Diary of A Young Choreographer by Saniya Abilmajineva
July 28, 2017
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My name is Saniya Abilmajineva and I’ve been dancing with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen for eight years. With the company I usually dance in Bengt’s style, and I like Bengt’s style of classical ballet but I miss the Eastern folk dances which I was also traine…
Junior Company Diaries: Week 2
July 22, 2017
Helen Tang How does it feel to be in the studio for so many hours a day dancing? Anna: It really takes a toll on your body, we are used to dancing quite a bit but it’s very much like you’re dancing every hour. Kelsey: I was just on a 3-week brea…
Cultural Exchange Through Dance: An Interview with Red Sky Performance Associate Artist Eddie Elliott
July 21, 2017
CBJ’s Summer Dance programs are as much a new experience for young choreographers as they are for young dancers. Just ask Eddie Elliott, a New Zealand native working with the Indigenous dance company Red Sky Performance who has been commissioned to cho…
Junior Company Diaries: Meet Kelsey & Anna!
July 15, 2017
Could you introduce yourselves? My name is Kelsey Miller. My name is Anna Benko. What are your dance background? Kelsey: I’m from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and that’s a professional school with 7 levels and then I graduated and joined the aspirants pro…
The Long Road to Success: An Interview with Heather Lumsden-Ruegg
July 14, 2017
Heather Lumsden-Ruegg is gracefully dancing her way into her sixth season with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen [CBJ]. Growing up in the town of Newmarket Ontario, Heather started taking ballet classes at the young age of 12. Heather experimented with different…
Dancing From the Heart: An Interview with CBJ Dancer Momoka Matsui
July 7, 2017
Momoka as Neapolitan Dancer in Swan Lake, 2016 – Photo Credit: Kevin Vagg Momoka Matsui is a tiny tornado of a ballerina. She leaps and twirls across the stage with such energy that you cannot take your eyes off her, despite her youth and small…
Building Dance from Coast to Coast: HAPPY CANADA DAY!
June 30, 2017
It’s Canada’s 150th birthday! Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is happy to congratulate this great nation on 150 years, especially because it coincides with our own 30th anniversary! CBJ is dedicated to spreading the art and appreciation of ballet throughout fro…
Celebrating Pride 2017!
June 23, 2017
In 2016 CBJ had the pleasure of taking part in the Pride Parade, dancing our way down the entire parade route! Check out our performance and rehearsal! Learn more about CBJ’s event schedule here. Photo Credit: Kamal Daid
Meet the Mentors: Emily Holmes & Lauren Peter
June 16, 2017
Emily (left) and Lauren (right) backstage in their Swan costumes. Emily Holmes (left) & Lauren Peter (right) have had quite an exhilarating season. Both ladies are recent Dance Performance graduates from George Brown who had the exciting opportunit…
Announcing CBJ’s 30th Anniversary Season!
June 12, 2017
Dancer: Saniya Abilminjineva discotoast Canada’s Ballet Jörgen (CBJ) announces its 30th anniversary season featuring a remount of Anastasia with new choreography, and The Nutcracker, A Canadian Tradition in celebration of our nation’s 150th anniversary…
Looking Back on the 2016/2017 Swan Lake Tour
June 9, 2017
The 2016/2017 Swan Lake Tour was a huge success and one of the biggest in CBJ history. One of our greatest successes of the tour was the inclusion of over 360 young dancers in our performances of Swan Lake. Inspiring young dancers and giving them the o…
Canada’s Ballet Jörgen Kilometer Contest 2017
June 2, 2017
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First Time Around: Akari Fujiwara’s CBJ debut season
Akari Fujiwara, one of our 2016-2017 RBC Apprentices, has just finished her debut season with CBJ, which included her first tour across Canada! We sat down with Akari to learn about her impressions of Canada. How was your first season? If you could des…
Elise Tigges: GBC Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology Valedictorian 2017!
May 26, 2017
Bethany Pethick Elise Tigges is the first dancer to be selected as Valedictorian for the George Brown College Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology, so to celebrate her honour we sat down with Elise to talk about her time at George Brown, an…
A Fond Farewell: Celebrating Jane Wooding
May 19, 2017
Jane Wooding instructs George Brown Dance student Jerry Burchill. We say a fond farewell to long-time faculty member Jane Wooding after teaching with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen and George Brown Dance for 19 years. Jane is moving to Halifax, NS this spring…
En Route: Closing this season with a successful tour in Newfoundland
April 21, 2017
CBJ dancer Gustavo Hernandez with young audiences at Ballet101: Introduction to Dance at the Corner Brook Public Library. Port aux-Basques, NL It is with great pride that we closed the 2016-2017 touring season last night with Swan Lake in Stephe…