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Posted: April 13, 2011

The RWB hits the road again today! After wrapping up Wonderland and RWB’s Ballet au Chocolat Gala in Winnipeg, the company is heading East. The dancers will perform Moulin Rouge – The Ballet in Montreal April 14-16 at Place des Arts. They will also perform one night in Québec City on April 18 at  The Grand Theatre of Québec. Gael Lambiotte, guest principal dancer will join the Company on stage as Matthew – his last performances with the RWB. Don’t miss it!

Vanessa Lawson & Gael Lambiotte Photo: David Cooper

Posted: April 12, 2011

Arnold Spohr

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet would like to commemorate the passing one year ago of Arnold Spohr, RWB’s Artistic Director Emeritus. Mr. Spohr spent most of his life at the RWB as a dancer, choreographer and finally Artistic Director for thirty years. His extraordinary presence at the ballet is deeply missed.

“Mr. Spohr spent most of his life working for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He was absolutely instrumental in bringing the Company to international prominence, and he put his heart and soul into realizing that vision. We at the RWB are humbled and proud to carry on his legacy.” – RWB Artistic Director, Andre Lewis.

Posted: April 12, 2011

In any given 90 hour period, the 100 students of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division maintain a rigorous schedule as they strive to become the next generation of dance artists.

The young dancers, along with the RWB School faculty and support staff, will have cumulatively participated in 96 hours of dance classes with another 45 hours of repertoire rehearsal within that time period. The RWB physiotherapy team will have spent 12 hours keeping the young dancers fit and able to meet the demands of their training. Over 40 hours of designing, cutting and sewing of costumes will have been done by the RWB wardrobe team, along with at least three hours of costume/shoe fittings and another nine hours of building props and scenery by the production team, all in preparation of our 40th anniversary show coming up in May. Additionally, each student will have personally partaken of nine nutritious meals (and snacks!) prepared by our residence chefs, spent 12 hours in academic classes, another four and a half hours in study hall and at least five hours worth of calling home to their families all over the world. And, hopefully, they will have also got some well-deserved sleep somewhere along the way!

Debra Zoerb
Director of Operations, School

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