June Company Spotlight

Jun 22 2016 | Posted in Spotlight



Lia Cirio and Lasha Khozashvili in Lila York’s Celts; Photo by Rosalie O’Connor

Choreographed in 1995, the year before the Riverdance phenomenon hit North America, Lila York’s Celts is an exuberant fusion of ballet, modern, classical, and Irish folk dance set to the music of pulse pounding and foot stomping rhythms of Celtic music. It officially premiered in March 1996 with the Boston Ballet , “ensnaring the audience and lifting it to its feet with torrents of applause,” (“Learning to Lovett”: Boston Ballet’s “Hot and Cool,” April 4, 1996). The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is thrilled to present the Winnipeg premiere of Celts as part of the upcoming Mixed Programme shows on January 27-28, 2017 at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre.

New York-based choreographer Lila York had a 12-yeer dancing career with the world renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company and appeared in more than 60 works. Over the years, York has created works for the Royal Danish Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, The Juilliard Dance Ensemble and more. She also choreographed the critically-aclaimed The Handmaid’s Tale - the thrillingly theatrical ballet -– highlighting dark romanticism, emotional truth, and forbidden desires – was specially commissioned by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Celts’ inspired choreography is based on various Irish folk tales and showcases ensemble pieces and energetic solos along with pulses of Irish war drums and costumes in rich passionate colours. York shared, “It celebrates the resilience of the Irish. Their fortitude and stamina… ” (Irish Voice). The ballet springs to life with a pastiche score by The Chieftains, Mason Daring, William J. Ruyle, Bill Whelan and Celtic Thunder.

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Dance Intensive

RWB Recreational Division students Photo: RWB Archives

Looking for a fun and exciting way to enjoy the summer while strengthening their bodies? We have two amazing options for you! The RWB School Recreational Division’s Dance Intensive Program is a two-week training opportunity for kids and teens aged 9 to 18 can immensely help develop your child’s dance technique while having fun! There is no audition necessary; however a minimum of two years ballet training is a prerequisite. The positive atmosphere of this program is encouraging, supportive and social with great opportunities to make new friends.

This year, the RWB is excited to welcome special guest instructor Jacques Bourgouin to the Dance Intensive Program. Jacques Bourgouin is a teacher of 18 years at The Edmonton School of Ballet and Step by Step in Sherwood Park for 11 years. He was a ballet master and choreographer for the Edmonton Festival Ballet Company from 1997 until 2002. His training includes all three major ballet syllabi, Vaganova, R.A.D. and Cecchetti; and is also an examiner for the Edmonton School of Ballet Junior Grades program. Mr. Bourgouin will be joining the RWB School’s talented faculty to bring inspiration and cultivation to your children’s knowledge during their study at this year’s Dance Intensive Program.

Registration for RWB’s Dance Intensive Summer Camp closes on July 22. Click HERE to learn more information and to register.

For those of you who are 18 and up, we have our Adult Summer Dance program! Adult Summer Dance is a five-week RWB School Recreational Division program for adults of all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re an experienced dancer looking to refine your technique or a beginner keen to try something new, Adult Summer Dance has just the class to meet your needs. 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!

Classes for Adult Summer Dance have begun, but it isn’t too late to sign up! More information can be found here.

Build a career in dance with RWB’s Ballet Academic Program

Academic Program

RWB Professional Division Students Photo: RWB Archives

Students with the passion to dance are encouraged to audition for the RWB School Regular Session of the Ballet Academic Program. The program runs from September to June, in conjunction with the academic school year. Students may enter at age 11 or academic grade 6 and complete Level 7 with a Graduation Diploma during their academic grade 12 year.

Performance opportunities are an integral part of students’ education at the RWB School, and exist throughout the year at home venues such as the Centennial Concert Hall and the Shaw Arts Centre and for senior students, on the road with the School’s touring company, Concert Hour Ballet. First Steps, the RWB School’s student-run choreographic competition, is one of the highlights of the School year.

Concert Hour Ballet was one of my favourite memories of my time here. Being able to strengthen my relationships with fellow dancers and friends over a unique experience is something I will never forget,” says Erin Atkinson, Level 7 Graduate of the Ballet Academic Program.

Entrance to the Ballet Academic Program is by audition only. For more information please visit this LINK.

Cool off this summer with RWB’s Christmas in July Early Bird Offer

Christmas In July

Get $50 Nutcracker tickets from July 4-31!

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is celebrating the holidays early this year! RWB’s Christmas in July summer promotion gives Nutcracker fans a chance to buy specialty priced tickets at only $50 plus fee and taxes but using the promo code NUTINJULY. Get your tickets early and save!

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! And don’t forget the lovable Filbert The Bear and his new friends – Hazel the Polar Bear and her twelve cubs!

Tickets are available HERE!

*Discount applies to sections B,C,D only during Dec 22, 23 and 24 performances. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other dates. No cash value.


Ballet In The Park

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet invites everyone to Ballet In The Park, at the Lyric Theatre stage at 7:30 pm nightly from July 27 - 29, 2016. Presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Ballet In The Park is a great way to experience ballet. A tradition since the early 1970s, this FREE family–friendly event attracts more than 20,000 people annually, from Winnipeg and beyond

Ballet In The Park performances will include excerpts from Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, a retro retelling of everybody’s favourite fairy tale, accompanied live by legendary Winnipeg bandleader Ron Paley. To celebrate our Christmas In July promotion, excerpts from the quintessential holiday ballet Nutcracker will be performed. Audience members will also be treated to special performances from RWB School’s Professional and Recreational dance students.

Head here for more information!