January RD Online Bulletin

Jan 03 2015 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter

Important Calendar reminders

January 4 – RD Classes resume
January 6 – RD Physio resumes
January 10 – Deadline for Cecchetti Workshop Pre-registration through the School Office
January 10 – 14/15 Professional Division Audition Tour Celebration at Polo Park, Centre Court 11-5.
Learn more about PD, contests, BobFM Street Team, Virgin Street Team, Company Panel and more!
January 13 – First Day of ExplorAbility Session #2
January 14 – Professional Division Information Session for RD Parents and Students
January 17-18 – Cecchetti Workshop at RWB
January 18 - WSO’s Great-West Life Concerts for Kids – Manny Tuba goes to the Circus
January 25 – RWB School Professional Division auditions at RWB
January 27 – 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 over the weekend of January 17-18, 2015. Unset ballet classes will be available for RWB School Levels 1 and up. Syllabus classes will be available at the Majors levels.

Conducting ballet classes throughout the weekend will be Cecchetti Society of Canada examiners, Mary Ross of Ontario, and Margaret Dalwood of Edmonton.

The Manitoba committee is proud to offer supplementary classes for students throughout the weekend. Improvisation classes will be available for RWB School Levels 1-6 taught by Claire Marshall. A Variations class for Majors students will be taught by RWB Company dancer, Yayoi Ban.

Students wishing to register for the Cecchetti Workshops can do so through the RWB School Office by January 10, 2015.

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

Join us at Polo Park Shopping Center on Saturday, January 10 from 11:00-5:00 to learn more about RWB School’s Professional Division. The day will include Ballet demonstrations, contests, Q+A panel, and celebrity hosts!

The RWB School Professional Division will be holding their annual Summer Session auditions in Winnipeg on January 25th. 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 2015-2016.

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 14 from 6:00-7:00 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 25th:

9:00-10:00: Audition 10-12yrs
10:00-10:30: Q & A
10:30-11:15: Audition 13+yrs

If you are interested in auditioning please contact the School Office or download the registration form at www.rwbschool.com. 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 25th, 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:

11:30-1:00 Ballet Master Class 10-13yrs
1:00-2:30 Ballet Master Class 14+yrs

Registration forms are available online. Please register through the School Office by Sunday, January 25th. 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 27 – March 19, 2015.

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

The RWB School Professional Division is thrilled to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the First Steps Choreographic Competition this school year. Audiences are invited to join alumni choreographers from across North America who are participating as members of a special guest jury, for the inaugural performance in the newly renovated Founders’ Studio. This year’s special guest jury consists of Mark Godden, Josée Garant and Heather Myers.

Choreography premieres are on the following dates:

Saturday, February 7: 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 8, 2:00 pm
Monday, February 9, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, February 10, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, February 11, 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 12, 7:30 pm

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors/children (plus applicable taxes and fees).

Final Performance and Awards Ceremony:
Saturday, February 14 at 7:30 pm

Tickets are $25 (plus applicable taxes and fees).

Click here to purchase tickets or call the RWB Customer Service Office at 204.956.2792

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.

Hip Hop Instructor Goes North


Have you ever thought that RWB’s Recreational Division classes could reach the Great White North? Well, they did! RWB School RD artistic faculty member Eugene Baffoe traveled to Repulse Bay, Nunavut, to teach four days of workshops to students, ranging in ages 5 to adult, in the local school. Mr. Baffoe flew out of Winnipeg on December 7, and boarded four flights: Winnipeg to Churchill to Rankin Inlet to Coral Harbour to Repulse Bay, returning home on December 12. Mr. Baffoe’s hip hop classes were an opportunity of a lifetime for the children of Repulse Bay. With funding from the government (applied for by the Incorporated Hamlet of Repulse Bay) and support from the RWB School, Repulse Bay was able to pull this unique opportunity together for the children of their community.

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. Congratulations to Ava Sigurdson who won the draw for a pair of Nutcracker tickets. We hope you enjoyed the show!

WSO Concerts for Kids – Manny Tuba goes to the circus

The WSO Concerts for Kids returns on January 18 with Manny Tuba goes to the circus. Popular children’s entertainer (and RWB School artistic faculty member) Mr. Mark is the ringmaster, as Manny Tuba discovers the skills and thrills of clowns, jugglers and animals that bring the circus to life. It’s a wild and musical adventure for the brassy mascot! The show takes place at 2pm, with pre-show activities beginning at 1pm. Tickets start at $12 and are available through the WSO Box Office at 204.949.3999, wso.ca or through ticketmaster.ca.

Sharing Dance in The Play Exchange

You can help get 1 million children active through dancing by supporting the National Ballet School’s Sharing Dance in The Play Exchange. The Play Exchange began as a call for ideas to make Canadians healthier and more active, and Sharing Dance encourages groups across Canada to learn a dance routine, rehearse it together and share a performance in their local community. The goal is to see over one million children dancing and by 2017, to see sharing Dance delivered as a pan-Canadian initiative. You can vote for the National Ballet’s Sharing Dance to win a prize of up to $1-million from the Government of Canada to further encourage active living amongst Canadians. Take part and vote by tuning into CBC on January 9, 2015.