February RD Online Bulletin
Important Calendar Reminders:
February 7-14: RWB School Professional Division’s First Steps Choreographic Competition
February 7: Ballet Jorgen’s Cinderella
February 7: Goh Ballet Master Classes
February 8: Cecchetti Ballet Examination Fees Due to the School Office
February 16: Louis Riel Day – No RD Classes
February 19: Boys Mentorship Program with RWB Company
February 22: Cecchetti Exam Rehearsal
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 14 at 7:30 pm
March 15 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Tickets are available through the RWB Box Office and go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, January 27th!
DVDs will be available for purchase through the School Office between February 27th and March 22nd. DVDs are $28 each.
Dance Spectrum and Spring Concert Dates
Dance Spectrum and Spring Concert, our year-end student showcases, are just around the corner! Mark your calendars with the dates below:
Spring Concert - May 31 - Pantages Playhouse Theatre @ 3:00 pm
Dance Spectrum #1 - June 6 - Centennial Concert Hall @ 6:30 pm
Dance Spectrum #2 - June 7 - Centennial Concert Hall @ 6:30 pm
Tickets will be available through the RWB Customer Service Office on March 17, 2015. Please keep watching your email for details.
Cecchetti Ballet Examinations
The RWB School is pleased to be offering ballet exams in the Cecchetti Syllabus once again this year. At the end of January all ballet students attending the second class may receive an invitation to participate in the exam process. These decisions are made by students’ ballet teachers and will be based on progress, attendance, focus and the standard set by the Cecchetti Society of Canada. The exam session will be held in April and a maximum of four mandatory Sunday exam rehearsals will be scheduled during the months prior. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of two ballet classes per week of the same level to be considered for these exams.
Please be aware that ballet examinations are NOT mandatory to advance to the next RWB and Cecchetti level (with the exception of the Intermediate exam). We encourage students to consider taking exams as they are a positive goal for students to work toward. Ballet exams are offered in select ballet classes from Levels 1-8 and within the Intensive Training Program. Upon completion of an examination, students will receive a certificate and detailed report from the Cecchetti Society. For more information please speak to your child’s ballet teacher.
Every school that enters the Manitoba Dance Festival must provide a certain number of volunteers based on their number of entries. Volunteers are given roles at the Festival which may include: handing out certificates onstage, working at the information booth or monitoring the audience. We truly appreciate any time you are able to donate on behalf of the RWB School.
We also require a large number of parent volunteers to support our year-end recitals, Dance Spectrum and Spring Concert, backstage. Volunteers can view their children’s performances at the dress rehearsal from the front and the performance from backstage with no need to purchase a ticket!
The RWB School appreciates any assistance parents are able to provide. If you are interested in helping with either of these events, please visit the RWB School Office to sign up.
If you have any questions regarding festival rehearsals please contact your child’s choreographer directly. The RWB School Office is able to pass along correspondence from parents/students to teachers however, please be aware that the teacher will not be able to receive your message until their next scheduled day of teaching.
Celebrating 25 years of First Steps Choreographic Competition
RWB School Professional Division presents First Steps Choreographic Competition from February 7-14, 2015
As First Steps Choreographic Competition celebrates its 25th Anniversary this month, you are invited to witness the debut of original works by students of RWB School’s Professional Division. Started in 1990, First Steps gives students in the RWB School Professional Division an opportunity to create original choreography, overseeing all creative elements including music, lighting, costuming, and dancer selection.
This year, in celebration of the 25th Anniversary, RWB School welcomes four renowned choreographers to the jury panel to adjudicate the competition. Mark Godden, choreographer of RWB’s critically-acclaimed work Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation and creator of RWB full-length works Dracula, The Magic Flute and Svengali, will sit on the panel along with First Steps founder Josée Garant, choreographer of ballet blockbusters Moulin Rouge ® - The Ballet and Peter Pan Jorden Morris, and Vancouver-based international choreographer Heather Myers.
Saturday, February 7 - 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 8 - 2:00 pm
Monday, February 9 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, February 10 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, February 11 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 12 - 7:30 pm
Final Performance + Awards Ceremony:
Saturday, February 14 - 7:30 pm
Purchase tickets online or call RWB’s Customer Service Office: 204.956.2792
*Plus applicable fees + taxes
RWB 75th Diamond Gala
This April, RWB invites ballet fans to its spectacular annual event, the RWB 75th Diamond Gala. In celebration of the 75th Anniversary, this year’s Gala moves to the newly renovated RBC Convention Centre. Complete with a delectable menu, exclusive performances and a memorable evening with RWB Company dancers, this year’s Gala is an event that is not to be missed. Proceeds from RWB’s 75th Diamond Gala support the RWB and the continuation of the RWB’s legacy in the world of dance.
Saturday April 18, 2015
6:00 p.m. | Cocktail Reception featuring live entertainment by Ron Paley
7:00 p.m. | Dinner and Performance
10:30 p.m. | After Party
For tickets and information, please contact:
Development and Event Coordinator
Boys Mentorship Program
The Recreational Division and RWB Company are pleased to offer a mentorship opportunity to our currently registered boys in Level 1 through Level 5A/Pre-ITP.
On Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 5-6 pm the RWB Company will open their studio doors to young dancers from our Recreational Division. The students will get to experience a demonstration of the company’s current repertoire, followed by a coaching session with Ballet Master Jaime Vargas and a mentoring session with some of the male professional dancers. The activity ends with a Q + A session.
If your child is interested in participating in this exciting opportunity please contact our RWB School Office to register in advance. Registration is free of charge but space is limited and pre-registration is required by Monday, February 16.
RWB School dancers perform in Ballet Jörgen’s Cinderella
As an exciting addition to Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s rendition of Cinderella, four RWB School Recreational Division students take the stage along with the Toronto-based ballet troupe at the Centennial Concert Hall on February 7. Magdalena McGregor and Kari Valmestad join the production in the role of Fairies and Luke Boguski and Ronan Sheikh as Ballroom Attendants.
Acclaimed by the critics as “destined to live happily ever after” (Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail), Cinderella by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is an innovative take on the classic fairy tale. Jörgen’s choreography balances the fairy tale classic with contemporary family relationships creating an evening filled with wonder, laughter, and love. Tickets available at the RWB Customer Service Office (380 Graham Avenue), by phone (204.956-2492 | 1.800.667.4792) and online by clicking here.
Goh Ballet Canadian Master Class Series
The Goh Ballet Academy will be hosting their Canadian Master Class Series across the country through the month of February. Prima Ballerina and Goh Ballet Academy Director, Chan Hon Goh, will be in Winnipeg on February 7th hosting classes at the RWB building. Interested students between the ages of 10-18 years with a minimum of 3 years ballet training can find out more information and register online at http://www.gohballet.com/.