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June 28th, 2016

The School of Alberta Ballet is thrilled to announce Professional Division student Tate McRae has made Top 10 during last night’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance. After rigorous auditions, tough choreography and incredible performances she is partnered with all star Kathryn McCormick and will compete live in the coming shows. McRae is the only Canadian dancer who made the show and one of two contemporary/ jazz dancers.  

McRae is a 12-year-old from Calgary and a Grade 7 student at the School of Alberta Ballet.  She is in her third year of training at the School and also trains with YYC Dance Project, which is a partner organization primarily focused on contemporary dance and jazz. All of McRae’s ballet training is provided through the School of Alberta Ballet.  

“We are overjoyed to see Tate’s success on So You Think You Can Dance and we are thrilled to see what her classical training at the School has provided her with to help lead her on this path. We wish her the best of luck as she embarks on this journey,” says Ashley McNeil, Ballet Principal at the School of Alberta Ballet.  

“I have taught Tate for four years and I have watched her grow and develop into a very mature, artistic and refined young dancer. She truly is a rare talent – with talent you need training and Tate is so dedicated, determined and focused on achieving her goals. She deserves every success.”  

McRae is currently enrolled in the summer intensive at the School, but will leave shortly to film in LA.  She trains in classical ballet daily and dances a total 15 hours per week in classical ballet studies, and 10-15 more hours a week in contemporary. 

“I am so excited to have made Top 10 and cannot wait to go to LA for the live shows. This entire experience has been a dream come true and I feel blessed to have made it this far,” says McRae. 


About the School of Alberta Ballet

For 24 years, the School of Alberta Ballet has been consistently recognized as a world class training facility and charitable organization. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Edmund Stripe, the School has an annual enrolment of more than 600 students in its Open Division and Professional Division. The School of Alberta Ballet has an active community profile with free outreach and community programs reaching thousands of children every year.

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