Nov 28 2016 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter

Important Calendar Reminders

November 27-December 3: Parent Observation
December 7: Last day for ExplorAbility Session #1
December 15: RD Physio ends for the holidays
December 18: Last day to drop off food for Winnipeg Harvest
December 16: Deadline to submit requests for audition materials
December 11 & 17: Last day for Movers and Shakers I
December 22 - 30 : RWB Company performs Nutcracker
December 18-January 7: Winter Break (No RD classes)
January 8: RD classes resume

Movers and Shakers II Registration

The first session of the Movers and Shakers program (3-year-old creative movement) will be coming to an end as of Saturday, December 17th. The second session will begin on Sunday, January 8th. Movers and Shakers II will not involve parent participation; however parents will be invited to view their child’s class during the March Observation Week. All registrations are currently being accepted through the School Office. Current Movers and Shakers students are welcome to register for the second session if they did not do so when they initially registered.

RWB School Winnipeg Harvest Inc. Food Drive

Donating to Winnipeg Harvest Inc. is one of the ways that our students can give back to the community. We will have Harvest bins placed outside the School Office from November 28 – December 18 for students, staff, and parents to drop of their non-perishable food items. This time of year is always a difficult time for some families and we encourage our own RWB School families to help out in any way they can in lieu of gifts for teachers. Most needed items are:

1. Canned fish and poultry – tuna, or salmon (packed in water) chicken or turkey
2. Canned fruit and vegetables (packed in own juice)
3. Canned stew, chili, brown beans
4. Peanut Butter
5. Baby Food - jars of chicken, beef, vegetables or fruit, infant cereal such as oatmeal, barley or rice, Formula with added iron (While donations of infant formula with added iron are needed, Winnipeg Harvest supports breastfeeding.)
6. Whole grain pasta/whole wheat pasta
7. Rice – brown, converted or parboiled
8. Canned spaghetti sauce or tomatoes
9. Cereal – high fiber, non-sugar coated
10. Canned soup – lentil, pea, vegetable

Dance Manitoba Showcase

On Sunday, November 21st the RWB School performed at Dance Manitoba’s annual Members’ Showcase. This event is dedicated to the promotion of dance and dance education in Manitoba. The Showcase Concert provides an opportunity for dancers to experience performing on stage in a professional environment and for Manitobans to sample the range and diversity of dance talent in the province. The variety of dance disciplines represented at the Showcase Concert include jazz, modern, tap, ballet, hip hop, and musical theatre. This year, the RWB School performed “Les Sylphides”, choreographed by Nicole Kepp and Katrin Benedictson and danced by Arianna Barczak, Madison Bassett, Danika Burdeniuk, Anabel Copp, Bryn Dubberley, Esmé Franck, Megan Gareau, Sarah Gauthier, Delaney Giesbrecht, Clarissa Nitifan, Anna Radawetz, Madison Rousseau, Alexandra Sahasrabuddhe, Taylor Simpson, Shayla Trippier, Zenya Veryha, Katie Welham, Kierra Wilfer, Alyanna Yu, and Irina Znamirowski.

Triple Threat Dance Convention

On November 12-13 several RWB students attended the Triple Threat Dance Convention at the RBC Convention Centre. Students had the opportunity to work with several talented Convention teachers, including Sean Cheesman, Lisa LaTouche, Kim Gingras and Megan Lawson.

RWB Recreational Division students Niki Powell and Charlotte Smith won single convention scholarships. Congratulations to these ladies!

Requests for Audition Support Material

The RWB School is kindly asking that parents of RWB Recreational Division students who are interested in auditioning for specific performance opportunities, summer schools or workshops in the city or abroad, inform their child’s dance teacher or the Principal. The RWB School endeavours to support students through these audition processes, and ensuring teachers and the Principal are aware of participation helps us to do so. Please note, if students or parents are requesting support from the RWB School by means of video auditions or letters of recommendation, they must pick up an application form at the School Office and hand it in by December 18.


When midnight strikes, young Clara’s enchanted Christmas gift leads her into a wondrous world… with the valiant Nutcracker at her side, Clara defeats the Mouse King and his army of mice, and journeys to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets.

This sparkling holiday tradition is a festive feast for the senses with enchanting costumes, timeless choreography and a brilliant score by Tchaikovsky. Nutcracker features endearing Canadian scenes like a snowy pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill. What could be more fun for the family than to join young Clara’s Christmas fantasy, where toys come to life, the Sugar Plum Fairy spreads her magic, mischievous Filbert the Bear steals the Christmas pudding and where Hazel the Polar Bear and her twelve furry polar cubs will surely warm your heart. A holiday classic for the whole family!

Students who are not performing in Nutcracker are eligible to purchase a $25 RWB Child Price Ticket and can purchase one additional ticket at 50% off. Please use promo code PDRDNUTDISC- please note that tickets can only be purchased in person or over the phone. Students performing in Nutcracker will receive communication from the Company regarding promo codes and ticket prices.


We hope that all of our RD families have had the chance to take advantage of the new discounted parking in our parkade! In order to streamline the purchase of discounted parking even further, we will be moving to a cash-only system for purchases of 1-10 tickets. Families wishing to purchase 10 or more (to a maximum of 30) discounted parking tickets are welcome to do so by cash, credit card, or debit.


We would like to remind all students and parents to remain respectful of the RWB facilities. Please ensure that any waste (i.e., food wrappers, etc) are thrown out and that any furniture that you may have moved is returned to its original spot. We also ask that students ensure they are using the sinks and mirrors located in the change rooms when doing their hair for class so that the washrooms remain scent-free, as per our Fragrance Policy. We thank you for your attention to and cooperation in this matter.

Sharing Dance

Mark your calendars! In January we kick off open rehearsals for Sharing Dance in Studio 116. Join us every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 PM for our FREE rehearsals with Julie Gregorchuk until Sharing Dance Day on June 8, 2017!

We encourage you to bring a friend, a parent, an aunt or uncle or even your grandparents to these FREE rehearsals where you learn a unique routine, choreographed and set to music by Canadian artists. One of those choreographers is our own RD Faculty Eugene Baffoe! Sharing Dance has been chosen as a Canada’s 150th Project as an initiative used to motivate Canadians of all ages to participate in FREE, healthy, fun and creative dance activities. We are excited about the opportunity to introduce dance to a community that might not otherwise have had the chance to participate and work together to make dance accessible to all Canadians!

Information about how to register will be available in our January newsletter.

Follow Sharing Dance on social media, and share using the hashtag #SharingDance.