Tara Birtwhistle – Council Chair, Artistic Directors

Tara Birtwhistle is a highly accomplished and celebrated leader in dance. As a graduate of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division, Birtwhistle joined the RWB in 1991, dancing as a Principal dancer on stages around the world, her career spanning over 20 years. During that time, she received the Golden Jubilee Medal and the Diamond Jubilee Medal from her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth in recognition for her stage career and her contribution to dance in Canada.

Upon retiring from the stage Birtwhistle has been an integral part of the artistic team at the RWB. As Ballet Master for 11 years, she oversaw RWB productions at home and abroad, assisting highly acclaimed choreographers in their creative processes.  In 2018 Birtwhistle took on the leadership role of Associate Artistic Director. Now as Associate and approaching 32 years of working with the Royal Winnipeg, she is a member of the Leadership team of the organization. Among managing the artistic operations of the company and her work in the studios supporting the dancers, she is also a significant contributor to the Development and Marketing departments, aiding in building connections between the RWB and its donors, supporters, and patrons.  Birtwhistle also takes a prominent role in the RWB’s commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as well as the commitment to Reconciliation work within the Indigenous community.

Birtwhistle’s passion for dance is mirrored by her passion for supporting all artists in an environment that reflects a community and culture that’s built on trust and mutual respect.

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