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  • Evelyn Hart
  • Gordon Wright
  • James Fisher
  • Jesse Fraser
  • Laura Graham
  • Mark Godden
  • Maureya Lebowitz
  • Peter Quanz
  • Ryan Booth
  • Shawn Hounsell
Alumni: A Proud Legacy

Since the first graduating class of 1971, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division has graduated more than 400 students from the Ballet Academic Program, Aspirant Program and Teacher Training Program.

 

The RWB Company has a long history of employing graduates of the School, such as Principal Dancers Evelyn Hart, Jorden Morris, Tara Birtwhistle, Vanessa Lawson and Jo-Ann Sundermeier, as well as Artistic Director André Lewis and School Director Arlene Minkhorst. Graduates of the Professional Division make up more than 70% of RWB Company dancers and comprise over half of the School’s artistic faculty.

 

The legacy of the RWB School reaches virtually every corner of the world, with graduates and alumni employed by esteemed dance companies on four continents as performing artists, teachers, choreographers, directors, designers or arts administrators, a sampling of which is listed below:

 

Evelyn Hart CC, OM, FRSC — 1976 Ballet Academic Program graduate

  • Principal Dancer: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • Ballet coach

 

Gordon Wright — 1980 BAP graduate

  • Executive Vice-President & Director, The Harid Conservatory (USA)

 

Mark Godden — 1984 BAP graduate

  • Dancer: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • Choreographer: American Ballet Theatre (USA), Ballet Contemporania (Argentina), Boston Ballet (USA), Compania Nacional de Danza (Mexico), Les Grands Ballets canadiens de Montréal (Canada), Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet

 

Laura Graham — 1984 BAP graduate

  • Principal Dancer: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt (Germany)
  • Ballet Master: Dresden SemperOper Ballett (Germany)

 

Shawn Hounsell — 1990 BAP graduate

  • Dancer: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballets canadiens de Montréal (Canada)
  • Choreographer: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Festival Ballet Theatre (USA), Les Grands Ballets canadiens de Montréal (Canada), National Theatre Ballet (Prague)

 

Peter Quanz — 1999 BAP graduate

  • Choreographer: American Ballet Theatre (USA), Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballets canadiens de Montréal, Hong Kong Ballet (China), Kirov Ballet (Russia), The National Ballet of Canada, Q Dance (Canada), The National Ballet of Cuba, The Royal Ballet (UK)

 

Maureya Lebowitz — 2007 BAP graduate

  • Second soloist: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • Soloist: Birmingham Royal Ballet (UK)

 

Ryan Booth — 2008 BAP graduate

  • Dancer: The National Ballet of Canada, Vienna State Ballet (Austria)

 

Jesse Fraser — 2009 BAP graduate

  • Dancer: Stuttgart Ballett (Germany)

 

James Fisher — 2010 BAP graduate

  • Dancer: Stuttgart Ballett (Germany)

 

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