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A FOND FAREWELL: Dancers Emily Grizzell, Carrie Broda retiring after more than 15 years with RWB

Winnipeg, Manitoba (May 1, 2012) – Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is saying goodbye to two of its most lovable dancers. After over 15 years with the company, Soloist Emily Grizzell and Second Soloist Carrie Broda will be putting away their pointe shoes and retiring from the Company after Pure Ballet, which runs from May 9-13 at the Centennial Concert Hall. To commemorate their final performance, both dancers have selected a special piece that will serve as their farewell to RWB and the audience.

Corps de Ballet member, Zhen Guo Chen, who has given us so many memorable performances since joining the company in 2004, is also retiring from the RWB after this season.

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This new original work was choreographed by RWB Soloist Yosuke Mino specially for Grizzell’s final performance with the Company.

“Because I’ve danced with Emily for so long now, ever since I started with the company, it’s kind of become like a competition for us. That’s where the rivalry comes from,” explained Mino. “The revelry is to celebrate her retirement from the RWB and wherever her career takes her next.”

A native of Spokane, Washington, Grizzell trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division and graduated in 1996, joining the Company in 1997. Many of Grizzell’s memorable performances include her tragic Juliet, her sassy Nancy in Val Caniparoli’s Cinderella Story, Wendy in Peter Pan, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty and Clara in Nutcracker – a role performed countless times in her parents’ living room as a child.

“Winnipeg’s support of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet has allowed me to live my dream. I thank my lucky stars every morning that I get to move my body to music all day long, for a living,” said Grizzell. “Now I have been given a very nice going away present: one last dance with my favourite onstage partner.”

With controlled slow movements, this love duet unfolds to demonstrate a couple’s gentle passion, tenderness and affection. The weaving of the bodies, the meeting of emotions, and the changing of atmosphere from tenderness to ecstasy portrays a story that could only be told through dance. Broda has chosen to perform the duet with RWB Soloist (and real-life husband) Alexander Gamayunov for her final swan song.

Born in Saskatchewan, Broda trained professionally at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School before joining the Company as an apprentice in 1998. During her time with the RWB, Carrie has performed numerous roles including the White Cat in The Sleeping Beauty, her delectable Sugar Plum Fairy and her sensuous Arabian in Nutcracker.

“I want to thank the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for taking a chance on this Saskatchewan girl, who was pretty green. It has been an amazing journey and one I will hold very close to my heart,” said Broda. “I feel very lucky to be to dancing such an emotional piece with my husband for my final performance.”

Tickets for Pure Ballet range from $33.00 -$97.50 and are available through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue (Mon-Fri, 10 am-5 pm) or by calling (204) 956-2792 or 1-800-667-4792 toll free. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster at or by calling 1-855-985-5000. Groups of ten or more may contact the RWB Groups Manager at (204) 957-3494 or email to save 20% on great seats for Pure Ballet.

Subscriptions for the 2012/13 Season are also available through the RWB Customer Service Office by calling (204) 956-2792. RWB’s 2012-13 Fairy Tale Fantasy Season includes Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & The Goblin, Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, and Moulin Rouge ® – The Ballet. Subscribers save up to 20 per cent over single ticket prices and access to priority seating for all performances.

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is proud to acknowledge Pure Ballet Performance Sponsor Wawanesa and Performance Partner Arnold Bros. Transport Ltd. for their generous support. The RWB also wishes to acknowledge the support of its funders: Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council and Arts Stabilization Manitoba Inc.


For more information, photos or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Hayley Brigg
Publicity Manager, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet
380 Graham Ave Winnipeg, MB R3C 4K2
T: 204.957-3447 / C: 204.223.4010


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