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Winnipeg, Manitoba (July 11, 2012) – André Lewis, Artistic Director of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, has just announced the new roster for the Company’s 73rd season.

Dancers Amanda Green and Jo-Ann Sundermeier have each been promoted from First Soloist to Principal Dancer. Both have danced with the RWB for eight years.

The RWB is welcoming four new dancers to the Company: First Soloist Oleksii Potomkin (Ukraine) who guest performed with the Company in Mauricio Wainrot’s Carmina Burana for RWB’s final production of the 2011/12 season, Second Soloist Egor Zdor (Republic of Moldova), and Corps de Ballet members Dariya Emelyantseva (Ukraine) and Isis Murcio (Mexico).

Meanwhile, RWB Corps de Ballet members Yayoi Ezawa and Sophia Lee will become Second Soloists. Former Apprentice Alanna McAdie and Aspirant Anna O’Callaghan will join the Corps de Ballet Aspirants Chenxin Liu, Stephan Possin, and Yinan Wang have all been named Apprentices.

The RWB is bidding farewell to First Soloist Harrison James, who is leaving the Company after two seasons for the Béjart Ballet Lausanne in Switzerland. James will be remembered for his dynamic performance as the title character in Mark Godden’s Svengali, and for his roles in Mauricio Wainrot’s Carmina Burana, In the Upper Room, In Tandem and Moulin Rouge®- The Ballet.


Amanda Green is a former student of the RWB School Professional Division who joined the Company in 2004 as an apprentice after graduating from the Harid Conservatory. Since joining the RWB, Green has danced the iconic lead dual role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, and had a role created for her in Mauricio Wainrot’s Carmen, The Passion. In 2009, Green was hand-picked by acclaimed choreographer Peter Quanz to be a founding dancer of his company, Q Dance, and performed his piece In Tandem at the prestigious Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Jo-Ann Sundermeier graduated from the RWB School Professional Division in 2002, at which time she received the Prince Edward Award, the School’s most prestigious scholarship. Sundermeier became an apprentice with the Company in 2004, and performed her first lead role as Tinkerbell in Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan. Morris later created the role of La Goulue for her in Moulin Rouge®- The Ballet. Sundermeier’s other performance credits include Mark Godden’s Dracula and Mauricio Wainrot’s Carmina Burana. Sundermeier is also a founding dance member of Peter Quanz’s Q Dance, and performed to a national audience at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games Cultural Olympiad.


Oleksii Potomkin is a former soloist at the Lviv National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. With the company Potomkin had the opportunity to dance a number of roles including Basil in Don Quixote, Albrecht in Giselle and the Prince in Nutcracker. Potomkin has also performed with the Kharkov Academic Opera and Ballet and the Ochi International Ballet Company. He has toured in Japan, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Romania and Poland. Potomkin was recently featured as a guest dancer with the RWB for performances of Mauricio Wainrot’s Carmina Burana in May.


Yayoi Ezawa is a graduate With Distinction from the RWB School Professional Division, joining the Company as an apprentice in 2005. Ezawa made her professional debut with the Company in 2002 in Nutcracker, and has since gone on to perform in Romeo & Juliet, Dracula, The Sleeping Beauty and Mauricio Wainrot’s Carmina Burana. Ezawa has danced feature roles including Mome Fromage in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge®- The Ballet and the Dormouse in Shawn Hounsell’s Wonderland. Ezawa was a semifinalist at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi in 2006 and at the Shanghai International Ballet Competition in 2007.

Sophia Lee graduated from the RWB School Professional Division in 2010 and spent one year in the Aspirant Program before joining the Company in the corps de ballet in 2011. That same year, Lee was selected to dance with former RWB Principal Dancer Jaime Vargas in Jorden Morris’ pas de deux Dance Me to the End of Love created for a national broadcast of the 31st Annual Genie Awards. Most recently, Lee was selected to dance a lead role in Mark Godden’s new ballet Svengali and was chosen by choreographer Peter Quanz to join his company Q Dance.

Egor Zdor is a former professional dancer with the Republic of Moldova National Opera and Ballet Theatre and the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Bucharest, Romania. In 2007, Zdor joined the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Tallin, Estonia where he danced roles in The Three Musketeers, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Nutcracker, Coppélia and George Balanchine’s Who Cares? Zdor has toured England, Switzerland, Spain, the U.S. and Poland.


Alanna McAdie is a graduate of the RWB School Professional Division, and joined the Company as an apprentice in 2010. She made her debut as Clara in Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker when she was twelve. In 2008, while training at the RWB School, she was awarded the Juanita Y. Alexander Award for Artistic Excellence. McAdie’s performance credits with the Company include Dracula, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Moulin Rouge®- The Ballet, Svengali, Giselle and Mauricio Wainrot’s Carmina Burana.

Dariya Emelyantseva is a former soloist with the Lviv National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Emelyantseva previously trained at the Minsk State Choreographic College before transferring to the Kiev Municipal Ukrainian Academy of Dance. While with the Lviv National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Emelyantseva had the opportunity to dance numerous roles including Ophelia in Hamlet and Cupid in Don Quixote and has also performed in Paquita, Coppélia and Nutcracker. She has toured in Spain, Switzerland, Romania and Poland.

Isis Murcio is a former dancer with the National Dance Company of Mexico, the Humanicorp Arial Dance Theatre and neoclassical ballet company Opus Ballet. Murcio has studied at the Joffrey Ballet School, the National School of Dance in Havannah, Cuba and at the National School of Classical and Contemporary Dance in Mexico. Murcio was a finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York in 2004 and competed at the Japan International Ballet Competition in 2005.

Anna O’Callaghan began her professional training at Pacific DanceArts under the instruction of Li Yaming, before joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Aspirant Program in 2010. As an Aspirant O’Callaghan has performed with the RWB in Nutcracker, Moulin Rouge®- The Ballet, Svengali, Giselle, The Doorway, In Tandem and Mauricio Wainrot’s Carmina Burana.

Subscriptions for the 2012/13 Season are also available through the RWB Customer Service Office by calling (204) 956-2792. RWB’s 2012-13 Fairy Tale Fantasy Season includes Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & The Goblin, Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, and Moulin Rouge ® – The Ballet. Subscribers save up to 20 per cent over single ticket prices and access to priority seating for all performances.

Join Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet for Ballet in the Park, July 25-27 at the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park. For more information visit


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Hayley Brigg
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