Don Cherry, ballet dancer
He was a better hockey coach than a player, and a better commentator than a coach. But as Don Cherry's career gained momentum, so did the controversy. Brash, outspoken and flamboyant, Cherry has the biggest mouth in hockey. It's a quality that Canadians either love, love to hate, or just hate. From his time on ice to his time on air, Don Cherry's unrestrained commentary has often landed him in hot water.
. Bruce Monk, who in this clip gives Cherry his first ballet lesson, is a former dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company. He has instructed the school's professional division for over a decade. Monk was ballet master for the 2002 film production of Guy Maddin's Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary. Monk is also renowned for his dance photography. He specializes in a traditional platinum printing process that creates ghostly prints that do not oxidize.
. Founded in 1939, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is North America's longest continuously operating ballet company. Queen Elizabeth conferred the royal title in 1953. The company toured North America the following year and has since performed in countries around the world.
. Don Cherry is less known for his interests outside of hockey. These include his love of his bull terrier Blue (they frequently appeared together in interviews), collecting Royal Doulton china, being a devout Anglican and reading history.
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: Oct. 25, 1990
Guest(s): Don Cherry, Bruce Monk
Reporter: Scott Oake
Hockey Night in Canada Theme: Dolores Claman
Last updated: November 1, 2012
Page consulted on March 28, 2013
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