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Posted: February 23, 2012

Breakfast Television got a behind the scenes sneek peak at the RWB's upcoming production of Giselle, which will haunt the Centennial Concert Hall from March 7th to 11th.

Reporter Jenna Khan spent some time in the shoe room talking with Janet Anderson about what goes on behind the scenes to make a ballet dancers feet look so beautiful onstage. Then the well-known Breakfast Television reporter took in a bit of rehearsal time as Principal Dancer Vanessa Lawson worked through some of the more demanding scenes from Giselle with Artistic Director Andre Lewis.

Thanks City TV! And see you at Opening White Out!

Posted: February 22, 2012

Firsts Steps Choreographers
First Steps Choreographers | Photo: Bruce Monk

The 22nd annual First Steps Choreographic Competition was a great success! Friends, family and RWB Staff/Dancers were treated to a lovely night of creative dance. Awards were handed out at the Gala celebration on Saturday evening. Congratulations to all the winners and all the choreographers.

The Doreen Macdonald Scholarship is awarded to the choreographer who shows considerable talent and interest in design.  As a longtime Wardrobe Director for the RWB, Doreen Macdonald’s costumes always reflected her unique vision for a piece.  She had a natural flair for using whatever pieces were available and amalgamating them into the perfect costume. 

MARY GRACE KALNAY for “The Fear of Moving Forward”.

The Paddy Stone Scholarship is awarded to the choreographer whose work is judged the best in the jazz, tap or musical theatre genre. 

ALEX FEHR for “Without You”.

The People’s Choice Award is awarded to the choreographer whose work is voted most popular by the audience. 

MARK SAMPSON for “Now That We’ve Started”.

The First Steps Awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) are awarded to the choreographers whose works best demonstrate the most originality and promise.

The First Steps 2012 3rd Place award - MIMI KO for “Lame Duck”.

The First Steps 2012 2nd Place award - JARED EBELL for “Buona Fortuna”.

The First Steps 2012 1st Place award - MARK SAMPSON for “Now That We’ve Started”. Read more »

Posted: February 21, 2012

This note came in from Cornelia Kuchmy, who knew Arnold Spohr, Gweneth Lloyd & Betty Farrally.

I live in London, England,  and will be 84 next Birthday and knew Arnold Spohr before he got involved in Ballet. He was a very competent pianist and we used to walk home from piano classes together. We both studied piano with John Melnyk.
I used to accompany Saturday morning Ballet classes and knew both Gweneth
Lloyd and Betty Farrally. They were both an inspiration to all pupils and committed to making a success of the Ballet school.

It is lovely for me to read of the continuing success.

We contacted Ms. Kuchmy and she was able to send us a couple photos. She wrote: 'The first photo is of all of John Melnyk's pupils taken on April 14, 1946 and Arnold is there, in the front, and large as life! We were all in our late teens!'

From L. to R.---on floor--Lorraine Murray & Roy Maley (Winnipeg Tribune journalist) Seated first row Arnold Spohr, Pat Bernard, myself (Cornelia Gayowsky), Mr. John Melnyk, Sheila Munroe & Mrs. Munroe.

Standing; Melita Hensen, Alice Hill, Mr. Munroe and behind them Jack (Alice's boyfriend abd Wally Myer.

R, group; Marvin Johnson, Gilbert Munroe, Mr. Melnyk (senior) Miss Handel and Mrs. Melnyk (mother). Read more »

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