Ten-year-old B.C. dancer invited to Royal Winnipeg Ballet summer program

Just after her 11th birthday, local dancer Kamryn Ross will pack her bags and spend a month at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional Division Summer Session — by herself. When Ross’ mother, Melanie Talson, asked the school if she should rent a place nearby, she said she was told, “No, usually the children who are ready are ready before the parents are!”

“To me, it seems like, ‘Oh, but she’s so little to be away!’” Talson sighed, “but she’s ready and she wants to.”

Talson, who danced until her teens, said her daughter danced around the house and moved to music when she was a toddler. When she was four, she was finally old enough for a formal ballet class, and she took to it immediately.

Ross auditioned for Royal Winnipeg Ballet staff on Oct. 16 in Victoria, and she heard the good news about a week later.

The prestigious four-week program covers ballet and pointe technique, character dance and modern dance, with supplementary education on everything from improvisation and nutrition. It is also considered to be a second-stage audition for the Ballet’s full year academic program, where children from Grades 6-12 board at the school and complete their high school education while dancing.

Ross hopes to be invited for the full year, since she is entering Grade 6 next September, but she said she probably wouldn’t stay “because it would just be too long.” She hopes to work on her pirouettes.

Ross enjoys the imaginative aspects of dance and how different it is from “real life.”

“I like how it’s kind of challenging,” said Ross. “It’s different from anything else, from normal kind of life ‘cause you’re not usually dancing everywhere.”

“If in one of our dances we look down we pretend there’s a bird there or something, so that’s fun, too.”

To get there, Ross has to raise about $4,000, so she’s been making and selling crafts and applying for grants. Her family have also set up a GoFundMe page online.

For now, she still dances two to three times a week at Pacific Dance Centre, and does karate, piano and Girl Guides. She is preparing for a dance exam and is working on a solo dance piece with her mother — their first artistic collaboration. Ross won’t know any other students on her first day in Winnipeg, but her mother is sure she will make some good friends.

“You can see when she’s dancing she loves to be precise and work hard and it’ll be nice to be with other people who work that hard,” said Talson.

To learn more, visit gofundme.com/send-kamryn-to-rwb-summer-school


Just Posted

Victoria painter splashes some colour on a dreary situation

Six-week long James Bay construction project gives Teresa Waclawik an impromptu canvas

B.C. Transit to reduce service for spring

Route changes come in to effect April 9

Man arrested, charged in connection with stabbing at Langford Lanes

Twenty-year-old Austin Bonner has been charged with aggravated assault

U-Bicycle plans to ride into Esquimalt

Dockless bike share service launched last fall in Victoria, aims to spread across CRD

Some SD62 schools without emergency supplies

PACs want province to step up with funding

Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages

Packaging will include red stop sign with marijuana leaf and ‘THC’

Golden Knights win 4-1, remain undefeated against Canucks

Vegas gets points from 12 players in dominating effort versus Vancouver

City of Victoria seeks artists to contribute to upcoming public exhibitions

Submissions for Commercial Alley gallery, bus shelter project due by April 9

Alberta budget plans for Trans Mountain expansion

Finance Minister Joe Ceci says expected revenues will be factored into budget forecasts

Plane filled with smoke lands at Nanaimo Airport

WestJet flight came in from Vancouver

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of March 20

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Rescued Comox canoer credits those ‘at the right place, at the right time’

James Milne was rescued in a hypothermic state Sunday near Goose Spit

Proposed gun bill attacked by gun owners and shooting victims

The federal government tabled the bill today in order to tighten the sale and tracking of firearms

Most Read