A very successful production of Coppelia in the spring of 1989 was the inspiration to form the Royal City Youth Ballet Company. Company Manager, Donna Fishwick, and Artistic Director, Dolores Kirkwood OBC, recognized the need for a youth company to “bridge the gap between dance studio and professional company.” In September 1989, the Royal City Youth Ballet Company Society of New Westminster was founded by a board of six directors and now involves dancers from many dance studios.
This is a unique society, formed to gather together young, enthusiastic dancers to learn and rehearse full length ballets. This non-profit organization is the only one of its kind in Canada, presenting full length ballets with professional artistic direction, costumes, sets and lighting.
The Company has performed in theatres throughout the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Southern Alberta and have represented our community in Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm in California, Disneyworld in Florida and aboard the Royal Caribbean, Princess, Norwegian and Carnival Cruise Line ships. At all times our dancers are received as Goodwill Ambassadors of our community.
“The Nutcracker has succeeded year after year because it brings together the craft of professionals and passion of students, along with beautiful costumes, fantastic sets and the magical story, ” said artistic director Dolores Kirkwood, OBC. “Using professionals in the crew and for the more complex roles adds to our audience appeal, as well as showing students where their hard work can take them.”
A special tribute to Camilla Fishwick, who choreographed much of our first performance and has donated her time and talents for the 20 years of our Nutcracker life.