Feb 07 2017 | Posted in

Important Calendar Reminders

February 12: Dance Plus Ballet on the Big Screen
February 20: Steppin’ Out DVDs on sale
February 20: Louis Riel Day – no RD classes
February 15-18: RWB School PD presents First Steps
February 26: Cecchetti Ballet examination rehearsals
February 26: Canada Games - Open & Closing Ceremony Performer Auditions

Dance Plus Ballet on the Big Screen

Sunday, February 12 at 12:30PM
Cineplex Polo Park
Open to all RWB RD Students Levels 1-8

The RWB is taking over the Cineplex for The Bolshoi Ballet, Swan Lake. Come watch Prince Siegfried meet the bewitched swan-woman Odette on the big screen surrounded by fellow dancers including RWB Company Dancer Katie Bonnell.

Please sign up the school office by February 10, 2017.

Dancers arrive at SilverCity Polo Park at 12:30PM and will purchase their tickets upon arrival (Adult Tickets: $19.95/Seniors: $18.95/Children: $12.95).

Curtains up, lights down, show starts at 12:55PM and runs until 3:55PM. We hope to see you there!

Steppin’ Out: Recreational Division Adult Student Showcase

Our adult program students have been working diligently over the past few weeks in preparation for Steppin’ Out, the RWB School Recreational Division adult student showcase.

March 11 at 7:30 pm
March 12 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Tickets are available to performers for pre-sale (up to a maximum of 4 tickets per student) until February 7th, at which time the will be available to the general public for purchase.

DVDs will be available for purchase through the School Office between February 20 and March 23. DVDs are $28 each.

Dance Spectrum and Spring Concert Dates

Dance Spectrum, our year-end student showcases, are just around the corner! Mark your calendars with the dates below:

Dance Spectrum #1 June 17 - Centennial Concert Hall 6:30 pm
Dance Spectrum #2 June 18 - Centennial Concert Hall 1:00 pm
Dance Spectrum #3 June 18 - Centennial Concert Hall 6:30 pm

Tickets will be available through the RWB Customer Service Office on April 4th, 2017. Please keep watching your email for details.

Sharing Dance

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! Register and join us for a celebration of dance on Sharing Dance Day 2017 - Thursday, June 8th. Learn the awesome annual routine, perform it in your community, and fundraise along the way! It is 100% free to participate and also includes FREE, fun activities for the whole family. As a Sharing Dance National Partner, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is leading the charge in Winnipeg – improving access to, and delivering, FREE, quality dance programs to those that need it most.

Join RWB for Sharing Dance Day on Thursday, June 8th, 2017 from 10:15-12:15 PM at the University of Winnipeg Health and RecPlex (350 Spence Street). Please contact the RWB School Office to register (Call 204.957.3467 or email school@rwb.org).


Sign up for free dance classes to get ready for Sharing Dance Day 2017! Classes will take place every Tuesday leading up until the event on June 8th, 2017, and will be led by RWB School Instructor Julie Gregorchuk. We encourage you to bring a friend, a parent, an aunt or uncle or even your grandparents to these FREE rehearsals where you learn dance techniques as well a unique dance routine, choreographed and set to music by Canadian artists. One of those choreographers is our own RD Faculty Eugene Baffoe!

Tuesdays from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
January 17th - June 6th, 2017

Volunteers Please!

Every school that enters the Manitoba Dance Festival must provide a certain number of volunteers based on their number of entries. Volunteers are given roles at the Festival which may include: handing out certificates onstage, working at the information booth or monitoring the audience. We truly appreciate any time you are able to donate on behalf of the RWB School. Please stop by the School Office to sign up for this volunteer opportunity.

The RWB School relies heavily on the support and enthusiasm of our parent volunteers to assist with Dance Spectrum. Volunteers can view their children’s performances at the dress rehearsal from the front and the performance from backstage with no need to purchase a ticket! For the 2017 season, we are moving to a model that includes three Dance Spectrum performances (where in past years we have had two Dance Spectrum performances and a shorter Spring Concert performance). As such, we are revising and finalizing our volunteer commitment requirements and therefore a separate communication will be coming out in a couple of weeks regarding volunteer sign up.

Festival Rehearsals

If you have any questions regarding festival rehearsals please contact your child’s choreographer directly. The RWB School Office is able to pass along correspondence from parents/students to teachers however, please be aware that the teacher will not be able to receive your message until their next scheduled day of teaching.

First Steps

First Steps 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.

2017 First Steps will feature 11 new works by senior level students who have been working through their own creative process for months in order to get it ready for public viewing and a panel of jurors. These choreographers found inspiration from music, current events, and personal experiences then searched for ways to express their inspiration through movement, music, costumes and lighting.

You can even get involved in the voting process! We have a coveted People’s Choice Award that goes to the choreographer with the most votes from audience members.

-Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm
-Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm
-Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, please contact the Box Office at 204-956-2792 or visit our website to purchase your tickets.

Final Performance and Awards Reception
Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm
All tickets are $30

Dance Intensive

Dance Intensive is a dynamic two-week training opportunity for dancers ages 9-18 hosted by the world renowned RWB School.

DI17 is designed to give students the opportunity to express themselves artistically, improve their technique and deepen their understanding of ballet in a positive and supportive environment. The experienced teaching staff at the RWB School, together with talented guest teachers, will inspire students to learn and grow. DI17 will feature some of our finest ballet instructors and talented guest teachers who are masters of dance genres beyond ballet. Official announcement coming soon!

No auditions necessary. A minimum of 2 years of ballet training required and we recommend 3-4 years for ages 15-18. Classes run Monday through Saturday, with half day classes on Saturday. Students will be placed according to their technical level in ballet. Classes include ballet, conditioning, modern, creative movement, jazz and more! Pointe will be available for dancers with experience at the discretion of our artistic faculty.

When not in the studio, the RWB School Residence will provide a safe and comfortable home-away-from-home for DI17 students. Residence will administer 24-hour supervision and includes living quarters, a dining room, student lounges with internet access, and laundry facilities. Our fun-filled activity program will provide dancers first-hand exposure to the arts and culture for which our city is known. In the past, activities have included a beach day, a go-carting adventure at Thunder Rapids and an evening of theatre at Rainbow Stage.

Click here for information on registering for DI17

Teacher Summer Workshop

Join teachers from around the world who share your love of ballet for an engaging and in-depth educational experience this summer!

The RWB School Professional Division’s Teachers’ Summer Workshop is a five day professional development opportunity for dance teachers at all stages of their careers and working in any syllabus or system of training. Under the direction of Johanne Gingras, Teacher Training Program Director, the workshop will include:

-Class observation of Professional Division students participating in the Ballet Academic Program Summer Session
-Pedagogy for ballet, pre-ballet, creative movement, character & music for children
-Dance related lectures

Click here for information on registering for Teacher Summer Workshop.

Canada Games - Open & Closing Ceremony Performer Auditions