Nov 28 2018 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter



December 2 – 8 Parent Observation
December 12 Last day for ExplorAbility Session #1
December 10 Deadline to submit requests for audition materials
December 13 RD Physio ends for the holidays
December 9 & 15 Last day for Movers and Shakers I
December 16 The Wizard of Oz auditions
December 16 Last day to drop off food for Winnipeg Harvest
December 19 – 29 RWB Company performs Nutcracker
December 16 – January 5 Winter Break (No RD classes)
January 6 RD classes resume


Are you wondering what your child has been up to in class? Well, we are really excited to show you! Classes will be open for observation for parents from December 2 – 8. This period of observation allows you an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and for teachers to share valuable information about the remainder of the year with you.

We ask that all guests remove their outdoor footwear before entering the studios and please turn off all cell phones. Video recording is not permitted and photography is only permitted if you are taking pictures of your own child. These policies are in place for the protection of all students. We also ask that all students choose another week to take make up classes.


We are excited to announce that the RWB is holding auditions for childrens’ roles in their upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz. These auditions will be held on Sunday, December 16th for children aged 8 – 12 who are between 3’11” and 5’6”. All participants are asked to submit a headshot with their audition registration (school photos will be accepted). Registration forms, student measurements, and headshots will be accepted during registration on the day of the audition only. Registration forms will be available at the School Office.


11:15-12:00 8-12 years (3’11”-4’10”) Poppy Seed Registration
12:00-1:30 8-12 years (3’11”-4’10”) Poppy Seed Audition

*Students auditioning for the role of Poppyseeds will be required to act and perform basic blocking and dance steps.

1:00-1:45 9-12 years (4’2”-5’6”) Grasshopper Registration
1:45-3:15 9-12 years (4’2”-5’6”) Grasshopper Audition

*Students auditioning for the role of Grasshoppers will be required to act and perform intermediate dance steps.

***Any students wishing to audition to be considered for both roles and fit both criteria must fill out two separate audition registration forms and attend both auditions***


The first session of the Movers and Shakers program (3-year-old creative movement) will be coming to an end as of Saturday, December 15th. The second session will begin on Sunday, January 6th. 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.


Donating to Winnipeg Harvest 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 26 – December 16 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:

  • Canned fish and poultry – tuna, or salmon (packed in water) chicken or turkey
  • Canned fruit and vegetables (packed in own juice)
  • Canned stew, chili, brown beans
  • Peanut Butter
  • Baby Food
  • Whole grain pasta/whole wheat pasta
  • Rice – brown, converted or parboiled
  • Canned spaghetti sauce or tomatoes
  • Cereal – high fiber, non-sugar coated
  • Canned soup – lentil, pea, vegetable


On Sunday, November 18th 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 “Prelude”, choreographed by Nicole Kepp and performed by Arianna Barczak, Alexa Bresler, Kalsea Codilan, Aliyah Cole, Anabel Copp, Bryn Dubberley, Esme Franck, Shota Fugler, Zoe Gagnon, Delaney Giesbrecht, Elizabeth Hendricks, Gabriella Janus, Ezekeil Lamoine, Ella Misurka-Feal, Judah Ramos, Kiara Sahasrabuddhe, Weldon Scott, Charlotte Smith, and Lynea Turner.


On behalf of all the RWB School staff, congratulations to Schaefer Engbrecht will play the role of Bruce in Royal MTC’s Mainstage production of Matilda the Musical, which will run from January 8th - February 2nd, 2019!


Rediscover the magic of your childhood with Nutcracker December 19 - 29, 2018. As the clock strikes midnight the adventure of a lifetime begins. Before the final curtain falls, Clara will battle the evil Mouse King, fall in love with her dashing Nutcracker prince and find herself on a storybook journey that will take her into the heart of a timeless fairytale.

The breathtaking production features a cast of characters of all ages from the RWB School and Company. A magical Tchaikovsky score is showcased in its full glory by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and accompanied by a live choir whose voices soar as Clara and her Prince begin their journey. As much a part of the holiday season as pond hockey and mistletoe, Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition for all ages.

Reminder, as patrons of the RWB family you receive a discount to all Company performances, please check the school bulletin board for details.


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 10th.


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.