Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Adds Three New Scholarships Named After RWB Participants

Royal Winnipeg Ballet School

Professional Division Students, School Committee, Artistic Faculty & Board (Photo by Jocelyn Unrau)

(Winnipeg, Manitoba) – The annual Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) School Scholarship Presentation Evening added three new scholarships to its roster, bringing the total number of awards to more than 60, which is higher than average years.

The scholarships presented at the event, which was held at the RWB Founders’ Studio on Thursday, November 14, support students from across Canada and around the world who attend one of the RWB School’s world-class Professional Division training programs.

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The three new awards honouring the skill and dedication of students include:

The Victor Duret Memorial Fund
The Arlene Minkhorst Scholarship
The Hazel Smart Patterson Scholarship

All three of the new awards were created on behalf of individuals who remain connected to the RWB, as a dancer, faculty member, or a supporter.

“At the RWB, we believe dance is for everyone,” explains RWB School Director Stéphane Léonard. “These awards help our students access opportunities which they may not otherwise have. Victor Duret received a scholarship in 1951, and now we proudly award a scholarship in his name. Perhaps one of this year’s scholarship recipients will have that honour as well. Congratulations to all of the students, and thank you to the many supporters who help make these scholarships possible.”

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Jean Giguère, C.M. Chair Emeritus of the RWB agrees with Léonard. “The Arlene Minkhorst scholarship was established in her name to honour her exceptional legacy of dedication and commitment to the Royal Winnipeg School and its students,” said Ms. Giguère.

“Under her leadership and vision, the School has added significantly to its reputation as a top institution of dance education, both on the national and international level. Scholarships play a key role in supporting students as they develop their skills to perform on the world’s stages.”

The RWB School Professional Division Scholarship Presentation Evening was made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Manitoba Arts Council.

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About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division is well-known across the country and around the world for delivering excellence in dance education. Our state-of-the-art facility, located in the heart of historic downtown Winnipeg, is home to between 90 and 110 students enrolled annually in our full-time programs. We provide classical ballet training based on the Russian system and supported with a full program of study in complementary dance forms and health, wellness, and life skills.

Our approach produces artists who have the flexibility to perform and teach a wide variety of dance styles and are capable of enjoying long and fulfilling careers; it also produces responsible young adults who are well-rounded and creative, and who possess strong work ethics and leadership skills.

The connection to the RWB Company and exposure to the Company’s artistic faculty are among the RWB School’s many competitive advantages. Alumni have gone on to exciting careers in all facets of the dance industry around the world and currently make up 70% of the RWB Company and over half of the RWB School’s artistic faculty.

Press Release Via: RWB School

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