RBC Emerging Artist Apprentice Award Winners Announced

RBC Emerging Artist Apprentice Award Winners AnnouncedKaren Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada announced today that Corps de Ballet members Hannah Galway and Alexander Skinner are the winners of the sixth annual RBC Emerging Artist Apprentice Award for their performances as Apprentices during the 2017/18 season. Ms. Galway and Mr. Skinner each received a $1,000 cash prize. The awards were presented in Toronto this evening by Artistic Director, YOU dance / Principal Ballet Master Lindsay Fischer and Flora Do, VP, Strategy and Client Insights, RBC Wealth Management, during the Patrons' Council 2018/19 season opening party.

Ms. Galway was born in Comox, British Columbia and trained at Canada's National Ballet School. She joined the National Ballet as a RBC Apprentice in 2017 and became a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2018. Ms. Galway's repertoire with the company includes The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Paz de la Jolla.

Mr. Skinner was born in Ottawa, Ontario and trained at The School of Dance in Ottawa, and Canada's National Ballet School. In 2017, he joined the National Ballet as a RBC Apprentice and in 2018 became a member of the Corps de Ballet. Mr. Skinner's repertoire includes Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Nijinsky, The Winter's Tale and A Streetcar Named Desire.

Established in 2012, the RBC Emerging Artist Apprentice Award recognizes members of the National Ballet's Apprentice Programme for their artistic growth, professional development and exceptional talent. The award recipients are chosen by a selection committee made up of members of the National Ballet's artistic staff.

Ms. Galway and Mr. Skinner will travel with the National Ballet for the company's upcoming tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia October 15 - 19, 2018, as part of Diana Vishneva's Context festival. The company will perform a mixed programme of Being and Nothingness by Guillaume Côté, Paz de la Jolla by Justin Peck, and Crystal Pite's Emergence at the Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow (October 15 and 16) and the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg (October 19).

More Information on the Tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg >

Both award winners will appear with the company onstage during the Fall Season which opens with the North American premiere of Anna Karenina choreographed by John Neumeier, November 10 - 18, 2018. Based on Leo Tolstoy's great masterwork, Anna Karenina is the first cooperation between the National Ballet, The Hamburg Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet.

More Information about Anna Karenina >

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The RBC Apprentice Programme is sponsored by The RBC Emerging Artists Project.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges Margaret Anne Fountain, C.M. and David Glenn Fountain, C.M. as our Exclusive Tour Partners.

Emergence is generously supported by Gail Hutchison.

Lead philanthropic support for Being and Nothingness is provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers' Circle.

Lead philanthropic support for Paz de la Jolla is provided by The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada, Julie Medland in memory of her husband Ted, and The Producers' Circle.

BMO presents Anna Karenina.

Anna Karenina is a cooperation between The National Ballet of Canada, The Hamburg Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet.

Lead philanthropic support for Anna Karenina is generously provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., Rosamond Ivey, Margaret Anne Fountain, C.M. and David Glenn Fountain, C.M. and Tim & Frances Price, with additional support from The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada, The Producers' Circle and Warren Sorensen in memory of Gregory Williams.

The Producer's Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Judith & Robert Lawrie, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Jerry & Joan Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lynda & Jonas Prince, Susan Scace & Arthur Scace, C.M., Q.C., Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan and Noreen Taylor, C.M. & David Staines, C.M., O.Ont.

Guillaume Côté is sponsored through Dancers First by Emmanuelle Gattuso, C.M. and Allan Slaight, C.M.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada - Department of Canadian Heritage, through the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Sylvia Jones, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.


For more information, please contact:

Catherine Chang
Senior Communications Manager
416 345 9686 x302
cchang@national.ballet.ca
national.ballet.ca

Victoria Schwarzl
Publicity Manager
416 345 9686 x312
vschwarzl@national.ballet.ca
national.ballet.ca


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