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.
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!