May 31 2016 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter

Important Calendar Reminders

June 1: Junior 2 ITP Audition
June 4: Dance Spectrum 2
June 5: Spring Concert
June 6: Jazz Dance Ensemble Auditions
June 7: Tap Dance Ensemble Audition
June 7: Musical Theatre Dance Ensemble Audition
June 14 - 18: Recreational Division 2016 – 17 Registration
June 21 - 24: Recreational Division 2016 – 17 Registrations
June 27 - July 28: Adult Summer Dance
August 7 - 20: Dance Intensive Summer Camp

Dance Ensemble and Intensive Training Program Auditions

Auditions for our Intensive Training Program and Dance Ensemble groups will be held during the last week of May and first week of June. Students who are currently registered in eligible classes and levels have been emailed information regarding these auditions. Please speak with your child’s teacher if you have any questions about the Intensive Training Program or our Dance Ensemble groups!



RWB School Professional Division Presents Spotlight

Spotlight is the main stage production featuring students of the RWB School Professional Division. This year’s program includes:


This classical ballet is known for its many virtuosic highlights, such as The Pas de Trois and the Grand Pas de Deux, considered quintessential works of the traditional classical ballet repertory.


World premiere

Inspired by the culture and passion of the Romani people, Romani Song tells the story of Violka and Manush, as they fall in love and dream of beginning their lives together.


World premiere

Unable to go home because she has yet not sold a single match, the little matchstick girl lights them one by one, finding comfort in the warmth of their flames, and in the beautiful visions they inspire. Based on the short story by Hans Christian Andersen.

For more information or to purchase Spotlight tickets, please click here.

2016-17 RD Registration

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School is pleased to announce that we are once again offering appointments for Recreational Division registration!

Registration will run from June 14-18 and June 21-24, 2016. We have a guaranteed appointment slot for each of our returning students. All students must have a confirmed appointment in order to register during the registration period.

You will be asked to book the time that is most convenient to you, and then visit the RWB Building at 380 Graham Avenue just 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. As always, you’ll have an opportunity to meet with both artistic and administrative staff and your appointment will last approximately15 minutes per student.

You may begin to book appointments on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 10:00 am. As returning student families, you will have exclusive access to the appointment schedule for 2 weeks, before appointment times become available to the general public. Starting on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, new students will also be permitted to schedule appointments to register. All appointments will be booked on a first come, first served basis. Classes are subject to availability.

Booking an appointment is a simple, 4 step process:

  1. Go to www.rwb.org/register and click on the “Register Now” button
    This link will not be available prior to May 10, 2016 at 10:00 am
    If you are experiencing technical difficulties, you may also access the appointment booking system at www.schoolinterviews.ca/code.
  2. Enter in the exclusive access code for returning students: RWB76
  3. Enter your name and contact information, along with the names of each student you wish to register.
  4. Select the appointment(s) most convenient to you. Each student requires one appointment slot. It is advantageous for families to select consecutive appointments. If you have more than 4 students in your family, you require only 4 appointment slots – we will be able to register families of 4+ students within one hour.

After scheduling your appointment(s), you will receive an email confirmation for your registration time. This email will provide instruction on rescheduling or cancelling your appointment if necessary. Please mark your appointment in your calendar and hold onto your confirmation email! In the meantime, we strongly encourage you to complete your registration paperwork ahead of time to save you time during the registration process.

Although we are not able to book, cancel, or reschedule your appointment over the phone, the School Office staff would be pleased to assist with any of your questions or concerns.

The appointment system was very well received in 2015 and our hope is to continue to build on this success in 2016. If you have any feedback that would help us to improve this service, please email Tali Sitschkar, Recreational Division Registrar at tsitschkar@rwb.org.

We look forward to seeing you this spring!

Sharing Dance

Sharing Dance is a nationwide arts engagement strategy for a healthy, active Canada. Initiated by Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), RWB School is excited to be partnering with NBS and Physical and Health Education Canada on this important endeavour. As a Sharing Dance National Partner, RWB School 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 Friday, June 3rd from 1:30-2:30 PM, outside on Edmonton Street between Graham Avenue and Portage Avenue.

For more information and to register as a participant, please visit rwb.org/sharingdance or contact Sharing Dance Coordinator Philippe-Alexandre Jacques at pjacques@rwb.org or 204.956.0183 ext 2215 for more information. We look forward to celebrating dance with you this year at Sharing Dance Day!

Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival

RWB School Dance Ensemble students performed at the Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival between May 2-19, at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre. All participants did a wonderful job, and we are very proud of their hard work! We are also excited to announce the following scholarships that our students received at the Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival this year:

Senior Ballet Scholarship – Ronan Sheikh
Senior Tap Scholarship – Ronan Sheikh
Senior Tap Scholarship – Imani Smelski-Rémillard

Congratulations to all!

Achievement Award Winners

Each year the Royal Winnipeg Ballet RD artistic faculty nominates and selects Junior and Senior Achievement Award recipients. These students have demonstrated tremendous improvement, commitment, School Spirit and dedication to their dance training. We are proud to announce that that Junior Achievement Award recipient for the 2015 – 16 year is Logan Quatember, and the Senior Achievement Award recipient for the 2015 – 16 year is Daria McKennitt.

The RD artistic faculty also nominates one student to receive the Jean McKenzie Award. In the late 1930’s Jean McKenzie was scouted by Betty Farrally and Gweneth Lloyd to join the Winnipeg Dance Club. She danced with the Club and then the Company until 1950. In 1962, Ms McKenzie became the Principal of the School of the Winnipeg Ballet and continued teaching and leading the school for 23 years. She was an inspirational dancer and had a passion for teaching. The family of the late RWB ballerina, in memory of Jean McKenzie, have established a scholarship that would be offered on an annual basis to one Recreational Division student who shows potential in ballet, dedication to the art form and strong camaraderie within the school. We are happy to announce the winner of this award for the 2015 – 16 season is Magdalena McGregor.

We also have the pleasure of presenting the Teaching Assistant Award of Achievement. Every year the artistic faculty nominates a teaching assistant who has shown outstanding commitment to the class that they assist. This year the artistic faculty has selected two students who were equally deserving of this award, Kaelin Antonishin and Mia McFeetors.

Congratulations to all award recepients!

Dance Intensive

The RWB School Recreational Division Dance Intensive program is a two-week training opportunity for young dancers ages 9-18 looking to improve their skills and deepen their understanding of the art form 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. When not in the studio, the RWB School Residence will provide a safe and comfortable home-away-from-home for Dance Intensive students and our fun-filled activity program will provide dancers first-hand exposure to the arts and culture for which our city is known.

Click here for more information and to register.

Adult Summer Dance

Adult Summer Dance is a five-week RWB School Recreational Division program for adults of all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re an experienced dancer looking to refine your technique or a beginner keen to try something new, Adult Summer Dance has just the class to meet your needs. Classes are available in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and modern dance with various options to suit your summer schedule. Be sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity to strengthen your body, focus your mind and express your individual style this summer – not to mention have some fun!

Click here for more information and to register.

Call For Volunteers for Ballet In The Park

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is looking for volunteers to assist with Ballet in the Park—an annual summer favorite! Company dancers, as well as Recreational and Professional Division students, will perform at the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park from July 27-29.

Volunteers will be expected to arrive one hour prior to the performance and help with seating and reference to the downloadable PDF program, assist in the Pass the Slipper donation collection.

All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and pizza!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Patricia Guenther-Smith at PGuenthersmith@rwb.org.

Have a Safe and Enjoyable Summer

On behalf of everyone at the RWB, we hope all of our students and their families have a safe and enjoyable summer, and we look forward to another exciting and successful season of dance in 2016 – 17!