PD Artistic Faculty
Marijka Stanowych has spent the last eighteen years guiding students through Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Recreational Division, Professional Division and Teacher Training Program in the disciplines of ballet, pointe and character. A proud graduate of the RWB School Teacher Training Program, Ms. Stanowych also studied in Kyiv, Ukraine at the Choreographic School of the Ukrainian State Ensemble and she holds her Licentiate teaching designation from Cecchetti Canada.
Ms. Stanowych credits her own teachers, including, Tetyana Ahkykian, Mykola Apuhktin’ and Julia Arkos for instilling in her a deep respect for the artform. She continues to learn from those around her including other teachers and guest teachers at the RWB School, most notably Prima Ballerina Assoluta Eva Evdokimova with whom she had the opportunity to observe working with Professional Division students in preparation of the School’s production of La Sylphide. She has been passing on her love of dance for over twenty-five years as a dancer, teacher and choreographer of Ukrainian dance and ballet. Sharing her gift globally, Ms. Stanowych has toured extensively in Asia, Australia, Canada, and the United States.
Closer to home, Ms. Stanowych has held the roles of Artistic Director of Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and guest choreographer for local Ukrainian dance groups including Verba Ukrainian Dance Company and Zirka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. Ms. Stanowych has adjudicated dance festivals in Alberta and Manitoba and has also been a guest faculty member at local and international Cecchetti Workshops.
Her choreographic credits include works for RWB School Professional Division performances such as Miniatura (Ballet in the Park), the “Maypole dance” in Coppelia, and, her personal favourite, the “Chickens” in La Fille Mal Gardee. She has also prepared Professional Division students for performances in The Sleeping Beauty with the RWB Company and has created numerous recital and Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival pieces for the Recreational Division.