Former Principal Dancer and current Ballet Master & Outreach Program Coordinator Jaime Vargas visits Saskatchewan to share his love of dance and movement with students of all ages. Jaime is presenting his lecture ‘A DAY IN A DANCERS LIFE’ as well as getting students moving with dance classes. Jaime’s passion is taking him places! This is also leading up to the RWB Company’s prairie tour. They’ll perform The Sleeping Beauty in Regina, Saskatoon & Brandon next beginning next week.
The School’s annual choreographic competition, First Steps, took place from February 12 to 15 in the Founders Studio and culminated with a Gala Performance and Awards Ceremony on February 16. We were pleased to have Ms. Leticia DiRisio, Branch Manager of CIBC, in attendance and to help present the CIBC Award. The School would like to thank the following artists who volunteered their time to sit on the jury:
Mark Cameron, RWB School Artistic faculty, musician, children’s entertainer
Donna Fletcher, Actor/singer/director; Faculty member at University of Winnipeg Department of Theatre and Film
Odette Heyn-Penner, Co-director/Co-founder, The School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Program
Carman Johnston, Capital and Endowment Campaign Manager, PTE
Vanessa Léonard (née Lawson), RWB Principal Dancer
CindyMarie Mack (née Small), Former RWB Soloist
Roman Rykine, RWB School Artistic faculty
Arlene Minkhorst, RWB School Director
A total of ten awards were presented at the First Steps 2013 Gala and Awards ceremony, as follows:
CIBC Award for Innovation, Seth Buckley, Level 7, for Please Empty Your Pockets
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Award, Jesse Petrie, Level 7, for Tendencies
First Place Jeppe Hansen, Level 7, for Humoresque
Second Place Jesse Petrie, Level 7, for Tendencies
Third Place Mark Griffiths, Level 7, for Femina Vires
People’s Choice Award Akanbi Babatunde, Level 6, for Botho
The Doreen MacDonald Scholarship, Isabella Pisapia, Level 5, for Incomparable
The Paddy Stone Scholarship, Connor Coughlin, Level 6, for Something’s Bound to Begin
Honourable Mention, Julia Jones-Whitehead, Level 7, for La Réunion Read more »
If you missed another fantastic presentation by Peter Quanz and RWB Dancers at The New Music Festival don't miss 3 World Premieres at Q Dance. Feb 22 & 23, 2013. Gas Station Arts Centre - 445 River Avenue, Winnipeg.
Q Dance is presented by Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet. For its fourth Winnipeg season, Q DANCE will feature three World Premieres, including Quanz's new duet for WCD’s Johanna Riley and RWB dancer Sophia Lee, the completion of a work Quanz first workshopped in June 2012, and a new work by RWB dancer Yosuke Mino. Quanz’s celebrated ballet Luminous will also be performed in addition to these new works.