For immediate release

[Toronto, ON – July 24, 2014] Talented dancers from across Canada and around the world will present two new works by Toronto choreographers Hanna Kiel and Mafa Makhubalo on August 1st, 2014 at 5pm. The Junior Company will also showcase excerpts from Cinderella and from Robert Desrosier’s celebrated Bouffonia. Admission is Pay What You Can – all donations go to the Scholarship Fund.

The performance, to be held at Ballet Jörgen’s George Brown College studio at 5 pm, is the culmination of five weeks of intense work for the Junior Company’s young dancers, who are all in the process of transitioning into professional dance careers. Ballet Jörgen’s unique program is designed to give dancers the experience and understanding needed to succeed in the professional dance world. An intensive combination of advanced dance training and ongoing performances effectively prepares young professionals for the demands of working in a dance company. “This is highly professional training and I am learning a lot, especially about myself as a dancer, which helps me to improve,” said 2014 Junior Company member Monica Lima. “I particularly like that each of us gets to learn individual roles in different choreographies. Being involved in the development of my role really is the artistic learning experience I was looking for”. To join the Junior Company, dancers must audition in person or via video link.

Junior Company members pursue careers with diverse dance organizations. At Ballet Jörgen, all apprentice positions are filled from within the Junior Company and, at the moment, ten of the company’s dancers are Junior Company program alumni.

The 2014 Junior Company members are:

Megumi Aoyama (Tokyo Ballet Company, Japan)
Junior Caballero (The National Ballet School of Canada)
Laurence Desmarais (Académie Ballet Métropolitan)
Gustavo Hernandez (Canada’s Ballet Jörgen)
Kendra Karst (The Alberta Ballet School)
Stella Leowinata (The National Ballet School of Canada)
Monica Lima (Portugese National Conservatory, Portugal)
Monmoka Matsui (Yukiko Ballet School, Japan)
Karin Matsui (Yukiko Ballet School, Japan)
Emma Miller (The Alberta Ballet School)
Kirill Poselyanov (Canada’s Ballet Jörgen)
Dahye Rhee (EWHA Women’s University, Korea)
Daniel da Silva (Canada’s Ballet Jörgen)
Dominic Who (The Alberta Ballet School)

Associate Members:

Andie Halliburn (George Brown Dance)
Natayu Mildenberger (Ecole de Cirque Zofy – Quinte Ballet School of Canada)

To reserve a seat please call (416)961-4725 or e-mail The studios of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen are located at the Casa Loma Campus of George Brown College, Building C-126, 160 Kendal Ave, Toronto, ON

About Canada’s Ballet Jörgen

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen builds communities across Canada through the shared experience of professional ballet. Reaching every province with over 600 events annually, we ensure communities large and small, urban and rural have access to a ballet experience that is recognized for its innovation, warmth and beauty. Inspiring and connecting with Canadians for over 25 years, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen makes ballet and Canadian choreography a meaningful part of Canadians’ lives through performance, education, and community engagement.


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The 2014 Junior Company Junior Caballero
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Kirill Poselyanov and Dahye Rhee Dahye Rhee
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Emma Miller  


For more information, photos, media passes, and/or to request an interview, contact:
Anne Zozo, Marketing Coordinator (416)961-4725

The Junior Company is made possible with the support of Season Sponsor RBC Wealth Management, our Government Partners, Toronto Programming Partner George Brown College and Canada`s Ballet Jörgen`s Scholarship Fund.

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