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March 31 Classes resume
March 31 Cecchetti Exam rehearsals
April 7 Cecchetti Exam rehearsals
April 7 Last day for Sunday Movers & Shakers II
April 13 Last day for Saturday Movers & Shakers II
April 13 2019 RWB Ballet Ball
April 9 – 14 Cecchetti Ballet examinations
April 16 – 18 Dance Festival Preview
April 19 Good Friday (no RD Classes)
April 20 Last day to make-up classes (with the exception of adult classes and ITP)
April 21 Easter Sunday (no RD Classes)
April 22 – 28 Canadian National Dance Competition


Our year-end dance showcases celebrate the wonderful work of the RD students in three performances on June 15th and 16th!

Dance Spectrum #1 – Saturday, June 15 – 6:30pm at the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall
Dance Spectrum #2 – Sunday, June 16 – 1:00pm at the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall
Dance Spectrum #3 – Sunday, June 16 – 6:30pm at the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall

Tickets will be available through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue, online at rwb.org, or by calling 204.956.2792 on April 17 at 12:00PM (Noon).

NEW Ticket Pricing includes the following changes:

  • Lower ticket prices: We have lowered the overall ticket price to $24 plus GST. This price includes all service fees.
  • Multi-show discounts: We are implementing a multi-show discount policy that operates in the same way as our multiple class discounts. We are pleased to offer a 10% discount for patrons who are purchasing tickets to two or more Dance Spectrum performances. The first performance will be billed at full price; tickets for additional shows will be $21.60 plus tax.
  • Please note – Discounts will be applied according to the number of tickets purchased for multiple shows. When you buy two tickets to one performance, you will receive 10% off two tickets to the second performance.
  • Children under two attend for free: There will be no charge for tickets for children under two years of age; however, they must remain on a parent’s lap during the performance. The Concert Hall requires all attendees to have a ticket, so please indicate the need for a complimentary child’s ticket at the time of purchase

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. The Dance Spectrum dress rehearsal running order has been posted on the bulletin board in the atrium, and the show orders for the performances 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

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.


Every year, we are grateful for the large number of parent volunteers who help our shows run smoothly backstage. Parents who are interested in volunteering at Dance Spectrum can leave their contact information with the School Office. Information regarding specific times that parent volunteers will be required will be released after Spring Break.


  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.


Tuesday, April 16 – 7:30pm
Wednesday, April 17 – 7:30pm
Thursday, April 18 – 7:30pm

This is your opportunity to view the pieces that have and will participate at various competitions and events throughout the season. Tickets are free of charge for performers’ families. Information regarding tickets for this performance, including which evenings your child is performing, has been communicated to all participating students.

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

We will be accepting donations at this year’s Festival Preview performances to be put toward the RWB School Recreational Division Opportunity Fund. Donations cards will be provided in the programs and may be deposited into the ballot box located in the lobby during each show. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will go towards supporting The Recreational Division Opportunity Fund. This fund which was created to ensure that as many young people as possible have access to quality dance programming at the RWB School. Applicants will be asked to submit a letter outlining the circumstances of their financial need and bursaries will be distributed at the discretion of RWB School staff.


From March 16-18, RWB School Dance Ensemble students presented outstanding performances at the 5678 Showtime Competition.

From March 18 – 22, RWB School Dance Ensemble students again delivered amazing performances at the MOVE Dance Competition

Senior Musical Theatre won 2nd Runner Up Group of the Year at 5678 for their piece “Welcome to the Rock”, choreographed by Cheyenne Schroeder!

From March 22 - 24, RWB School Dance Ensemble students performed in the WSO production of Guys & Dolls: In Concert alongside stars from Rainbow Stage.

Congratulations to all students who participated in these performances!


Cecchetti Ballet Examinations will be taking place at the RWB School from April 9 – 14. 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.


RWB School Registration is fast approaching! Parents and families of current RWB students will have an exclusive opportunity to secure registration appointments starting on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 10:00 am. On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, appointments will be made available to the general public as well. Class registration will run from June 19-22 and June 24-27, 2019.

All registration appointment bookings will be available on a first come, first served basis. Classes will fill quickly and are subject to availability. An appointment is required to register for classes during the designated registration period. We will not be able to provide registration support without a scheduled appointment.

To book your appointment between May 7 and May 21, you will require an access code. The access code will be emailed to you in late April. Appointments can be made at www.rwb.org/register. The School Office is unable to book your appointment for you.

Please note that you do not require your child’s placement level to book an appointment. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School Office.


Adult Summer Dance is a five-week RWB School Recreational Division program for adults of all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re an experienced dancer looking to refine your technique or a beginner keen to try something new, Adult Summer Dance has just the class to meet your needs. Classes are available in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and modern dance with various options to suit your summer schedule. Be sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity to strengthen your body, focus your mind and express your individual style this summer – not to mention have some fun!

Visit rwb.org/adultsummerdance for more information and to register today!


Don’t forget to register by April 1 & save $100!

DI19 is designed to give students the opportunity to express themselves artistically, improve their technique and deepen their understanding of ballet in a positive and supportive environment.

The experienced teaching staff at the RWB School, together with talented guest teachers, will inspire students to learn and grow. DI19 will feature some of our finest ballet instructors and talented guest teachers who are masters of dance genres beyond ballet. Our 2019 guest teachers are RWB School alumi Rachael McLaren, Principal Dance with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and RWB Soloists Yayoi Ban and Alanna McAdie.

Visit rwb.org/danceintensive for more information and to register today!


The 2019 signature Sharing Dance routine as now been released! RWB School graduate Philippe-Alexandre Jacques was commissioned together with Esie Mensah to create the Contemporary/Afrofusion choreography based on the theme “Roots & Identity”


Every Tuesday from February 5-May 28, 2019, the RWB welcomes kids ages 8-12 for FREE weekly classes from 5-6 pm at the RWB on 380 Graham Avenue. There is no advanced registration, and kids are encouraged to attend weekly, but not required. Kids and families may choose to participate in Sharing Dance Day, but why miss the country’s biggest dance party when everyone is invited? Contact the RWB School Office at 204-957-3467 or school@rwb.org for more information.


Everyone is invited to learn the choreography online. Tutorials are available any day of the week, any time of day and can be access individually, together with a group of friends or as a family activity. As a fully accessible program, there is a version to follow for those who need to remain seated. Winnipeg is one of the coldest places in the world and this is one way to keep moving and have fun indoors all winter long! When the frost thaws in May everyone is encouraged to attend Sharing Dance Day and participate in the country’s biggest dance party!


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

Emily Bergen presented beautiful recitals in two communities, Riverton and Altona, with Satellite students. Guest performers in Riverton included Morley Anderson, RWB Dance Ensemble student, and Michel Lavoie and Sarah Snider, RWB Aspirants. Guest performers in Altona included Alexa Bresler and Weldon Scott, RWB Dance Ensemble students, and Marin Greenan, Ethan Ribeiro, and Logan Savard, RWB PD students.

Karyn Maertens prepared her students for an outstanding St Malo recital on March 21st, which included performances by Dance Ensemble Students Zoe Eccleston and Annika Zirino, along with RWB Aspirants Michel Lavoie and Sarah Snider.

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!


Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet invites you to a lavish, unforgettable evening on Saturday, April 13 at the Fairmont in Winnipeg, the 2019 Ballet Ball: Hollywood’s Golden Age

We are excited to announce that the RWB School Senior Jazz Dance Ensemble students will be performing their piece “All That Jazz”, choreographed by Nicole Kepp, at this year’s RWB Ballet Ball! Congratulations to Bryn Dubberley, Megan Gareau, Delaney Giesbrecht, Chantelle McAllister, Daria McKennitt, Serena Paley, Anna Radawetz, Shayla Trippier, Zenya Veryha, and Maryn Woo on what will be an amazing performance!

For more information please visit rwb.org/balletball


We are always eager to know of any student accomplishments in the dance world outside of the RWB! Please email school@rwb.org to share any accomplishments that you would like to share with us and the rest of the RWB student body in the monthly newsletter!