Dec 02 2019 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter


Important Calendar Reminders

January 5 RD Classes resume
January 7 RD Physio Resumes
January 7 Cecchetti Standard 1 and up Examination Payments Due
January 8 Cecchetti Primary Ballet Examination Payments Due
January 8 First Day of ExplorAbility Session #2
January 9 Cecchetti Primary Ballet Examination Rehearsal
January 10 First Day of ExplorAbility for Parkinson’s Session #2
January 16 Cecchetti Primary Ballet Examination Rehearsal
January 21 Quantum Arts Program begins
January 21 Steppin Out Tickets go on Sale
January 23 Cecchetti Primary Ballet Examination Rehearsal
January 24 RWB School Professional Division auditions at RWB
January 25 & 26 Cecchetti Ballet Workshop
January 30 Cecchetti Primary Ballet Examination Rehearsal


The Manitoba Branch of Cecchetti Canada will be presenting a workshop on Saturday, January 25th and Sunday, January 26th, 2020 for students studying at the Grade/Standard 1 through to the Advanced 2 levels. Students are invited to work with talented guest examiner Suzanne Plante and teacher Edmund Stripe and other experienced teachers in various disciplines.
Registration includes the following classes (level dependent):

  • Ballet
  • Pas de Deux
  • Spanish
  • Character
  • Modern

Registration Fees:
Grade/Standard 1 (RWB Level 1) $88.00
Grade/Standard 2 (RWB Level 2) $88.00
Grade/Standard 3 (RWB Level ¾) $113.00
Grade/Standard 4 (RWB Level 5A/Pre-ITP) $113.00
Grade/Standard 5 (RWB Level 5B) $149.00
Grade/Standard 6 (RWB Level 6/7/8/Jr 2 ITP) $149.00
Intermediate (RWB Intermediate ITP) $180.00
Advanced 2 (RWB Advanced 2 ITP) $180.00

Saturday classes (Intermediate – Advanced 2 ITP) will take place on Saturday evening at Kazka Dance Collective and
Sunday classes are scheduled to take place between 9:00am and 5:00pm at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Pre-registration Deadline Through the RWB School Office: January 15, 2020

Disclaimer: In submitting a registration for this workshop participants agree that Cecchetti Canada/MB Branch and/
or any of their representatives are not responsible for any loss or injury before, during or as a result of the workshop.
Cecchetti Canada/MB Branch reserves the right to alter or change the schedule or faculty without refund but changes will
be communicated to members as deemed appropriate. Classes are non-transferable.


Through First Steps, RWB School students increase their artistic sensitivity and gain awareness and respect for the creative process, giving RWB School students the tools to become responsible, professional, and open-minded young artists.

It is an annual competition and performance of new choreography by senior RWB School Professional Division students. It is designed to increase students’ artistic sensitivity, awareness, and respect for the creative process and is an opportunity to discover if they have a talent for choreography and to give them the tools to explore their potential.

Students choose the subject matter, length of their piece and style or dance genre. In order to accommodate numerous choreographers, each must adhere to a time limit of up to four minutes, to ensure that performances remain within a reasonable running time. Choreographers may choose to work with recorded music or live musicians and may use already existing or new compositions.

Finally, in coordination with the RWB Wardrobe Department, choreographers choose the costumes that best reflect their choreographic ideas, and with guidance from the Production Department, they design the lighting that will best support their dance. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 7 at Noon.


Winnipeg Auditions will be held on Friday, January 24. Students who are identified as having potential for professional training will be invited to attend Summer Session (July 2020) which acts as the second phase of the audition process.

  • Please arrive 1 hour prior to the audition start time
  • Bring a recent photo of you facing front in 2nd position tendu, with arms in 2nd position. RWB Audition Tour staff is also available to take one for you on the day of ($5 fee)
  • Check in with our Audition Tour staff, from there they will provide you with a number, please pin the number on the front of your leotard
  • Head to the warm up area to stretch and from there you will be called for the audition
  • Stay with us for the Q+A session and/or a Master Class

Auditions run one hour in length and are conducted in groups decided by age. Students must be entering academic grade 6 in September 2020 in order to audition. No previous training is required for young students and no special preparation is required for the class. In the audition, students will be led through barre and centre work, during which time they will be assessed on talent, aptitude for classical dance, flexibility, coordination, musicality, and artistry of motion.


You are encouraged to attend the Professional Division Master class led by an RWB Artistic Faculty Member on Friday, January 24.

12:00-13:30 | MasterClass10 - 13 yrs
12:30-14:00 | Master Class 14+ yrs

Master classes are an opportunity to improve your talent and technique by receiving instruction from someone you don’t typically train with. Pre-Registration closes January 23th at 9:00 for Winnipeg Auditions. Visit for more information.


As part of the Quantum Arts Program, 40 students from the Winnipeg School Division will be selected by their academic teachers to attend creative movement, hip hop, and choreography classes at the RWB School from January 21 – March 13, 2020.

Classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-3:30 pm. 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.


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.


We would like to remind all parents and students of the importance of arriving on time to class. Students who arrive late not only miss out on crucial instruction and adequate warm up to avoid injury but are also very distracting to other students and that class as a whole. A student who frequently arrives late and misses important material may not master the skills required to progress to the next level.

We would also like to stress the importance of students arriving for class in their designated uniforms. Our dress code was developed for each discipline to promote ease of movement, safety, and allows instructors to determine whether the student is executing movements with the correct alignment. As well, all Dance Spectrum costumes are chosen based on the uniform for each class and all students are required to come to these events with a complete uniform for each discipline. A copy of our dress code can be found here and students who arrive without their proper uniform may not be permitted to participate in class. For students who have multiple classes in a row and are finding it challenging to change from one uniform to another, please note that students are permitted to wear their ballet uniform to all classes and should change only their shoes to reflect the class they are currently participating in.

Please note that our Drive Thru (off of Edmonton Street) is a designated drop-off/pick up zone. Idling and parking in this zone is prohibited. If you require parking, please either use our adjacent parking lot (also off of Edmonton Street) or the street parking that is available.


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


  • We ask parents to please ensure their child(ren) are using the stairs whenever possible, and that they are not using the elevator unnecessarily. We have been informed of many instances of children playing in the elevator and for their safety and that of others, we ask that this not continue.
  • All belongings should be locked in lockers to avoid theft. The RWB School cannot be responsible for lost or stolen articles. Items left in public areas (i.e., outside of studios or in waiting areas) will be removed and placed in our school office until their owner returns to retrieve them. We ask that any incidences of vandalism or theft be reported to the RD Principal so that we can work to ensure a safe and positive environment for all.v
  • Please refrain from idling our vehicle in the drive-thru when waiting for their children. The RWB Drive Through is for pick up and drop off only. All vehicles left unattended in the RWB Drive Through/Fire Lane will be towed. Vehicle owners will be responsible for any charges or damages associated with their vehicle being towed from RWB property. Warnings will not be issued.