Every single year, I wait for the end of July- not because of the unbearable sun and 30°C+ temperatures, but because Ballet in the Park happens and completes my little ballet soul. A local Travel Thursday if you will! If you are new to the blog, ballet has been a lifelong passion of mine! Although I never moved on past my professional exams, I’ve kept dancing and attending and following throughout the years. Ballet in the Park is unlike any other show; taking place at the Lyric Theatre at Assiniboine Park here in Winnipeg, it’s an amazing event that allows us to celebrate and enjoy the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and this fair city of ours!
Welcome back to the second part of my series on my experiences with ballet! Last week was all my ballet class experience, what I do to get ready, what I need for class, and what goes on in a class. This week is all about dress rehearsal, something not usually seen by “outsiders”. It is sometimes a little hectic and chaotic, there is a lot of warming up and continual movement, and there are usually quite a few mistakes. However, a bad dress rehearsal means that it will be a good show!
Welcome to the first of a three part series on my experiences in ballet! Ballet has been a pretty big part of my life from the time that I was yay high until, well, now. This series is going to move from ballet class to rehearsal to the performance, complete with behind the scenes tidbits you didn’t know existed! I hope that you enjoy this, as ballet is incredibly important to me and I wanted to be able to share it with you.
This week, I was incredibly lucky to be invited to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s 1718 Season Reveal! I had some vacation time at work and knew that it would be worth it, so on Tuesday morning I made my way down to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet studio to catch a glimpse of what the next season has in store for us! As you can imagine, I was fairly excited to be invited and I am so appreciative that the Royal Winnipeg Ballet takes the time to interact and engage with it’s patrons in a meaningful way. The ballet community in Winnipeg (and really everywhere) is not so big, and they do a wonderful job of reaching out to us!
With a world-renowned ballet company like the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in my city, I take advantage of any chance I can get to see one of their performances! In a very odd twist of fate, I was able to see Dracula twice in October, or at least parts of it. I’m not usually a Halloween type of person, but this does seem to be quite fitting viewing for the holiday!
I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division’s performance, On the Edge. One of my best friends was photographing for the dress rehearsal, but wasn’t able to attend the performance, so she was absolutely amazing and gave the tickets to me! (You can see her work here, and if you are in Winnipeg, I can’t recommend her enough!!!) I took one of my other best friends with me, and had a fantastic time. Continue reading
I am trying my hardest to enjoy Winnipeg and get out about my own town! It’s not a huge city, and living here this long when there is not much that interests me. (Believe it or not, there is not a whole lot of medieval history and European culture in the middle of the prairies…) However, I’m going to find the interesting and good in Winnipeg, and enjoy myself this summer! Continue reading
On Saturday night, I was lucky enough to see a performance of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Peter Pan, and I can’t explain how much I loved it! The RWB has really outdone themselves this time. Continue reading
The Royal Maitoba Theatre Centre just finished up their run of Billy Elliot, and I was lucky enough to catch it on the last day! I went with my parents to the matinee show, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Continue reading