Jul 09 2015 | Posted in Press Releases

Company names three Principal Dancers and welcomes seven new dancers

Winnipeg, MB (July 8, 2015) - Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet announces today the promotion of five of the Company’s dancers. The RWB also welcomes seven new dancers and the return of a former Principal Dancer. Sophia Lee and Dmitri Dovgoselets have each been promoted from Soloist to Principal Dancer. Joining them is Jo-Ann Sundermeier who is returning to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a Principal Dancer. RWB Company Dancer, Alanna McAdie is promoted to Second Soloist, and Katie Bonnell, Jaimi Deleau, and Tyler Carver are promoted from Apprentices into the Corps De Ballet. The RWB is also welcoming four new dancers to the Company: Second Soloists Kostyantyn Keshyshev (Hong Kong Ballet) and Josh Reynolds (Smuin Ballet, San Francisco) and Corps de Ballet dancer Sarah Po Ting Yeung (Hong Kong Ballet). Joining as Apprentices are Jesse Petrie, Yue Shi, Saeka Shirai, and Philippe Larouche.



Born in Seoul, Korea, Sophia Lee trained in Langley, BC before being accepted into the RWB School Professional Division. Upon graduation, Lee spent a year in the School’s Aspirant program before being promoted directly into the Corps de Ballet in 2011. She was promoted to Soloist in 2013. Most recently, Lee performed leading roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Annie in Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation, Juliet in Romeo + Juliet, and Clara in Nutcracker. Her repertoire also includes Nathalie (Moulin Rouge – The Ballet), Moira (The Handmaid’s Tale), Lilac Fairy (Sleeping Beauty), and the lead role in Carmina Burana. She was selected by Twyla Tharp to dance the role of the Queen of the Underworld in Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & The Goblin, and has had roles created for her, including Svengali’s First in Mark Godden’s Svengali, as well as a solo set to Hallelujah in Jorden Morris’ The Doorway: Scenes from Leonard Cohen.


Originally from Pompano Beach, Florida, Jo-Ann Sundermeier began ballet lessons with Liana Navarro in Miami, Florida before joining the RWB School’s Professional Division. She became an Apprentice with the Company in 2003, and in 2012 she was promoted to Principal Dancer. In 2013, she left the RWB to join Smuin Ballet in San Francisco, California. Her repertoire includes numerous lead roles including Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Giselle (Giselle), Myrta (Giselle), Clara (Nutcracker), Tinkerbell (Peter Pan) and Fairy Godmother (Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story). Some roles created on Sundermeier include La Goulue (Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet) and Mother (Svengali). Sundermeier’s image was the face of the 80th anniversary of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Summer Festival. She has performed as part of the Winter Olympics Cultural Olympiad, and was also featured alongside fellow Company dancers on a Canadian minted coin commemorating the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s 75th anniversary.


Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Dmitri Dovgoselets trained at The National Ballet School of Ukraine in Kiev. Following graduation in 1996 he joined The National Ballet of Ukraine, where he danced for two seasons. He toured Canada with The National Ballet of Ukraine and Shumka Ukrainian Dancers before joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as an Apprentice in 1998. He was promoted to Soloist in 2005. Dovgoselets has performed an extensive repertoire including Albrecht in Giselle, Romeo in Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo + Juliet and the roles of Prince Désiré and Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty. Most recently, he performed the leading role of Prince Siegfried in the 2015 production of Swan Lake. Dovgoselets performed one of the leading roles, Monastatos, in the filming of The Tale of the Magic Flute, the made-for-television version of Mark Godden’s ballet. Dovgoselets’ current roles also include performances in Going Home Star, Truth and Reconciliation, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Peter Pan.



Alanna McAdie is a graduate of the RWB School Professional Division and joined the Company as an apprentice in 2010. She made her debut as young Clara in Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker when she was twelve. In 2008, while training at the RWB School, she was awarded the Juanita Y. Alexander Award for Artistic Excellence. In 2015, McAdie performed the roles of Nisica in Going Home Star, Truth and Reconciliation and Clara in Nutcracker.


Josh Reynolds began his dance training at the age of 12 at Georgia Academy of Dance, and later went on to train at The Rock School in Philadelphia and School of American Ballet in New York. In 2003 he began his career at Atlanta Ballet performing leading roles in Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Sinfonietta Giocosa, The Great Gatsby, and Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room. In 2010 Reynolds joined Milwaukee Ballet where he became the youngest artist to ever portray the title role in Michael Pink’s Dracula. He danced various repertoire including new works by Mauro de Candia and Darrell Grand Moultrie. In 2012 Reynolds joined Smuin Ballet in San Francisco. While at Smuin Ballet.


Kostyantyn Keshyshev started dancing in 2002 at the Odessa Ballet Academy in his hometown in Ukraine. In 2005, he moved to Vancouver and continued his training at the Goh Ballet Academy where he received numerous scholarships, including The Hnatyshyn Foundation Grant. In 2007, Keshyshev participated in The Genée International Ballet Competition and was awarded the Silver Medal. The same year, he joined the Hong Kong Ballet.



Originally from Oakville, Ontario, Katie Bonnell started dancing with Virginia Fleming and Sarah Baeumler before beginning her training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in 2008. She joined the Aspirant Program in 2011 and was promoted to Apprentice in 2013. In 2015, Bonnel performed the role of Annie in an excerpt of Going Home Star, Truth and Reconciliation at the TRC’s Closing Ceremony in Ottawa.


Jaimi Deleau began dancing at the age of three at Kids Etc. Youth Movement Company in Winnipeg. At the age of ten, she was accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division and later into the RWB School’s Aspirant Program. She also attended summer intensives at the New Zealand School of Dance and the Banff Summer Professional Dance Program. Deleau joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company as an Apprentice in 2014.


Sarah Po Ting Yeung was born in Hong Kong and started her ballet training at the Jean M. Wong School of Ballet. While she trained there, Sarah received the Dame Margot Fonteyn Award 2005-07 from the Tsinforn C. Wong Memorial Scholarship to attend the Hamburg Ballet School in Germany. After dancing with Dreseden Semper Oper Ballet, Germany and Dutch National Ballet, Holland, she returned to Hong Kong to complete further study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She joined The Hong Kong Ballet as an Apprentice in 2010, and was engaged as a member of the Corps De Ballet in 2011.


Tyler Carver joined the RWB as an Apprentice in 2014. During the 14/15 season, he performed in Going Home Star, Truth and Reconciliation, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and in the RWB School Professional Division’s production of La Bayadére: Kingdom of the Shades.


Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet would also like to welcome our new apprentices, Jesse Petrie, Yue Shi, Saeka Shirai, and Philippe Larouche.

Subscriptions for the 2015/16 Season are also available through the RWB Box Office Office by calling(204) 956-2792. RWB’s 76th season includes Giselle, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Nutcracker, Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, Q Dance, Peter Pan and Spotlight. Subscribers save up to 40 per centover single ticket prices and access to priority seating for all performances.

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