Cara Tahiri on her daughter Alia’s graduation from the RWB School Professional Division:
Recently, I had the pleasure to be Winnipeg to celebrate the wonderful occasion of my daughter graduating from the RWB School Professional Division.
I began to think of the very first time I traveled to Winnipeg. Seven years ago I packed up our van along with Alia, took two of our other children with us, left two babies at home with my husband, and set out from Wisconsin for Winnipeg, Canada.
We asked Amar Dhaliwal, RWB Second Soloist and a hockey fan what he thought about the return of the NHL to Winnipeg. Here’s what he had to say:
As someone who has come from a hockey city (Edmonton), I feel that the return of the NHL to Winnipeg brings great promise for all of the hockey hungry fans who have been patiently waiting for this day to come. As a Royal Winnipeg Ballet dancer I know firsthand that this city has a great capacity for supporting of its institutions. Our community understands the importance of keeping up with tradition and with maintaining the things that make our city great. This is how we got the team back, and this is how we will keep them. I am looking forward to having a professional team back among us and welcoming them back.
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.