Dancing duo headed to Winnipeg Ballet

Christopher Gooding
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AMHERST – Miriam Dysart and Abbey Letcher, both 11 years-old and with four years of ballet instruction, auditioned in Moncton for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and were accepted to a four-week study in the summer of 2014.

Atlantic Dance Academy’s Abbey Letcher and Miriam Dysart have been accepted to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School for a four-week study this coming summer.

Just earning an audition, academy instructor Dina Leisch said, is a unique opportunity.

“Not everyone gets an audition,” Leisch said. “

The opportunity presents the girls a step closer to the revered school. While there for their summer studies they will be observed and if they see the same potential Leisch sees, they could be offered a more permanent position.

“I feel excited, nervous,” Letcher said.

“At first, when I read the letter I was overjoyed. It’s a dream of mine to go to Winnipeg,” Dysart said.

“We teared up together when we found out we are going together,” Letcher said.

“I was going to cry, too,” Leisch said. “I was worried how they would do but somehow I knew they would get accepted. I’ve very proud of them.”

In the meantime, until summer comes, Letcher and Dysart are very busy with their dance studies and this coming December 7th the two will perform in Sackville in Mount Alison’s presentation of the Nutcracker, taking turns at the role of Clara.

“For their age they are very advanced,” Leisch said.

 

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Organizations: Winnipeg Ballet

Geographic location: Winnipeg, Sackville, Mount Alison

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