Royal Duchess to visit RWB on inaugural trip to Winnipeg

Apr 25 2014 | Posted in Press Releases


There is much anticipation and excitement at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet this coming May. Her Royal Highness, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting the Royal Winnipeg Ballet on May 21.

This will be the third visit to Canada for the Duchess but will be her first visit to Winnipeg. In 2012, she travelled with Prince Charles to New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan on a four-day tour to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“We are delighted that Her Royal Highness has included the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in her first visit to Winnipeg. This is a special time for the RWB as we launch our 75th Anniversary season,” shares Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Artistic Director, André Lewis.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet has a special connection to the Royal Family being the first and only ballet company in North America to hold the “Royal” designation. In 1953, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet received its royal title, the first granted under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

During her visit, Her Royal Highness will observe a performance by students of the RWB School Professional Division and also have an opportunity to engage with children from RWB’s Community Outreach Program led by former RWB Principal dancer and current Ballet Master, Jaime Vargas. The Duchess will also be able to observe the ExplorAbility Program – RWB’s special program for adults with varied movement abilities led by RWB Artistic staff, Jacqui Davidson.

“This will truly be a unique Royal visit as the Duchess will be able to get to know the Royal Winnipeg Ballet on so many levels and she will get to experience the connectivity of the Dance Company with the RWB School and the community,” adds RWB’s Executive Director, Jeff Herd. “She will experience RWB beyond the stage, beyond ballet.”

About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Founded in 1939, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premiere ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America. Versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are the trademarks of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. RWB’s superlative standards keep the Company in demand around the globe as it presents more than 150 performances every season across Canada and in the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Japan, Asia and Mexico. Under the artistic direction of André Lewis for 18 years, the Company is said to have never looked more resplendent, more assured, and more ravishing.


For further media information, please contact

Jane Puchniak I RWB Public Relations Coordinator

T. 204.957.3456 I C. 204.223.4010