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Meet The Artists


David  Peregrine

dancer / Royal Winnipeg Ballet / Belong


David Peregrine was known as a noble, unmannered dance. Born David Alan Evans in Ottawa, he began training at age 15 at Nesta Toumine's Classical Ballet Studio in his hometown. He continued his training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.

Peregrine made his professional debut with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1975. He was promoted to principal dancer in 1980, the same year he won two bronze medals. The first was at the World Ballet Concours in Japan ; the second, at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria.

On both occasions, Peregrine's partner was Royal Winnipeg Ballet principal Evelyn Hart. In Japan, they performed Norbert Vesak 's Belong (1973), winning a gold medal for choreography on behalf of Vesak. A fluid and emotional pas de deux, Belong became the celebrated duo's signature piece, which they performed in galas on the world stage.

Besides heading the Royal Winnipeg Ballet at home and on international tours, Peregrine danced with the San Francisco Ballet for two seasons. He was also a guest artist with Alberta Ballet,Scottish Ballet and Boston Ballet. His acclaimed roles include Jamie Paul in Vesak's The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (1971), and both Romeo and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet.

In 1982, Peregrine made his professional acting debut as Smike in Nicholas Nickleby at the Manitoba Theatre Centre. In 1986, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Peregrine died when the light aircraft he was piloting crashed in Alaska.

Learn more:

Wyman, Max. Revealing Dance. Toronto: Dance Collection Danse, 2001.