June Company Spotlight

Jun 17 2015 | Posted in Spotlight

Beyond the Stage

With Elizabeth Lamont

Ballerinas often symbolize elegance and grace. Their flawless movements, poised arms and pristine footwork appear so effortless on stage, however, behind the scenes, these represent many hours of practice, artistry and athleticism.

Elizabeth Lamont of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet has been with the company for five years and is currently second soloist with the Company. She shares with us how being a ballerina can be very physically challenging.

“We’re not just artists, we’re athletes - and when you train 6 hours day that’s the hardest part because it’s a lifestyle,” says Lamont. “When you get home your work is never done, but that’s also exciting because there is always something exciting to push towards.”

Lamont says training goes beyond just preparing for a show because she must train her body everyday. This task becomes even more intensive when she is paired with a new partner because she must learn to grow and adjust with that other person. There is a lot of trust between dance partners and they must learn to communicate through subtle movements, which also strengthens their relationship.

Company Dancer Beth Lamont; Photo by Maria Neufeld
Company Dancer Beth Lamont; Photo by Maria Neufeld

“My cast mates feel like family and I hope the audience senses that,” says Lamont. “I feel that I have gone beyond dancing and am focusing more on my artistic expression and technicality of my movements.”

To learn more about Elizabeth Lamont and other RWB Company Dancers, click here.

RWB Company Dancers; Photo by Vince Pahkala

Books and Ballet

The Millennium Library is curating display cases which features RWB’s 75 year history. The eight large cabinets will be available to the public to view all summer long. It showcases many interesting items including rare programs, ballet books, costume pieces, and more.

We Never Stop Dancing!

Have you always wanted to try out Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap or Modern? The RWB invites you to stretch your legs and leap into dance by sampling our summer classes for adults. From June 29th – July 30th, the RWB School Recreational Division offers Adult Summer Dance, a five-week program for adults of all ages and skill levels. Classes are available in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and modern dance with various options to suit your summer schedule. Be sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity to strengthen your body, focus your mind and express your individual style this summer – not to mention have some fun!

Students working hard in an Adult Summer Dance class. Photo courtesy of RWB.
Students working hard in an Adult Summer Dance class. Photo courtesy of RWB.

Also, coming this summer from August 9th – August 22nd is Dance Intensive, one of the only programs of its kind in North America. The RWB School Recreational Division Dance Intensive program is a two-week training opportunity for young dancers ages 9-18 looking to improve their skills and deepen their understanding of the art form in a positive and supportive environment.

Registration for regular session dance classes is also available from September 13th – June 3rd. RWB School’s Recreational Division offers quality dance instruction to dancers of all ages, levels and interests in a variety of classes such as: creative movement, ballet,pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap, modern, musical theatre, conditioning and hip hop, as well as specialized programs for boys and adults. Register Today! (link to RD registration)

Celebrate Christmas In July

Can’t wait for Nutcracker? Neither can we! Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is celebrating Christmas early this year! RWB’s Christmas in July campaign gives Nutcracker enthusiasts a chance to save 25% off tickets from July 6 - 31, 2015.

Planning on bringing a group of friends or family? The campaign includes an early bird group rate at $70 per ticket, including taxes and fees. Children’s tickets are $25, including taxes and fees.

Danced to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, this treasured holiday classic takes audiences on a wondrous adventure with Clara, her Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Sumptuous costumes and set designs make this classic sparkle, delighting audiences of all ages!

Call 204.956.2792 for more info.

Congratulations Grads

The RWB would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of our graduates, both in the Ballet Academic Program and the Teacher Training Program. We look forward to seeing what opportunities the world of dance will unveil to them as their journey continues. We have no doubt they will inspire the next generation of dancers.

2015 Graduates of the Ballet Academic Program

Diane Saller - Certificate of Study
Mako Ayata - Graduation Diploma
Anna Benko - Graduation Diploma
Regina Bertuzzi - Graduation Diploma
Isabella Pisapia - Graduation Diploma
Katie Simpson - Graduation Diploma
Morgan Thiessen - Graduation Diploma
Matthew Klippenstein - Graduation Diploma
Brandon Lockhart - Graduation Diploma
Liam Saito - Graduation Diploma
Luke Thomson - Graduation Diploma

2015 Graduates of the teacher training program

Stacha Penner - Graduation Diploma
Alex Schade - Graduation Diploma
Jessica Spirito - Certificate of Study
Elaine Neufeld - Certificate of Study

The Class of 2015; Photo by Leif Norman
The Class of 2015; Photo by Leif Norman

Ballet in the Park

RWB launches its 76th season with summer favourite Ballet in the Park, July 29 – 31. The free family-friendly event returns to Assiniboine Park for three outdoor performances on the Lyric Theatre stage at 7:30 pm nightly. Presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Ballet in the Park has been an annual Winnipeg tradition since the early 1970’s, attracting more than 20,000 people annually from Winnipeg and beyond. Save the date, bring your sunscreen and we’ll see you there!

Company Dancer Luzemberg Santana; Photo by David Cooper