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Winners of RBC Emerging Artist Apprentice Award Announced

September 19, 2017

Heather Capen and Jimmy Coleman

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada announced today that Corps de Ballet member Jimmy Coleman and Apprentice Heather Capen are the recipients of the fifth annual RBC Emerging Artist Apprentice Award for their performances as Apprentices during the 2016/17 season. Mr. Coleman and Ms. Capen each received a $1,000 cash prize. The awards were presented by Artistic Director, YOU dance / Principal Ballet Master Lindsay Fischer, on behalf of RBC Foundation, during the Patrons’ Council 2017/18 Season Opening Party in Toronto last night.

Established in 2012, the RBC Emerging Artist Apprentice Award recognizes members of the National Ballet’s Apprentice Programme for their artistic growth, professional development and exceptional talent. The award recipients are chosen by a selection committee made up of members of the National Ballet’s artistic staff.

Mr. Coleman was born in Toronto, Ontario and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and the San Francisco Ballet School. Mr. Coleman joined the National Ballet of Canada as an RBC Apprentice in 2015 and became a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2017. Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Ms. Capen trained at Zamuel Ballet School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She joined the National Ballet as a RBC Apprentice in 2016.

Mr. Coleman will travel with the National Ballet for the company’s upcoming tour to Paris with performances of Nijinsky, a ballet by John Neumeier. Marking the National Ballet’s return to Paris for the first time in 45 years, Nijinsky will run from October 3 – 8, 2017 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

Both winners of the RBC Emerging Artist Apprentice Award will appear with the company onstage during the Fall Season which opens with The Winter’s Tale, November 10 – 19, and continues with Nijinsky, November 22 – 26.

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The RBC Apprentice Programme is supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges Margaret Fountain, C.M. and David Fountain as our Exclusive Tour Partners.

Lead philanthropic support for Nijinsky is provided by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers’ Circle.

The Winter’s Tale presented by Coty Canada.

Lead philanthropic support for The Winter’s Tale is provided by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and The Producers’ Circle.

The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Susanne Boyce & Brendan Mullen, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Rosamond Ivey, Hal Jackman Foundation, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Judith & Robert Lawrie, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Jerry & Joan Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lynda & Jonas Prince, Susan Scace & Arthur Scace, C.M., Q.C., Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan, Sandra Simpson and Noreen Taylor, C.M. & David Staines, C.M., O.Ont.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage, through the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages; and the Government of Ontario through the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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