Jan 02 2017 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter

Important Calendar reminders

January 8: RD Classes resume
January 10: RD Physio Resumes
January 11: First Day of ExplorAbility Session #2
January 22: RWB School Professional Division auditions (2) at RWB
January 24: Quantum Arts Program begins
January 29: Cecchetti Examination Payments Due

Festival Rehearsals

For all students who have accepted invitations to participate in the Manitoba Dance Festival, choreographers will be contacting you this month to set up rehearsal times. Please speak to your choreographer if you have any questions regarding the Festival process.

Cecchetti Ballet Examinations

The RWB School is pleased to be offering ballet exams in the Cecchetti Syllabus for select levels. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 2 ballet classes per week of the same level to be considered for these exams. These decisions are made by the student’s ballet teacher and will be based on their progress, attendance, and focus. Invitations will be sent out in the coming weeks. The exams will be in April and in preparation, a maximum of four Sunday exam rehearsals will be scheduled during the months prior. These Sunday exam rehearsals are mandatory and will take precedence over Festival rehearsals.

Upon completion of an examination, the student will receive a certificate and detailed report from the Cecchetti Society of Canada. Please be aware that ballet examinations are NOT mandatory to advance to the next RWB School and Cecchetti level (with the exception of Intermediate and Advanced exams). For more information please speak to your child’s ballet teacher.

RWB School’s Professional Division Summer Session Audition

The RWB Professional Division 2016/17 International Audition Tour has its FINAL stop in Winnipeg on Sunday, January 22 and we are in search of dancers intent on a professional career in dance or teaching dance.

Auditions will be held for the Ballet Academic Program, Aspirant Program, and Teacher Training Program. We encourage all those interested who are 10 years of age or older to participate regardless of your dance background or skill level!

Students are auditioning to gain acceptance into the Professional Division Summer Session (July 2017) in Winnipeg, which serves as the second audition phase to gain acceptance into Regular Session (September 2017 to June 2018). For more information speak to the school office and visit our International Audition Tour page.

Professional Division Master Classes

Dance students ages 10 – 13 are encouraged to register for a Master Class led by RWB Second Soloist Alanna McAdie on Sunday, January 22! This opportunity is open to all RD students as well as dancers from studios throughout Manitoba.

The class is part of the audition day schedule, but you can choose to only register for the Master Class and not participate in auditions.

Registration information can be found on the website. You are encouraged to contact the school office with any inquiries.

Quantum Arts Program 2016

As part of the Quantum Arts Program, 40 students from the Winnipeg School Division will be selected by their academic teachers to attend ballet, jazz and modern classes at the RWB School from January 24 – March 15, 2017.

Classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-3:30p.m. The program will culminate with a demonstration at the Winnipeg Art Gallery from all participating disciplines within the Quantum Arts Program. We appreciate the generous contributions from the Children’s Heritage Fund which make this program possible at no cost to the students.

First Steps

Witness emerging student choreographers and dancers bring their creations to life on stage for the very first time during First Steps, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division’s annual choreography competition.

Choreography Premieres
Wednesday, February 15 | 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 16 | 7:30 pm
Friday, February 17 | 7:30 pm

Adult: $12
Student/Senior/Child: $10

Final Performance & Awards Reception
Saturday, February 18 | 7:30 pm
All Tickets $30

To purchase tickets please contact the box office at 204-956-2792 or visit our online ticket page!


In order to make up a class, please check that the class you want to attend is not full. Full classes will not accept more students.

Winnipeg Harvest Food Drive

The RWB School would like to extend our thanks to all those RD students and parents who donated non-perishable food items to this year’s Winnipeg Harvest Food drive. These items will surely help many Winnipeg families in need this holiday season.