RWB UNDER A NEW SPOTLIGHT FOR THE 50TH CANADA SUMMER GAMES

Aug 03 2017 | Posted in Press Releases

WINNIPEG- August 3, 2017. The term “summer vacation” is not commonly heard at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB). From July 28-August 13, the RWB shows their support for the Canada Summer Games (CSG) in a multitude of ways at venues throughout Winnipeg.

On July 28, RWB Company dancers Yosuke Mino and Alanna McAdie performed alongside JUNO-winning The Bros. Landreth during the CSG Opening Ceremonies. On August 2 at the CSG Festival at The Forks, Mino danced improvisationally with contemporary throat singer: Tanya Tagaq. On August 7 at the CSG Festival at The Forks, RWB Company Dancers will perform the energetic, pulse-pounding Celts.

The RWB School is the exclusive tray bearer for the CSG. This unique opportunity will be enjoyed by approximately 30 student dancers from both the Professional and Recreational Divisions of the RWB School. Tray bearers will be supporting over 60 medal ceremonies from July 30-August 13, including in the closing ceremonies which will be broadcast live across the country.

Ryley Krauss, Professional Division student, says: “I am extremely excited to be a tray bearer for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. I am grateful to have the opportunity, and I know this will be a memorable experience.”

“The RWB School is honoured to have been selected as the exclusive tray bearer for the 2017 Canada Summer Games”, says Arlene Minkhorst, RWB School Director. “Our dancers have a lot in common with the student athletes competing in the Games. They are passionate, focused, driven, disciplined, and, of course, very talented. Like the athletes, they too have travelled a considerable distance and made many sacrifices to pursue their dreams. We are extremely proud to have these young people representing the RWB this week and next and we look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of athletes from across the country as they reach for the top this summer!”

For more information on the Canada Summer Games, please click here. For more information on the free Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Canada Games Festival, click here.

About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Founded in 1939, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premier ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America. Versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are the trademarks of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. Under the artistic direction of André Lewis for 22 years, the Company is said to have never looked more resplendent, more assured, and more ravishing.

About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School
For over 75 years, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School has been inspiring young artists and supporting them in the pursuit of their goals. Under the direction of Arlene Minkhorst, the RWB School is well-known across Canada and around the world for providing excellence in dance education. The School’s state-of the-art facility, located in historic downtown Winnipeg, is home to the more than 1,500 students annually.

About the 2017 Canada Summer Games
Winnipeg, Manitoba will host the Canada Summer Games July 28 – August 13, 2017. Featuring 16 sports, over 250 events and a major cultural festival, the 2017 Canada Games will welcome over 4,000 athletes and coaches and more than 20,000 visitors. Celebrating the Games’ 50th anniversary and acknowledging Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Canada Games are this country’s largest multisport event for young athletes. They will leave a lasting legacy of new and enhanced sport facilities, volunteer and leadership development that will benefit athletes and the broader community for years to come. This event has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada, Province of Manitoba and City of Winnipeg. canadagames.ca/2017

About the Co-Hosts
The 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society acknowledges and welcomes our official Co-Hosts, the First Nation communities of Treaty No.1, Treaty No.3, and the Metis Nation, represented by the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) whose traditional lands and waters the 2017 Games will be held upon. As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Canada Games and acknowledge the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Host Society also recognizes the thousands of years the First Nations communities have called this territory home and the hundreds of years it has been the home of the Metis peoples. The Host Society and Co-Hosts respectively thank Turtle Lodge and the many Elders and Grandmothers that have provided the Games with cultural guidance and teachings that will make the 2017 Canada Summer Games one of the most inclusive in its 50 year history.

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Natasha Havrilenko | Public Relations Coordinator
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