In university, Paul Destrooper picked up sports quickly and proficiently. However, after trying ballet on a whim he felt physically challenged. Determined to perfect his form, Paul trained ten hours a day for three years to successfully graduate from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet; then joining the company professionally. The art form afforded him an international dance career spanning two decades. Today, as Artistic Director of Ballet Victoria his unique choreographic perspective focuses on instructing dancers how to make physical effort look easy and seamless. Rehearsing pas de deux, for example, dancers work to enhance their technique to illuminate their partner so audiences may fully embrace the emotion of the choreography. Paul’s talents evolve through observation and work with international principal dancers and choreographers. Paul seeks opportunities to bring more professionals to the company and hopes that the ideal dance performance venue might one day be built in Victoria.
From catch to table the London Chef teaches cooking is fun
Dan Hayes’ strong suit in life turned out to be a keen curiosity with food – from catch to table. A choice that was both a blessing and life long career built on dedication.
For the Love of Hats
Browsing shops on a weekend getaway, Lynda Marie became infatuated with her very first traditional dress hat. A passion for the texture and structure ensued and never left.
Diligence at a young age proves magic
The act of successfully floating a dollar bill was the first time Jason Verners believed he could truly perform magic. Playing with magic tricks
Work. Surf. Eat. Travel. Repeat.
For Nick Van Buren and Paul D. Long, this motto was their livelihood right out of high school. While surfing shorelines
Now it’s time! Sound locked in.
Singer songwriter Evan Bourque of Victoria went the usual route of playing the local pub venues for experience and to get his bearings musically before
Sunrise brings a re-discovered love of music back to a shining star
Growing up Paul O’Brien was surrounded by Celtic sounds, he played a variety of instruments and at thirteen began playing guitar.