DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2006 Grant Recipient
Classical Ballet Winner
Kostyantyn Keshyshev is a very promising 19-year-old dancer from Vancouver, B.C. A recent immigrant to Canada from Ukraine, where he got his initial training at the Odessa Ballet Academy, "Kostya" has been taking the part-time program at the Goh Ballet Academy for the past three years. With the help of his Hnatyshyn Foundation grant, he will begin the Academy's full-time professional program in the fall of 2006. He has passed his Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 2 level exams with distinction and will compete in the Varna International Ballet Competition and the Genée International Ballet Competition in the summer of 2006. As part of the Goh Youth Ballet Ensemble, he danced principal roles during the group's 2006 tour of China.
Brian Gross of the Goh Ballet Academy says, "Kostya definitely has all the ingredients to achieve a stellar career. His commanding stage presence and classical looks, coupled with his powerful and versatile technical ability, have already drawn the attention of the many adjudicators who have evaluated him for exams, competitions and scholarships. Most importantly, he has enthusiasm, passion and love for dance." Veronica Tennant, Marquita Witham-Lester and Igor Dobrovolskiy, the members of the Hnatyshyn Foundation ballet jury, found him to be a strong, athletic performer with many physical attributes. "He definitely has the potential to become a very fine classical and contemporary dancer. He has already acquired fine technique, with an elegant style for the classical work and a dynamic quality in the contemporary."