RWB Guest Becomes Principal Dancer

Apr 24 2014 | Posted in Press Releases


RWB guest Liang Xing becomes principal dancer

Winnipeg, MB (April 24, 2014) – Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet proudly announces the promotion of several talented dancers just in time for the final show of the 2013/14 season, Mixed Programme (May 7-11, Centennial Concert Hall).

Featured in the new roster for the upcoming 75th anniversary season is Liang Xing, who is being welcomed into the Company as a Principal dancer. Born in Beijing, China, Liang Xing was previously a guest artist at the RWB during 2013/14 season. Liang is known for captivating audiences as the Nutcracker Prince in Nutcracker, and Romeo in Romeo + Juliet.

Second Soloist Yayoi Ban will become a Soloist as she enters her 9th season in the Company, and Corps de Ballet dancers Sarah Davey and Tristan Dobrowney have each been promoted to Second Soloist.

Apprentices Manami Tsubai and Yoshiko Kamikusa will become Corps de Ballet dancers.

Meanwhile, Aspirant Jaimi Deleau will join the Company as an Apprentice and the RWB welcomes two new Apprentices, Amy Chieko Young and Tyler Carver.

“The promotion of dancers brings with it a great deal of excitement. We are always proud to see our dancers move up the ranks of our Company,” said André Lewis, Artistic Director of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. “Our 75thanniversary season presents new creations and enduring classics which will showcase the impeccable talent and versatility of our Company.”


Liang Xing hails from Beijing, China where he trained in classical ballet and contemporary for seven years at The Beijing Dance Academy. He joined the National Ballet of China in 2007 and was promoted to Principal dancer in 2011. His performance credits include Onegin in Onegin, Sorol in La Bayadère, Anderson in The Little Mermaid, the Prince in Swan Lake; as well as lead roles in Nutcracker, The Yellow River, The Red Detachment of Women, The Peony Pavilion, Pink Floyd Ballet, Song of the Earth and Diana and Acton. Xing has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including winning Silver Prize at the Moscow International Ballet Competition (2009) and Silver at the Shanghai International Ballet Competition (2007).


Yayoi Ban (Ezawa) hails from Chiba, Japan, where she trained at Rei Classical Ballet Institute, under Reiko Togashi, and Momoko Tani Ballet before joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in 2001. After completing two years in the Aspirant Program, she joined the Company as an Apprentice in 2005. Yayoi was promoted to Second Soloist in 2012. Ban’s roles include Great Great Grandmother Irene in Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & The Goblin, Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker, Violente Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and as part of the RWB Company in The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude. She has also performed in Romeo & Juliet, Dracula, Swan Lake, Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story and Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan, as well as contemporary works such as Mark Godden’s Angels in the Architecture and As Above, So Below, Itzik Galili’s Hikarizatto, Mauricio Wainrot’s The Messiah andCarmina Burana, and Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco.

In 2011, Ban performed Peter Quanz’s In Tandem at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and in 2012 she performed in Yosuke Mino’s Kevät as part of Q Dance.


Sarah Davey, a native of Waterdown, Ontario, began dancing at the age of 3. She graduated from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in 2007 and trained in the Aspirant Program until 2009, and then joined the RWB as an Apprentice. Davey was promoted to the Corps de Ballet in 2011. Since joining the RWB Davey has performed in Moulin Rouge – The Ballet®,Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Wonderland, Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story,Dracula and The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, Carmina Burana, Romeo and Juliet andLuminous. Along with the RWB troupe, Davey performed Itzik Galili’sHikarizatto and Mark Godden’s As Above, So Below before an international audience at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games Cultural Olympiad. Most recently she was seen as Sugar Plum Fairy and Arabian in Nutcracker, White Cat in The Sleeping Beauty, as well as Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & The Goblin.

Tristan Dobrowney, originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, began training with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in June 2002. He joined the RWB Company in 2008 as an Apprentice and was promoted to the Corps de Ballet in 2011. Dobrowney’s repertoire includes The Prince in Nutcracker, Matthew in Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet and Curdie in Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & The Goblin. He has performed in Peter Pan,Romeo & Juliet, Dracula, Swan Lake and Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story. For the world premiere of Wonderland he danced as part of the Tweedledee & Tweedledum duo. His other RWB repertoire includes Mauricio Wainrot’sCarmina Burana; Peter Quanz’s Quantz by Quanz and In Tandem; Mark Godden’s As Above, So Below; Itzik Gaili’s Hikarizatto and Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room.

For the past three seasons Dobrowney was invited by acclaimed choreographer Peter Quanz to perform in Q Dance.

About Mixed Programme

The RWB closes the season with a mixed programme featuring three stunning Winnipeg premieres from the world’s leading contemporary ballet choreographers. The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude is William Forsythe’s affectionate homage to Petipa and Balanchine. Performed on pointe, the fast-paced, high energy work certainly lives up to its name, providing a breathtaking display of classical technique, precise footwork and courtly partnering. The Four Seasons, by James Kudelka, is a rich interpretation of the journey of life. Hailed by critics as a “modern masterpiece” and danced to Vivaldi’s four violin concertos, the ballet integrates brilliant ensemble work with virtuosic solos and breathtaking pas-de-deux. Winnipeg’s own Jorden Morris will create a new signature work, Défilé, in celebration of the connectivity of the RWB Company and the RWB School’s Professional Division.

What: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Mixed Programme
Location: Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date: May 7-11, 2014
Time: May 7, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30pm; May 11 at 2pm
Tickets: Single tickets are available online at, in person through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue or by calling 204-956-2792 or toll free 1-800-667-4792. Groups of ten or more should contact the RWB Customer Service Office for more information on group discounts.

To purchase tickets for the 2014/15 season

Season subscriptions are now available in person through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue or by calling 204-956-2792 or toll free 1-800-667-4792. Single tickets will be available for purchase on Tuesday, May 20. Groups of ten or more should contact the RWB Customer Service Office for more information on group discounts.

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.


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