RWB School Spotlight: RWB Celebrates Talented Graduates

Jun 18 2014 | Posted in Company Spotlight

The RWB SChools celebrated seven talented dancers as they received their graduation diplomas.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School celebrated seven talented dancers as they received their graduation diplomas from the prestigious RWB School Professional Division Ballet Academic Program at a graduation ceremony at Asper Jewish Community Campus’ Berney Theatre on June 6. In addition to local graduates, several of the students relocated to Winnipeg to attend the seven level program from as far away as Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

In addition to proud family, friends and faculty, the RWB School welcomed acclaimed choreographer, personal coach and dance educator, Stephanie Ballard, as the commencement speaker.

RWB School Director, Arlene Minkhorst, led the convocation ceremony and welcomes The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and The Honourable Ron Lemieux, Minister of Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection to offer congratulatory remarks to the graduates on behalf of the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba, respectively. Dean Rob Bend also addressed the students on behalf of one of RWB School’s academic partners, the University of Winnipeg Collegiate.

Prior to the convocation ceremony, friends, family and RWB School faculty were treated to a final performance as all seven students presented selection of repertoire including excerpts from Paquita, La Fille Mal Gardéeand Swan Lake.

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet would like to congratulate the following RWB School Professional Division graduates for their hard work and dedication:

Akanbi Babatunde Graduation Diploma Newark, DE
Madeline Bez Graduation Diploma Vineland, NJ
Connor Coughlin Graduation Diploma Winnipeg, MB
Mark Griffiths Graduation Diploma West Kirby, England
Jin Ah Kim Graduation Diploma Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Shae-Lynn Martin Graduation Diploma Sherwood Park, AB
Saeka Shirai Graduation Diploma with Distinction Osaka, Japan