Jan 05 2016 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter

Important Calendar reminders

January 3 – RD Classes resume
January 5 – RD Physio resumes
January 10 – Cecchetti Workshop at RWB
January 13 – First Day of ExplorAbility Session #2
January 13 – Professional Division Information Session for RD Parents and Students
January 24 – RWB School Professional Division auditions at RWB
January 26 – Quantum Arts Program begins

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 Workshop

The Manitoba Branch of the Cecchetti Society of Canada will be presenting a workshop on Sunday, January 10th for Cecchetti Grade 1 through Advanced. Students are invited to participate in a full day of classes, with guest teachers Yayoi Ban, Johanne Gingras, Marijka Stanowych and Jo-Ann Sundermeier. Additional guest teachers will provide instruction for supplementary classes.

Registration includes a full day of classes in disciplines including:

Variations (Majors only)
Improvisation (Grade 1-6)
Theatre (Grade 2 - Advanced)

Registration Fees:

Grade 1 (RWB Level 1: $108
Grade 2 (RWB Level 2: $134
Grade 3 (RWB Level 3 & 4): $136
Grade 4,5,6 (RWB Level 5A – 7A, Pre-ITP, Jr1 ITP): $139
Majors (RWB Level 7B/8, Intermediate – Sr ITP): $139

All classes are scheduled to take place between 9:00am and 4:30pm. A schedule with individual level start and finish times will be emailed to students after pre-registration is received.

The deadline for pre-registration through the RWB School Office is now closed, however CASH payments only will be accepted at the door, space permitting.

Disclaimer: In submitting a registration for this workshop participants agree that the Cecchetti Society of Canada/Manitoba, and/or the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and/or any of their representatives are not responsible for any loss or injury before, during or as a result of the workshop. The Cecchetti Society of Canada/Manitoba reserves the right to alter or change the schedule or faculty without refund or prior notice. Participants agree that a refund will not be issued unless accompanied by a physician’s note and are subject to a 15% administrative fee. The Provincial Representative must receive physician’s note by January 10, 2016 after this date No Refunds will be issued. Classes are non-transferable.

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 School Professional Division will be holding their annual Summer Session auditions in Winnipeg on January 24th. This four-week intensive professional training program will give prospective students a taste of what professional ballet training is all about and is the next step audition process for the full-time Regular Session for 2016-2017.

There is also a special exclusive information session for all RD parents and students who have questions pertaining to PD Summer Session or Regular session (fall/winter program). It will be held on Wednesday, January 13 from 6:15 – 7:15 pm in the 2nd floor boardroom.

All interested students and parents are asked to sign up in advance for the RD parent information session at the School Office although you are welcome to attend even if you do not sign up.

Audition Schedule for Sunday, January 24th:

9:00 - 10:00: Audition, age 10-12
10:15 - 10:45: Q & A
11:00 - 11:45: Audition, age 13+

If you are interested in auditioning please contact the School Office or download the registration form here. An annual Recreational Division Scholarship for the PD Summer Session is awarded to one student who is currently registered in the Recreational Division.

Professional Division Master Classes

Working and learning from different teachers is the key to success for any dancer. The RWB School Recreational Division is fortunate to work closely with the Professional Division and we are pleased to announce that on Sunday, January 24th, Professional Division faculty will be conducting unique workshops at the RWB School. These classes are open to all students of the Recreational Division and parents may also view the classes! The schedule is as follows:

12:00 - 13:30: Ballet Master Class, age 10-13
13:30 - 15:00: Ballet Master Class, age 14+

Registration forms are available online. Please register through the School Office by Friday, January 22nd at 9:00 am. The School Office will also accept walk-up auditions on the day of. We encourage all RD ballet students to take advantage of this exciting opportunity.

Quantum Arts Program 2015

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 26 – March 17, 2016.

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

February 9-13, 2016

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.

To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.


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.

Fire Lane/Drive-Thru

Please remember that the Fire Lane/Drive-Thru off of Edmonton Street has a 15 minute parking limit, and drivers must register their vehicles at reception. As of January 2016, any vehicles parked in the Fire Lane for longer than 15 minutes will receive a notice of warning on their windshield, and repeat offenders will be towed. These restrictions are in place due to fire regulations, and your cooperation will reduce safety concerns.