Thursday, October 20, 2011



Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School has High Hopes for Ottawa

Winnipeg, Manitoba (October 20, 2011) Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division is heading to Ottawa on October 21 to search for the next stars of the ballet world; and it’s a location that in the past has not disappointed. No one knows better than Ontario’s Sarah Davey what it takes to make it as a professional dancer at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Before the audition that changed her life, Sarah began dancing at the age of three and graduated from the RWB School Professional Division in 2007. She trained in the School’s Aspirant Program until 2009, when she joined the RWB as an apprentice. Sarah was promoted to the corps de ballet in the 2001/12 season. Sarah has performed in various ballets including Moulin Rouge – The Ballet®, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Wonderland, Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, Dracula and The Ecstasy of Rita Joe. Sarah Davey will be in Ottawa from January 26-28 in the RWB’s stunning new ballet Svengali.

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division is a globally renowned school providing the highest calibre of classical training to both dancers and dance educators. In the next several months, the RWB School faculty will visit 16 cities across North America on its 2011/12 International Audition Tour. It is expected that hundreds of hopeful ballet dancers and teachers will audition to obtain a coveted spot in the RWB School Professional Division Summer Session.

Each year the Audition Tour allows the RWBS faculty an opportunity to discover the best young dancers on the continent. During the tour hundreds of promising dancers will audition for a place in the RWB School Professional Division Summer Session - the second-phase in the audition process for full-time acceptance. The successful young people who are accepted will have the opportunity to be nurtured as artists while working towards careers as dancers or dance teachers.

“The young talent we discover on the tour will have the opportunity to train with other exceptional young people who share their goal of pursuing professional dance careers,” says RWB School Director Arlene Minkhorst. “Working alongside others who share the same commitment and focus can be invaluable to a developing artist and lead to even greater success. This is evidenced by the many graduates of the Professional Division who have gone on, not only to work with the distinguished Royal Winnipeg Ballet, but with many other respected dance companies the world over.”

On October 21, 2011 at 9:00am the RWB School’s 2011/12 International Audition Tour will kick off in Ottawa, Ontario. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet has been fortunate to have attracted many talented dancers from Ontario over the years.

Anyone interested in attending auditions is encouraged to visit the RWB School website at or call the School office at 1-204-957-3467. All candidates are asked to pre-register for audition classes. Individuals who are unable to attend in person may submit an audition DVD to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School at 380 Graham Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 4K2.

During the course of the audition tour, master classes will also be offered giving dancers an additional opportunity to work with the renowned RWBS faculty.

Dancers as young as 10 years old are invited to audition and attend the master classes. Interested individuals should contact the RWB School at 1-204-957-3467 or visit

Since 1971, the RWB School Professional Division has graduated more than 400 dance artists and educators. Countless graduates have gone on to become renowned dancers, among them RWB Principal Dancer Vanessa Lawson and former RWB prima ballerina Evelyn Hart. Many have also become internationally recognized choreographers, including Peter Quanz, Mark Godden and Jorden Morris. Many more are leaders within the international dance community as artistic directors, ballet masters, and dance teachers. And more still have gone on to successful careers with renowned companies around the world, including the Stuttgart Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, Nederlans Dans Theater, Alberta Ballet, LaLaLa Human Steps and others.

The RWB School is grateful for the support of Investors Group through the Investors Group National Scholarship program in conjunction with the 2011/12 International Audition Tour.


For more information contact:

Cole Leinburd
International Audition Tour Promotions
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
380 Graham Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4K2
(204) 510-4350


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