Back row: Jeff Herd, RWB Executive Director; Andre Lewis, RWB Artistic Director
Front row: Philipe Larouche; Alia Tahiri; Kurt Werner; Lydia Redpath; The Hon. Flor Marcelino, Minister of Culture, Heritage and Tourism Manitoba; Keigo Nozaki; Natalia Perkovic; Manami Tsubai; Colby McGovern; Victoria Clerico; Katie Bonnell; Arlene Minkhorst, RWB School Director
Missing: Marilee Schroeder
Photo: Bruce Monk
Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division celebrated the remarkable accomplishment of its graduating class of 2011 this past Saturday. The successful graduates included 10 dancers from the Ballet Academic Program and one Teacher Training Program student, many of whom have relocated from all across North America and as far away as Japan and the United Kingdom to train at the world renowned school. Graduating from these demanding programs is an impressive feat in the young lives of these highly motivated students.
RWB dancer Liam Caines is headed East to take on a dance project in his home province. Here’s what Liam has to say about the project:
This summer I will be going home to New Brunswick and conducting a month-long creative residency in Saint John. I am being hosted by Port City Dance Academy, where I will be doing most of my work. I trained at this studio for eight years before joining the RWB School Professional Division. While I have had the pleasure to perform with PCDA a number of times since first venturing to Winnipeg, I'm looking forward to being back there for a full month.
The residency will include a lot of teaching and choreographing. One of the highlights for me is being able to run a two-week intensive dance program and to choreograph a piece specifically for local boys who are interested in dance. I have had the opportunity to teach a few ballet classes before, but this will be the largest endeavour I've taken of this type.
I must thank the Manitoba Arts Council for the generous grant I received from them. Their support has greatly helped me make this summer a reality. I can't wait to start dishing out the corrections and making those Saint John dancers sweat!
From May 12 to 16, RWB Corps de Ballet member Tristan Dobrowney competed in the Boston International Ballet Competition. Here is what Tristan had to say about his experience:
My experience in Boston was really amazing. I was staying with a friend who lives in Boston’s North End. I arrived on Wednesday (May 11) afternoon and then took a class at 5:30pm. Alex Lapshin was teaching class and it was great. The class was held at the Boston Ballet Building which is in Back Bay Area of the city and the theatre was about a block away. After class we had orientation where we chose our numbers. Class was at 8:30am the next day and then we had some rehearsal time at the theatre. I hung around at the theatre all day and I had a while before I had to perform because I was number 62. I didn't end up doing my variations until around 9:30pm that night. The first one was Diana and Acteon and it went pretty well. The second variation was from La Bayadere and it didn’t go as well as I had hoped. I didn't advance to the next round so I pretty much just had to do class on Friday. I watched the second round dancers that day and spent a bit more time exploring the city. All of the other competitors were very friendly and inspiring; it was very nice to be in close proximity with such amazing dancers. The entire city of Boston was so beautiful. All of the architecture is very amazing and the city is extremely walkable.