Monday, July 02, 2007

Quinte Ballet School of Canada Crowned Miss Universe 2007

Photo: Bob House
Riyo Mori performed as Clara's mother in the Quinte Ballet School of Canada's production of The Nutcracker which took place on November 19th, 2005 at the Empire Theatre in Belleville.
Former Student of Quinte Ballet School of Canada Crowned Miss Universe 2007

Congratulations to 20 year old Riyo Mori, the new Miss Universe 2007! Riyo studied dance at the Quinte Ballet School in 2004 and 2005 in the Professional Ballet and Teacher Training Programmes. She graduated from Centennial Secondary School in Belleville in June of 2005.
Riyo was crowned Miss Japan in March of this year and was then awarded the title of Miss Universe at the pageant which took place in Mexico City on May 28th.

In the interview competition Riyo said "I learned how to always be happy, be patient and to be positive and this is what I want to teach to the next generation." Riyo's mother owns a dance school in Japan and that is also Riyo's goal for the future.
We are all very proud of you Riyo!
About the School:
The Quinte Ballet School of Canada has focused on the needs and dreams of aspiring young dancers since 1972.

The School was established by Brian Scott, the Founding Artistic Director. With over thirty years of excellence in dance, the Quinte Ballet School of Canada has evolved into a highly respected member of the national and international dance community. The School is a non-profit, charitable organization, operated by a well qualified artistic and administrative staff and a volunteer Board of Directors. The School is proud of its many graduates who have entered the dance profession and now perform in major Canadian and international dance companies.
The Quinte Ballet School of Canada is situated in Belleville, Ontario, a location that provides easy access to the main centres of Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Several U.S. cities are also within one day's travel. Belleville, located on the Bay of Quinte, is a community-minded centre with a population of 46,000. It offers a variety of outdoor activities and entertainment options and is home to many artists and artisans who provide a broad range of cultural pursuits to students.
Performance ToursThe study of Repertoire is an integral part of the School's curriculum. Learning an internationally established Repertoire allows the student to participate in one of the most important educational activities of the School, performance tours held each winter and spring.

Travelling to venues throughout Ontario, the students perform various classical works such as those by Petipa, Bournonville, Ashton and Fokine. Over the years, students of the School have performed classics such as The Nutcracker as well as excerpts from Giselle, Don Quixote, Swan Lake and Paquita, among many others.

Offerings from contemporary choreographers are also featured during the spring performance tour.

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Hamilton / Belleville

The Branch was formed in December 1954 by a dedicated group of dancers, many of them Scottish immigrants, under the tutelage of their first instructor, Miss Jean Matheson.

Membership peaked in the 1970s at well over 300 and the Branch currently has approximately 100 members. For many years there have been classes catering to all levels of dancing ability, both for children and adults, taught by excellent Branch teachers and occasionally guest teachers. Our teaching staff is very experienced and they are often invited to instruct at other dancing groups throughout North America and overseas.

Hamilton has the distinction of being the first RSCDS Branch in Canada and has been at the forefront of Scottish dancing development in Canada ever since its inauguration. Branch teachers have been, and continue to be, dedicated members and officials of the Teachers' Association of Canada.