved! Check out the pieces that placed in the top 3!
Pre-Jazz Dance Ensemble – Monster High by Darilyn Burdeniuk – 3rd place
Junior Jazz Dance Ensemble –Sparkling Diamonds by Darilyn Burdeniuk – 2nd place
Intermediate Jazz Dance Ensemble – Egyptic by Rachel Cooper – 2nd place with an invite to Dance World Cup*
Senior Lyrical Jazz – Enchanted by Rachel Cooper – 3rd place with an invite to Dance World Cup*
Junior Tap Dance Ensemble – Military Talk by Julie Gregorchuk – 1st place with an invitation to Dance World Cup*
Intermediate Tap Dance Ensemble – Shout! by Aimee Brasko – 2nd place
Senior Tap Dance Ensemble – Singin’ In the Rain – 3nd place
Aisha Kunzig solo by Rachel Cooper – 1st place with an invite to Dance World Cup*
Soleil Kunzig solo by Nicole Egeland – 2nd place
Delaney Giesbrecht solo by Karin Giesbrecht – 2nd place
Danika Burdeniuk solo by Darilyn Burdeniuk – 3rd place
Vanessa Bermisa solo by Nicole Egeland – 3rd place
Marina Lamontagne solo by Kira Kjear – 1st place
Do Your Thing tap group by Darilyn Burdeniuk – 3rd Place
Danika Burdeniuk solo by Darilyn Burdeniuk – 2nd Place
For 15-year-old ballet students Regina Bertuzzi and Liam Saito, First Position is more than an acclaimed ballet documentary about one of the world’s largest dance competitions, it’s part of their personal success story. The two Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Level 5 students were offered the opportunity of a lifetime by RWB School Director Arlene Minkhorst last year at the prestigious Youth American Grand Prix in New York. Minkhorst, who has been a member of the competition’s jury for more than a decade, recognized these two talented youngsters as an ideal fit for the RWB School and offered them both scholarships on the spot.
“Youth American Grand Prix attracts the world’s highest caliber ballet dancers, and only the best of those make it to the finals in New York,” says Minkhorst. “The competition provides an unrivalled opportunity to scout new talent.”
Minkhorst will be leading the introductory Q&A to the award-winning documentary First Position when it’s shown at Cinamatheque on April 14th at 2pm. Bess Bergman’s box office hit First Position follows six extraordinary dancers as they prepare for the chance to enter the world of professional ballet. The story portrays the struggle that young dancers face, from bloodied feet and near exhaustion to debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence.
First Position had its World Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was named the audience choice’s first runner-up for Best Documentary. It also won the Jury Prize at the San Francisco Doc Fest, the audience award for Best Documentary at the Dallas International Film Festival, the audience award for Best Documentary at the Portland International Film Festival, and the audience award for Best Documentary at DOC NYC. Read more »