Winnipeg 1938-1945

Before there was a Royal Winnipeg Ballet, there was the Winnipeg Ballet. Or the Winnipeg Ballet Club, now reborn as a support group for the Company. It was formed in 1939 by Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Hey, sponsored a Command Performance for the visiting British Royalty in 1940 (who didn't attend) and were finally recognized as "Royal" in 1953 by Queen Elizabeth.


Phyllis Greenberg, Shiffy Weinberg, Clare Brown,
Shirley Kobrinksy, Miss Lloyd and David Adams

The beginnings

My first exposure to dance began in 1935 with the films of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. My sister was a film buff; collected the movie magazines, and in most cases took her young brother to the films. I did … More