February 2014 Recreational Division Newsletter

Feb 04 2014 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter

RWB ADULT PROGRAM STUDENT CROSSES DANCE CLASSES OFF HER BUCKET LIST

Though Margaret Yole had very little experience with dance, taking dance classes more seriously was always something on her “bucket list”. Her first introduction to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet was one afternoon as she was riding the bus past the RWB building and saw a smiling young girl enter – it was then she decided to sign up for a jazz class.

“It was right then and there I decided I wanted to dance. I really wanted to do something outside of my job life”, said Margaret, who works for the federal government. “I wanted to do something in the arts and dance seemed like a good fit,” she said.

That was five years ago. Margaret now takes jazz, ballet and modern classes in the Adult Program in the RWB School Recreational Division and she says if she had time to do more, she would.

“I am so thankful for the program. It’s great for people who like to learn and challenge themselves – there are so many varieties and levels to progress to,” Margaret says. “I never thought I could pirouette in my life and now I can.”

Margaret says one of her favourite things about taking part in the RWB School Adult Dance program is the recital, Steppin’ Out. The performance happens each year in the spring and gives the adult students an opportunity to showcase their work.

While her first time on stage was nerve-wracking, Margaret says the experiences she’s had on the Steppin’ Out stage have been opportunities of a lifetime.

“The level of commitment the RWB School puts into the show is amazing. As an adult, there is no place you really have an opportunity to have that kind of experience unless you are a performer,” Margaret said.

Margaret says she recommends the RWB Adult Program to everyone she knows.

“I tell people – if you’ve ever thought about dancing, just try it. There’s people of every age bracket, from 18 to mid-sixties and everyone involved, both students and instructors are amazing. I look forward to spending time with them each week,” Margaret said.

Steppin’ Out 2014 will take place on Saturday, March 1 (7:30 pm) and Sunday March 2 (2pm, 7:30pm) in Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Founders’ studio (380 Graham Avenue). Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

STEPPIN’ OUT: RECREATIONAL DIVISION ADULT STUDENT SHOWCASE

Our Adult Program students have been working diligently over the past few weeks in preparation for Steppin’ Out, the RWB School Recreational Division adult student showcase.

March 1 at 7:30 pm
March 2 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

TICKETS: Adults: $15* Students / Seniors: $10*
*Fees + taxes are not included.

Tickets are available through the RWB Box Office.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, February 3, 2014! Steppin’ Out performers are strongly encouraged to buy their tickets during the pre-sale period as this popular program always sells out quickly.

DVDs will be available for purchase through the School Office between February 1 and March 10. DVDs are $25 each.

FIRST STEPS

Experience first-hand the fresh and dynamic choreography by students from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division.

From start to finish, students play a vital role. From choreography to music selection to Royal Winnipeg Ballet wardrobe and production details our Professional Division students have selected it all! Expect to see any and all dance forms presented such as contemporary/modern dance, jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, ballet and more.

Audience members have the opportunity to cast their vote for which dance wins The People’s Choice Award, and who will continue to the Final Performance + Awards Ceremony. The competition is juried by notable dance professionals from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and industry members from within the community.

CHOREOGRAPHY PREMIERES

Saturday, February 15 2pm + 7:30pm
Sunday, February 16 2pm
Tuesday, February 18 7:30pm
Wednesday, February 19 7:30pm
Thursday, February 20 7:30pm

TICKETS: Adults: $10* Students / Seniors: $5*

FINAL PERFORMANCE & AWARDS CEREMONY

Saturday, February 22 7:30pm

TICKETS: $25*

*Fees + taxes are not included