May 30 2017 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter


May 28: ITP Auditions
May 29: Dance Spectrum Photos and DVD’s go on sale
May 31: Hip Hop Dance Ensemble Auditions
June 3 : Dance Spectrum Volunteer Meeting
June 4 : Tap, Musical Theatre, Jazz Dance Ensemble Auditions
June 16-17: Dress rehearsal for Dance Spectrum 1, 2 & 3
June 17: Dance Spectrum 1
June 18: Dance Spectrum 2 & 3
June 21-24: Recreational Division 2017-18 Registration
June 26-29: Recreational Division 2017-18 Registration
June 29: Last day to purchase Dance Spectrum Photos and DVD’s
July 3-August 3: Adult Summer Dance
July 31-August 12: 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!

Intensive Training Program
Junior 1: Level 5A, Pre-Intensive
May 28, 2017 @ 11:15-12:30pm

Junior 2: Levels 5B – 6A, Junior 1 ITP
May 28, 2017 @ 12:45-2:00pm

Intermediate: Level 6B-8, Junior 2 ITP
May 28, 2017 @ 2:15-3:30pm

Hip Hop Dance Ensemble
Intermediate/Senior: Levels 5A and up
May 31, 2017 @ 5:05-5:50pm

Tap Dance Ensemble
Junior: Levels 2-4
June 4, 2017 @ 10:15-10:45 am

Intermediate: Levels 5A
June 4, 2017 @ 11:00-11:30am

Senior: Levels 5B and up
June 4, 2017 @ 11:45-12:15pm

Musical Theatre
Junior: Level 1-3
June 4, 2017 @ 12:30-1:00pm

Intermediate: Level 4-5B
June 4, 2017 @ 1:15-1:45pm

Senior: Level 6-8
June 4, 2017 @ 2:00-2:30pm

Junior: Levels 4 June 4, 2017 @ 3:00-3:30pm

Intermediate: Level 5A-5B
June 4, 2017 @ 3:45-4:15pm

Senior: Levels 6 and up
June 4, 2017 @ 4:30-5:00pm

Dance Spectrum and Spring Concert

If you have not yet purchased your tickets for Dance Spectrum, you are still in luck! Tickets are available through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue, online or by calling 204.956.2792 or 1.800.667.4792 (toll free).

Dance Spectrum #1 - Saturday, June 17 - 6:30 pm at the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall
Dance Spectrum #2 – Sunday, June 18 – 1:00 pm at the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall
Dance Spectrum #3 – Sunday, June 18 - 6:30 pm at the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall

Please note that students who are in only one half of the show are welcome to sit free of charge in the specified “student seating” for the other half of the show. They will require a ticket if they will be joining parents in the audience. Running orders for the show are posted in the atrium. Costumes are provided by the RWB wardrobe department for the most part. Students may be asked to wear part of the RWB School uniform or pieces of their own clothing as part of the costume. Once again, the RWB School is pleased to offer for purchase class photos and DVDs of our year end recitals as a keepsake. The photos are scheduled to be taken during the students’ dress rehearsal and DVDs are recorded of each of the recitals.

Photo (Digital and Hard Copy) $17
DVD $28
Orders will be accepted May 29-June 29, 2017.

2017-18 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 21 – 24 and June 26 – 29, 2017. 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 approximately 15 minutes per student.

Returning students had exclusive access to book appointment from May 9-22, 2017. Appointments are still available but have been open to the general public since Tuesday, May 23, 2017. 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 (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: RWB77
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 the past and our hope is to continue to build on this success in 2017. 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


The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is thrilled to once again be partnering with Canada’s National Ballet School on Sharing Dance, a national arts engagement strategy aimed at improving ACCESS to quality dance EDUCATION for the HEALTH of all Canadians. The Winnipeg celebration of Sharing Dance Day 2017 is on June 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm outside the RecPlex at the University of Winnipeg.

Rehearsals for Sharing Dance Day take place each Tuesday from 6:30-7:30pm with RD Faculty member Julie Gregorchuk. There is no fee to participate and all Manitobans ages 8+ are welcome to join (first come, first serve). Bring your families and friends – the more the merrier! Students under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult in the studio.

All participants must register at SharingDance.ca. If you require assistance with the registration process, or have any other questions or concerns, please contact Philippe Alexandre Jacques, Sharing Dance Coordinator, at 204-957-2215 or pjacques@rwb.org.


Livestreaming rehearsals are being broadcast every second Friday at 6:45 pm from now until June 8, 2017 at SharingDance.ca. Both standing and seated versions of the routine are available and all lessons will be posted online for easy access.

Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival

RWB School Dance Ensemble students performed at the Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival between May 3-21, 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 that Danika Burdeniuk won this years Junior Musical Theatre Scholarship for her piece “You Can Play With Your Food” choreographed by Alenna Mark. Congratulations Danika!

Adult Summer Dance

Register today for Adult Summer Dance!

Dance twice a week (Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays) from July 3 – August 3! Classes are available in ballet, hip hop, jazz, modern and tap for all levels!

Classes are filling up, so be sure to get your registration in and secure the class you’d like to take. Deadline is July 15 / 2017

Visit rwb.org/adultsummerdance to register.

Dance Intensive

Advance your art to the next level while creating lifelong memories. Two weeks of intense, inspiring training alongside internationally-renowned guest teachers & our own world-class artistic faculty.

Dance Intensive runs July 31 – August 12 for dancers ages 9-18 and no audition is necessary! This is a two-week training opportunity for dancers from any studio hosted by the RWB School.

Guest teachers include the following:
Josh Assor, Grant Park High School Performing Arts Graduate who returns to Winnipeg as a successful New York based award-winning choreographer and Broadway performer.
Kira Hofmann, RWB School Professional Division graduate and former Stuttgart Ballet dancer.

RWB Students who register for Dance Intensive by May 31 will receive a FREE summer t-shirt! Any students who already registered will be reimbursed.

Visit rwb.org/danceintensive for more information.

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 Nicki Kirton at nkirton@rwb.org.

Please consider a donation to the Recreational Division Opportunity Fund!

Do you have a favourite dance teacher? Thank them for a wonderful year of dance by making a donation to the RD Opportunity Fund in their honour. We will contact your favourite teacher and let them know that you have made a donation (but keep the donation amount confidential).

The RD Opportunity Fund provides aspiring young artists with access to dance lessons at the RWB School Recreation Division. Without the financial assistance provided by the Fund, some cannot otherwise afford to take classes. Funding is allocated to individual students via application process in which the fulfilment of financial aid requirements are determined.

Please make your gift as we pass the slipper during Spectrum performances or contact Madison Harding, School Development Officer of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet at 204-957-3442 or mharding@rwb.org. Donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt.

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 2017 – 18!