December Company Spotlight

Dec 24 2015 | Posted in Spotlight

RWB’s Nutcracker – A Holiday Favourite in Winnipeg AND Ottawa

RWB Company dancers Yoshiko Kamikusa and Luzemberg Santana; Photo by Rejean Brandt
RWB Company dancers Yoshiko Kamikusa and Luzemberg Santana; Photo by Rejean Brandt

Nutcracker isn’t just a Winnipeg staple! Earlier this month, the Company was in Ottawa to perform the favourite holiday classic, bringing a uniquely Canadian take on the production to life on stage at the National Arts Centre. From December 2-6, RWB dancers wowed with glittering costumes, incredible dance, and magical scenes. Young local dancers also got the opportunity to take part on stage. The shows were very successful with some performances selling out.

Who wouldn’t fall in love with the enchanting story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince? Winnipeg audiences have grown to love this touching story and over the years have become a tradition for many. Dancing into the world of wonder, where toys come to life and the Sugar Plum Fairy spreads her magic, Nutcracker is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays. The hockey scene on a frozen pond, dancing snowflakes and adorable polar bear cubs, mice and mounties – all add up to the whimsical story line. Nutcracker is at the Centennial Concert Hall December 19-28. For tickets and more information, click here.

The RWB brings back the 50s with Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story

Katie Bonnell and Dmitri Dovgoselets, photo by Rejean Brandt
Katie Bonnell and Dmitri Dovgoselets, photo by Rejean Brandt

Remember when families gathered around the television set on a Saturday night? That era, the 1950’s, is the setting for Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, a retro retelling of everybody’s favourite fairy tale. Experience this unique take on the old-age story complete with vintage couture-inspired costumes, electric choreography melded with Richard Rodgers’ music, all arranged for a live jazz orchestra by legendary Winnipeg bandleader Ron Paley.

Don’t miss your chance to see Val Caniparoli’s dazzling 50s inspired take on the classic tale of A Cinderella Story at the Centennial Concert Hall from February 17-21, 2016. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

It’s An InstaMeet at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet!

RWB Principal Dancers Jo-Ann Sundermeier and Dmitri Dovgoselets Photo Réjean Brandt Photography
RWB Principal Dancers Jo-Ann Sundermeier and Dmitri Dovgoselets Photo Réjean Brandt Photography

Media savvy Winnipeggers attended an InstaMeet at the RWB on November 26 from 5 – 6 p.m. The event offered a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of ballet, including exclusive entry into a Nutcracker rehearsal with the RWB Company, a walk-through of our wardrobe department and shoe room, and a meet and greet with the Nutcracker mascot Filbert. Light refreshments were also served and prizes were awarded during the tour’s Instagram contest.

To learn more about RWB’s Instameets and to RSVP for our next one, follow @RWBallet on Instagram for updates!

Concert Hour Ballet

RWB School students in Concert Hour Ballet, 2015; Photo by Stanislav Balyaevsky
RWB School students in Concert Hour Ballet, 2015; Photo by Stanislav Balyaevsky

RWB School Professional Division students performing for Concert Hour Ballet Photo: RWB

Senior Ballet Academic Program students from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division had the exciting opportunity to take part in the annual Concert Hour Ballet tour sponsored by MTS Future First. Students visited schools in the Winnipeg School Division from November 16-20, followed by a week on the road traveling to Brandon, The Pas, and Saskatoon. Concert Hour Ballet provides students with the opportunity to have an authentic tour experience, just like RWB company members!

Concert Hour Ballet is a one-hour narrated dance performance, and is the perfect introduction to a variety of dance forms. Performances included classical ballet, jazz, and modern dance forms. Concert Hour Ballet offers a rare opportunity to see dancers up close and personal, and is a wonderful glimpse into the world of ballet for young students and communities, who are often experiencing ballet for the first time in their lives!

Learn more about how you can support the ongoing tradition of Concert Hour Ballet by contributing to the David Moroni School Endowment Fund, which was established to ensure the long-term health and stability of the RWB School’s Professional Division.

RWB Professional Division students present new creative works at 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 choreographic competition!

First Steps is an opportunity for students to explore the many facets and possibilities of movement invention and arrangement. It is a vehicle wherein students of the RWB School may discover a talent for choreography and begin to develop their own style of expression. 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.

At the final performance on Saturday, February 13, students will have the opportunity to win 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Awards, The Paddy Stone Scholarship for Jazz, Tap & Musical Theatre, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Award, The Doreen MacDonald Scholarship Award, The Jacqueline Weber Award for Classical Choreography, First Steps Award for Innovation, and the People’s Choice Award.

See RWB’s emerging talented young dancers at First Steps from Tuesday, February 9 – Saturday February 13, 2016 at the RWB Founders’ Studio. Visit for more information!

2016 Year End Campaign

Each year, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet stuns with brilliant choreography, fantastic sets, incredible costumes, and breathtaking dance. We create magical audience experiences with each performance, and we couldn’t do it without your support.

There are many different ways you can have an impact on the Royal Winnipeg Ballet:

Come out and see the company perform! The RWB dancers perform four productions of the highest calibre in Winnipeg annually. A proud cultural ambassador, the RWB is one of the most toured ballet companies in the world. The RWB School has an accredited Professional Program for aspiring artists seeking careers in dance and dance education.

We also encourage you to consider donating to one of our fundraising campaigns – here’s one of the projects where your support is needed:


RWB Company Dancers in Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation - photo by Samanta Katz
RWB Company Dancers in Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation - photo by Samanta Katz
  • Ticket Access Program - Going Home Star
 After the triumphant premiere of Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is ready to take it on tour across Canada. We believe that this performance can provide a potentially healing experience and be a positive agent for change. The RWB has established a Ticket Access Program to provide tickets to Residential School Survivors and their families, Elders, students, and other community members.

For more information on how you can support the RWB, visit us at or contact Graciela Najenson, Individual Giving Manager, directly at (204) 957-3485 or

Thank you for your continued support!

Save the date for RWB’s 2016 Ballet Ball

Mark your calendar for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s most elegant event of the year. Your support to the 2016 RWB Ballet Ball - An Enchanted Affair will enable the RWB to continue to present the highest standard of excellence in Canadian dance to communities across our country and around the world. It will also provide opportunities for aspiring young dancers to pursue their dream and achieve their potential as our future artists. This formal event includes exclusive RWB performances, mingling with dancers, silent and live auditions, a photo booth, cocktails, a delectable dinner and more. Don’t miss this enchanted affair!

RWB Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the season for joyful giving! The RWB 2015 Holiday Gift Guide has everything you need to shop for the ballet enthusiast on your list. From tickets to merch to RWB-inspired jewellery, your gift is sure to please - and you might just find something for yourself as well!

We are proud to take part in #UnwrapWPG, a shop local initiative by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. This holiday season, we encourage Winnipeggers to support the local economy and shop the wonderful local businesses that make up the heart of our city!

Giving a RWB gift could also be in the form of making a donation in honour of someone special, and help the next generation of ballet stars achieve their dreams at the same time. The Pointe Shoe Fund offers assistance to purchase pointe shoes for class and performance opportunities. Click here or call 204.957.3457 for more information (donations in honour of someone must be made over the phone).

See Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation during its National Tour

Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, RWB Soloist Sophia Lee, 2014, photo by Réjean Brandt Photography
Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, RWB Soloist Sophia Lee, 2014, photo by Réjean Brandt Photography

With the support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation, will be embarking on a National Tour from January 28 – April 7, 2016. This ballet is a representation of the told and untold stories of residential school survivors. Commissioned by Artistic Director André Lewis, Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation explores the world of Annie, a young, urban First Nations woman adrift in a contemporary life of youthful excess. But when she meets Gordon, a longhaired trickster disguised as a homeless man, she’s propelled into a world she’s always sensed but never seen. Not only do they travel the streets of this place but also the roads of their ancestors, learning to accept the other’s burdens as the two walk through the past and toward the future. Together, both Annie and Gordon learn that without truth, there is no reconciliation.

Be sure tell your friends and family about this stunningly powerful piece!


OTTAWA - JAN 28 - JAN 30 / 2016
KINGSTON - FEB 2 / 2016
TORONTO- FEB 5 - FEB 6 / 2016
BRANDON - MAR 21 / 2016
REGINA - MAR 22 / 2016
SASKATOON - MAR 23 / 2016
BANFF - MAR 26 / 2016
KELOWNA - MAR 29 - MAR 30 / 2016
VICTORIA - APR 1 - APR 2 / 2016
NANAIMO - APR 4 - APR 5 / 2016
VANCOUVER - APR 7 - APR 9 / 2016


Act 1 - 53 minutes

Intermission - 20 minutes

Act 2 - 40 minutes

Total Run Time - 1:53

Alanna and Yosuke visit New Brunswick

Photo courtesy of Gala Ballet Productions Inc.
Photo courtesy of Gala Ballet Productions Inc.

On December 11-12, RWB`s Alanna McAdie and Yosuke Mino performed in Gala Ballet Productions Inc.`s production of The Nutcracker at the Imperial Theatre under the direction of Sylvia Logan. Several young local dancers welcomed Alanna and Yosuke at the Saint John Airport.

“Thank you to Yosuke Mino, Alanna McAdie from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Louis-Philippe Dionne from Atlantic Ballet Theatre Company! Your dancing elevated the production again this year to new heights.”- Gala Ballet Productions Inc.