DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2008 Grant Recipient
Classical Ballet Winner
Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 20-year-old Tristan Dobrowney has been dancing since the age of 6. He began taking dance lessons at the Vesnianka Academy of Ukrainian Dance and added ballet classes at age 12. Accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School when he was 14, Tristan completed his high school education at University of Winnipeg Collegiate. He graduated at the top of his class from The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in June 2008 and will spend the 2008/2009 season as an apprentice with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet company under the direction of Andre Lewis.
Tristan has danced roles in Royal Winnipeg Ballet productions of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake and has also performed with the Brandon Dance Ensemble and Dance Fredericton. He has received numerous ballet scholarships and awards over the years and has been chosen to participate in the 2008 Banff Centre summer dance program.
Jorden Morris, Associate School Director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, describes Tristan's ballet technique as very strong. "He has a very nice jump, good turns and beautiful extensions. He is also an excellent partner, confident and attentive to the needs of a ballerina en pointe . Versatility is also one of Tristan's strengths; he is strong in modern and contemporary work and has real dynamic flair in his character dancing."
Anik Bissonnette, Joysanne Sidimus and Igor Dobrovolskiy, the members of the Hnatyshyn Foundation ballet jury, also praised Tristan's technique: "He has ease in his jumps, clean positions and excellent footwork, - a very promising young dancer."