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April 2: RD Classes resume
April 2: Cecchetti Exam rehearsals
April 5: ExplorAbility Session 3 begins
April 9: Last day for Sunday Movers & Shakers II
April 9: Cecchetti Exam Rehearsals
April 15: Last day for Saturday Movers & Shakers II
April 15: Last day to make-up classes (with the exception of adult classes and ITP)
April 18-24: Cecchetti Ballet examinations
April 27-29: Dance Festival Preview

RWB School year-end recitals: Dance Spectrum

Our year-end dance showcases celebrate the wonderful work of the RD students in three performances on June 17th and 18th!

Dance Spectrum #1 – Saturday, June 17 – 6:30pm at the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall

Dance Spectrum #2 – Sunday, June 18 – 2:00pm at the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall

Dance Spectrum #3 – Sunday, June 18 – 6:30pm at the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall

Tickets are available through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue, online at rwb.org, or by calling 204.956.2792.

Please note that students who are in only one half of the show (Level 2 and higher) are welcome to sit free of charge in the specified “student seating” for the other half of the show. They will require a ticket if they will be joining parents in the audience. Students in Level 1 and lower are required to be picked up by a parent or guardian after intermission. Students in Level 1 and lower who are not picked up by their parents will be kept in the balcony until their parents retrieve them following the second act. Running orders for the show will be posted in the atrium shortly. There is a list at the School Office for parents to check spelling of names for the programs and for attendance certificates.

Costumes are provided by the RWB wardrobe department. Students may be asked to wear part of the RWB School uniform as part of their costume.

The RWB School will be offering class photos and DVDs of our year end recitals for purchase as a keepsake. The photos are scheduled to be taken during the students’ dress rehearsal time and DVDs are recorded of each of the recitals. More information about pricing and ordering these items will be made available in our May newsletter.

Dance Spectrum Volunteers

Every year, we are grateful for the large number of parent volunteers who help our shows run smoothly backstage. Interested parents can sign up through the School Office. If classes are missing volunteers, the School Office will be contacting parents to inquire about their interest in joining our volunteer team!

1. If I volunteer do I have to volunteer for both the dress rehearsal and performance? YES
2. If I volunteer, will I miss my child’s performance? NO, volunteers will be allowed to watch from the front at dress rehearsal and from backstage at the performance.
3. Do I have to pay for a ticket? Absolutely not!
4. How will I know what to do? A meeting will be scheduled for all volunteers to go over their duties.

All Parent Volunteers will need to attend a mandatory training and information meeting on Saturday, June 3.

Festival Preview

Thursday, April 27 – 7:30pm
Friday, April 28 – 7:30pm
Saturday, April 29 – 7:30pm

This is your opportunity to view the pieces that will participate in Manitoba Dance Festival. Tickets are free of charge for performers’ families. Each participating student will receive two tickets for each show that they perform in. Information regarding tickets for this performance, including which evenings your child is performing, will be communicated to all participating students shortly.

Please note: video recording will not be permitted at the performances.

We are very pleased to announce that this year’s Festival Preview Silver Collection will be put toward the RWB School Recreational Division Opportunity Fund. This fund was created to ensure that as many young people as possible have access to quality dance programming at the RWB School.

Thunderstruck Canada Competition

From March 8-12, the RWB School Dance Ensemble students excelled at the Thunderstruck Canada Competition. Congratulations to all students who participated!

5678 Showtime Competition

The following weekend, March 17-19, RWB School Dance Ensemble students presented outstanding performances at the 5678 Showtime Competition and Convention. Convention participants had the opportunity to work with 5678 Showtime Faculty Loic Mabanza (Paris, France), Melissa Mitro (Canada) and Dareian Kujawa (USA). Students participated in a number of workshops, including Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Salsa, Contemporary and New Style.

Congratulations to Delaney Giesbrecht , who received a scholarship to either the Paris or Barcelona Dance Tour!

Congratulations to all students who participated in the competition!

Cecchetti Ballet Exams

Cecchetti Ballet Examinations will be taking place at the RWB School from April 18-24th. Exam times have been emailed to all participants with instructions for the day-of. If you have any questions regarding your child’s ballet exam, please speak with their teacher directly or contact the RWB School Office.

2017-18 Regular Session Registration

Save the date! Registration for 2017-18 Recreational Division classes will be from June 21-23 and June 25-29, 2017. Information regarding the 2017-18 RD Regular Session Registration will be communicated to all returning students following Spring Break! We look forward to sharing important details regarding booking appointments and confirmed dates and hours of our annual registration period with you.

Adult Summer Dance: July 3-August 3, 2017

A program specially designed for our adult students, Adult Summer Dance 2017 provides an opportunity to try new dance classes with only a five-week commitment. It also provides our returning students the wonderful opportunity to continue honing their skills over the summer months. It’s a fun and great way to keep fit!

Information regarding classes offered, schedules and registration is all available through our School Office or online at rwb.org/school.

Dance Intensive: July 31-August 12, 2017

Dance Intensive is a dynamic two-week training opportunity for dancers ages 9-18 hosted by the world renowned RWB School.

The experienced teaching staff at the RWB School, together with talented guest teachers, will inspire students to learn and grow. DI17 will feature some of our finest ballet instructors and talented guest teachers who are masters of dance genres beyond ballet. We are excited to announce New York based award winning choreographer and performer Josh Assor and RWB School Professional Division graduate and former Stuttgart Ballet dancer Kira Hofmann to DI17 this summer!!

Information regarding registration is avaiable through our School Office or online at rwb.org/school.

Join us for Sharing Dance Day on June 8

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is thrilled to once again be partnering with Canada’s National Ballet School on Sharing Dance, a national arts engagement strategy aimed at improving ACCESS to quality dance EDUCATION for the HEALTH of all Canadians. The Winnipeg celebration of Sharing Dance Day 2017 is on June 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm outside the RecPlex at the University of Winnipeg.

Rehearsals for Sharing Dance Day take place each Tuesday from 6:30-7:30pm with RD Faculty member Julie Gregorchuk. There is no fee to participate and all Manitobans ages 8+ are welcome to join (first come, first serve). Bring your families and friends – the more the merrier! Students under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult in the studio.

All participants must register at SharingDance.ca. If you require assistance with the registration process, or have any other questions or concerns, please contact Philippe Alexandre Jacques, Sharing Dance Coordinator, at 204-957-2215 or pjacques@rwb.org.

Livestreaming rehearsals

Livestreaming rehearsals are being broadcast every second Friday at 6:45 pm from now until June 8, 2017 at SharingDance.ca. Both standing and seated versions of the routine are available and all lessons will be posted online for easy access.

RWB School students take the stage in rural Manitoba

Congratulations to our RWB School satellite students, Winnipeg students and teachers who wowed audiences in March with recitals in St Malo and Altona.

Lisa Brooks prepped her students for an outstanding St Malo recital on March 16, which included performances by RD Students Joshua Levesque, Anna Radawetz, and Maryn Woo.

On March 18, Karyn Maertens presented her recital with Satellite students in Altona. Guest performers included Ryley Krauss and Sophie Lee of the RWB School’s Professional Division, as well as Sophie Chen of the RWB School’s Recreational Division.

We look forward to our recital in Eriksdale taking place in May. We would like to thank all dancers, teachers and staff for another fabulous season spreading the excitement of the RWB School across Manitoba!


Mingle with our company dancers, experience live and exciting ballet all under the sexy and sultry skies of a Havana night. Keep the lights low and bring your dancing shoes because Havana Nights continues late into the night with an after-party for all ballet ball guests with the RWB Company dancers.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 RBC Convention Centre | North Building Main Floor Ballroom
6:00PM Cocktail Reception
7:00PM Performance and Dinner
Live and Silent Auctions
Luxury Raffle
10:00PM After Party

For more information: Royal Winnipeg Ballet Development Department
Telephone: 204.957.3457
Email: development@rwb.org

Vespers: May 10-14, 2017

WORLD PREMIERE - A New Ballet Choreographed to Claudio Monteverdi’s ‘Vespers, 1610’.

We welcome the Spring of 2017 with a new creation based on the music of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers. Vespers means “evening prayer” and for over four hundred years have certainly stood the test of time. It remains well known to this day - a true testament to the music’s remarkable power and quality.Leading this newly commissioned work is internationally acclaimed choreographer, James Kudelka.

For more information, including tickets, please click here.

Spotlight: May 25-27, 2017

Spotlight is a main stage feature production featuring students of the RWB School Professional Division. Performing excerpts from the best of the traditional ballets, the RWB School Professional Division will capture your hearts and impress you with their versatility and unique talents. Past performances have included excerpts from La Bayadère, Le Corsaire, Coppélia, and Don Quixote.

Graduates have gone on to perform, choreograph and teach for major dance companies such as Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Singapore Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and other companies throughout the world.

For more information, please click here