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 was accepted into the RWB Company as an Apprentice in 2013. She joined the corps de ballet in 2015 and was recently promoted to second soloist in 2019.
Bonnell has danced several lead and featured roles including Annie in Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, Lucy in Dracula, Dark Angel in Serenade, Moira in The Handmaid’s Tale, Sugar Plum Fairy and the Arabian pas de deux in Nutcracker, Stepsister in A Cinderella Story, and Tall Swans in Swan Lake. Her repertoire also includes Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo & Juliet, Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet, The Four Seasons, The Wizard of Oz, and Peter Quanz’s Luminous.
Bonnell has been part of three world premiers with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Lyla York’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Mark Godden’s Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, and James Kudelka’s Vespers.
Virginia Fleming at The Fleming School of Performing Arts
Sarah Baeumler at Balletomane
Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division
Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division Aspirant Program
Banff Professional Dance Program - Summer Intensive, 2013
Jacob's Pillow Ballet Program - Summer Intensive, 2012
New Zealand School of Dance - Summer Intensive, 2011