May Company Spotlight

May 26 2016 | Posted in Company Spotlight

Spotlight Features Two World Premieres

RWB Spotlight Romani Song

RWB Professional Division Students in Romani Song PHOTO Manuel Sousa

This June, dancers from the RWB School Professional Division will wow audiences at Spotlight, a production dedicated to showcasing student talent and artistry. Students will show off their skills in a main stage production featuring two new creations and a classical favourite.

An exquisite display of traditional repertoire, this year’s programme includes Paquita, featuring the Pas de Trois and the Grand Pas de Deux, considered quintessential works of the traditional classical ballet repertory. Audiences will also be treated to two world premieres at this year’s Spotlight.

Choreographed by Oleksandra Kondratyeva and inspired by Romani culture, Romani Song is a passionate love story. Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Kondratyeva studied dance at the Kyiv State Ballet School, and performed and toured with Kyiv State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet for Children and Youth, Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, Andrea Bocelli, and the National Ballet of Ukraine. She joined the RWB School Professional Division artistic faculty in 2010. She choreographs and rehearses for Ballet In The Park, Concert Hour Ballet and In Concert performances, and also teaches ballet, pointe, character and conditioning classes.

The story of The Little Match Girl, based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen, is re-imagined in a new work created by Phillipe-Alexandre Jacques. Jacques is a graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Ballet Academic and Aspirant programs. His experiences participating in First Steps – the RWB School’s annual student choreographic competition – inspired Jacques and led him to a career in choreography.

Come and see the world premieres of The Little Match Girl and Romani Song, as well as the inimitable classic Paquita at Spotlight from June 9-11, 2016. For tickets and more information, click here.

Seven Tips For Staying In Shape Over The Summer

Seven Tips For Staying In Shape This Summer

RWB Soloist Yayoi Ban PHOTO David Cooper

In Winnipeg, we live for summertime. After enduring months of snow and slush, we take full advantage of all that summer has to offer – from weekends spent at the beach to festivals downtown, our holidays are often jam-packed.

It can be a challenge to stay on track with fitness routines during the summer months – even for RWB dancers! Here, RWB Soloist Yayoi Ban shares her tips for keeping in shape over the summer.

1. Do what you love
“I usually go home [to Japan] after the season has finished. When I have recovered from jet lag, I take ballet classes at my old studio or at open ballet classes – not intensely, just 2 to 3 times a week for fun.”

2. Enjoy the outdoors
“I usually jog around my house for 20-30 minutes about two or three times a week –especially when it’s sunny out. I also do lots of walking outside. My favourite summer exercise is yoga outside in the sun.”

3. Eat smart snacks
“I try to eat healthy – well, I am trying the best that I can…there are so many goodies at home! But I am trying to eat lots of veggies and fresh fruit, and not too much junk food. And I usually drink a protein shake (protein powder, milk, soy milk and mocha) right after a workout.”

4. Keep it simple
Ban stretches everyday and does simple strength training, like sit-ups and pushups every other day, to stay fit.

“Our job is pretty intense during the season, so to prevent injury and to also take our dance ability to the next level for the upcoming season, staying in shape is very important.”

5. Ease back into routine
“About two weeks before the new season starts, I am usually back in Winnipeg. I try to take ballet classes everyday, and go to gym every other day. Since my husband is a personal trainer, I work with him at the gym pretty intensely. I hop on the elliptical or bike for cardio and interval training, and I do strength training with weights and machines. My least favourite exercise is interval training on the bike. This is the hardest training I do but this exercise gets you back in shape so fast!”

6. Stay inspired
“Go see performances and get inspired. This isn’t a direct “stay in shape” tip, but it works very well for keeping me motivated. We don’t have many chances to see ballet performances from other companies during the season, so I try to go to see shows in summertime.”

Ban encourages seeing all kinds of dance and entertainment shows to stay inspired and motivated!

7. Don’t forget to relax – it’s the holidays, after all!
“I am looking forward to going home to Japan and seeing my family and friends. I love traveling in Japan. I am also looking forward to starting my certificate course for Pilates.”

Barre After Hours – The Summer’s Hottest Rooftop Party

Barre After Hours

RWB Company Dancers PHOTO: Amy Simoes

Join us in celebrating the Royal Winnipeg Ballet at this summer’s best rooftop party, Barre After Hours. Taking place on the parkade rooftop at 380 Graham Avenue, Barre After Hours will feature signature cocktails, delicious appetizers, great music and of course – dancing! Musical guests include jazz master Ron Paley, Skene Music, and The Treble. Get ready to dance all night!

This event sells out quickly every year, so be sure to purchase tickets early! Also included in this year’s ticket is Exclusive Access to an After Party at Rudy’s Eat and Drink.

Event Details:
RWB Parkade Rooftop, 380 Graham Ave
8:30pm until late
Cocktail Chic Attire | Admittance 18+
Tickets: $65 For more info, click HERE!

Save the Date for Ballet In The Park!

Ballet In The Park
RWB School Professional Division Student Photo: RWB Archives

One of the highlights of the summer is Ballet In The Park – a Royal Winnipeg Ballet tradition since 1972. As we launch our 77th season, join us at Assiniboine Park for three outdoor performances at the Lyric Theatre stage from July 27-29, 2016. Presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, this FREE family-friendly event will take place at 7:30 p.m. nightly.

Come and enjoy the beauty of Assiniboine Park and the magic of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet while snacking on local fare from Winnipeg’s best food trucks. Ballet In The Park is a great event for the entire family, and is enjoyed by over 20,000 people from Winnipeg and beyond annually.