July Company Spotlight

Jul 13 2015 | Posted in Company Spotlight

​A Summer of Dance Promotions at RWB

We are excited to announce the promotion of five of our current dancers! In addition we are welcoming seven new dancers and the exciting 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 from Corps de Ballet 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 from the RWB School Professional Division. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Meet our new Principal Dancers

Sophia Lee

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.

Jo-Ann Sundermeier

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.

Dmitri Dovgoselets

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 and Clergyman in Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation. 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.

​Where is Filbert?

Photo by Amy Simoes

Filbert the Bear loves Christmas in July and this year he wants some lucky Nutcracker fans to win a family pack of four tickets to the show with our contest, Where is Filbert? As Filbert enjoys the summer in Winnipeg, the RWB will be posting pictures of him on Facebook every Tuesday and Thursday from July 7 - 31, giving Winnipeggers an opportunity to guess his location for a chance to win tickets! How well do you know Winnipeg? Test your knowledge and guess Where is Filbert?

On July 7th, Filbert was seen at the Forks! Congratulations to everyone who correctly guessed his location and are now entered in to win the family pack of four Nutcracker tickets. Stay tuned for more chances to be entered in to win as Filbert enjoys more of Winnipeg’s summer!

Get into the holiday spirit this July

RWB’s Christmas In July summer promotion gives Nutcracker fans a chance to save 25% off adult tickets from July 1 - 31, 2015, plus children’s tickets are only $25*!

Share the joy of Nutcracker! Group tickets are available as well – contact us for more info. Remember to use promo code ‘JULY’ to access this promotion when your order tickets by phone at (204) 956-2792 or online.

* Plus taxes and fees. Seating is limited to sections A - D for this promotion. Cannot be combined with other offers or promotions. Please call the RWB Box Office at 204.956.2792 for more information.

​Giselle tickets are now available

Yayoi Ban, Photo by Réjean Brandt Photography

Giselle features some of the most coveted roles in this classical masterpiece. Since its debut in 1841, Giselle has captured the imagination and torn at the heart. Experience a new generation of artists in Giselle, a grand and enduring ballet that has captivated audiences for over 170 years. See more!

​Adult Summer Dance is on!

The hallways of RWB are full of excitement and buzz as the Adult Summer Dance leaps into another fun summer! The RWB School Recreational Division program is for adults of all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re an experienced dancer looking to refine your technique or a beginner keen to try something new, Adult Summer Dance has just the class to meet your needs. Classes are available in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and modern dance with various options to suit your summer schedule. This five-week program is a unique opportunity for students to strengthen their body, focus their mind and express individual style – not to mention have some fun!

“Last year at the RWB, I took the first dance class of my life and it was unlike anything I’ve ever done before. Moving my body in new ways requires such concentration from me that it forces every other thought from my head. Just one hour every week has helped relax my mind with the added bonus of strengthening my body, says Alexandre Borger. “I have greatly enjoyed dancing and plan on continuing for years to come.”

​Summer Dance Intensive

The RWB School Recreational Division Dance Intensive program kicks off August 9 - 22. This program is a two-week training opportunity for young dancers ages 9-18 looking to improve their skills and deepen their understanding of the art form in a positive and supportive environment. The experienced teaching staff at the RWB School, together with talented guest teachers inspire students to learn and grow. When not in the studio, the RWB School Residence provides a safe and comfortable home-away-from-home for Dance Intensive students. Our fun-filled activity program provides dancers first-hand exposure to the arts and culture for which our city is known. This summer the RWB School is excited to welcome Makaila Wallace as the 2015 Dance Intensive Guest Teacher!

​Subscribe for an exciting season of dance!

RWB’s 76th season is right around the corner with a lineup amazing performances. RWB’s 76th season includes Giselle, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Nutcracker, Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, Q Dance, Peter Pan and Spotlight. Get more out of the season by becoming a subscriber! Subscribers save up to 40% over single ticket prices and access to priority seating for all performances. The more you subscribe, the more you save! Join the RWB family and call our Box Office at (204) 956-2792.