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Posted: May 30, 2011

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.

Posted: May 26, 2011

Q Dance - In Winnipeg
Friday, May 27 at 7:30pm
Saturday, May 28 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Tickets: Tickets for Q Dance are $25 and can be purchased by emailing:
Location: Rachel Browne Theatre, 204-211 Bannatyne Avenue
Choreographer Peter Quanz presents Q Dance at the Rachel Browne Theatre May 27 and 28. This intimate triple-bill will include Quanz’s Beautiful Stranger and Luminous, and Yosuke Mino’s Koji. Performing the works are RWB dancers Vanessa Lawson, Amanda Green, Jo-Ann Sundermeier, Alexander Gamayunov, Yosuke Mino, Maureya Lebowitz, Tristan Dobrowney and Harrison James. Costumes for Q Dance were created by Anne Armit. Read more »

Posted: May 17, 2011

Don’t miss In Concert, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division’s year-end showcase. This year’s performance features George Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony, ‘Hula’ from William Forsythe’s The Second Detail, Yosuke Mino’s Kafe and the one-act story ballet Fairy Doll. In Concert will be performed at the CanWest Global Performing Arts Centre from May 18 – 22.

Joining the Professional Division students on stage for Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony are RWB Dancers Jo-Ann Sundermeier, Alexander Gamayunov, Maureya Lebowitz and Harrison James. RWB Soloist Yosuke Mino will perform his pas de deux Kafe with Lebowitz.

Jo-Ann Sundermeier, Alexander Gamayunov. Photo: Gustavo Levy production supporter Angela B. Ross Photograph from Scotch Symphony, © 1952 The George Balanchine Trust.

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