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90 Hours in the RWB School Professional Division

In any given 90 hour period, the 100 students of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division maintain a rigorous schedule as they strive to become the next generation of dance artists.

The young dancers, along with the RWB School faculty and support staff, will have cumulatively participated in 96 hours of dance classes with another 45 hours of repertoire rehearsal within that time period. The RWB physiotherapy team will have spent 12 hours keeping the young dancers fit and able to meet the demands of their training. Over 40 hours of designing, cutting and sewing of costumes will have been done by the RWB wardrobe team, along with at least three hours of costume/shoe fittings and another nine hours of building props and scenery by the production team, all in preparation of our 40th anniversary show coming up in May. Additionally, each student will have personally partaken of nine nutritious meals (and snacks!) prepared by our residence chefs, spent 12 hours in academic classes, another four and a half hours in study hall and at least five hours worth of calling home to their families all over the world. And, hopefully, they will have also got some well-deserved sleep somewhere along the way!

Debra Zoerb
Director of Operations, School

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