Celebrated ballerina Evelyn Hart gets key to city

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Acclaimed ballerina Evelyn Hart joined a small but successful cohort of people to receive a key to the City of Winnipeg on Thursday.

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Acclaimed ballerina Evelyn Hart joined a small but successful cohort of people to receive a key to the City of Winnipeg on Thursday.

Mayor Brian Bowman awarded Hart a key in recognition of her more than 30-year career with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Hart started her ballet career in Winnipeg, joining the RWB in 1976 and becoming a soloist just two years later and a principal dancer just one year after that. Over the course of her lengthy career, she has performed in more than 118 countries and on every single continent.

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Evelyn Hart is all smiles after being presented the key to the city by Mayor Brian Bowman to recognize her achievements as an award-winning ballerina, an internationally renowned dancer, and one of Canada’s most treasured artists at RWB Thursday.

The Winnipeg key is far from Hart’s first honour. She was made an officer of the Order of Canada and shortly promoted to companion. She was also Manitoba’s Woman of the Year in 1987 and holds two honourary doctorates, one from the University of Manitoba and the other from McMaster University in southern Ontario.

Hart’s onscreen performance work has netted her two ACTRA Awards for appearing in Belong as well as the titular role in Romeo and Juliet. She has a spot on Canada’s Walk of Fame and is the recipient of a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in recognition of her many achievements.

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