Feb 27 2015 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter


March 1 Cecchetti Exam Rehearsal
March 4-8 RWB Company Presents Swan Lake
March 5-8 Thunderstruck Competition
March 8 Daylight Savings begins
March 8 Steppin’ Out – Adult Student Recital Dress Rehearsal
March 12 St. Malo Satellite Program Recital
March 14-15 Steppin’ Out – Adult Student Recital
March 13-15 5678 Showtime Competition
March 16 Gimli Satellite Program Recital
March 17 Last Day of ExplorAbility Session #2
March 19 Quantum Arts Program Finale at the WAG
March 19-25 Observation Week
March 22 Last day to order Steppin’ Out DVD’s
March 22 Cecchetti Exam Rehearsal
March 22 Altona Satellite Program Recital
March 24 ExplorAbility Session #3 Begins
March 29-April 4 Spring Break (regular RD classes cancelled)
April 5 Easter Sunday - RD classes cancelled

Observation Week

We are excited to open our studios for parent observation from March 19-25, 2015. Please be mindful that all outdoor footwear must be removed before entering the studios and all cell phones must be turned off. If you are moving from one class to another before one class finishes, please situate yourself closer to the door to avoid class disruption.

Thunderstruck Canada Dance Competition & 5678 Showtime Competition

March 5th-8th & March 13th-15th

RWB School Recreational Division Jazz and Tap Dance Ensembles will be taking the stage at Pantages Playhouse Theatre March 5th-8th for the Thunderstruck Canada Dance Competition and at the Fairmont Hotel March 13th-15th for 5678 Showtime Competition. A schedule for Thunderstruck has been emailed to all registered students and is posted outside the School Office. A schedule for 5678 will be emailed and posted once it becomes available. Good luck to all the participants!

Dance Intensive

Registration is now open for Dance Intensive, RWB School’s two week summer dance experience running August 9-22. One of the only programs of its kind in North America, the RWB School Recreational Division Dance Intensive program is a 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 faculty at the RWB School, together with a talented guest teacher, will inspire students to learn and grow.

Register online, or fill out a downloadable registration form and return to the RWB School Office in person, by mail or by email. As the registration spots in Dance Intensive fill quickly, reserve your place today!

For current RD students only:

10% Discount on Dance Intensive Tuition
50% Discount on Dance Intensive Residence*

This summer, you don’t need to leave the city to have the overnight camp experience you’ve been dreaming of all year! We strongly encourage current RD students to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to stay in the RWB School Residence at a FRACTION OF THE COST. Don’t miss your chance to room with dancers from around the world, enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Residence dining hall and take in all of the planned and unplanned activities that Residence has to offer, all the while affording your parents the break they so rightly deserve.

* Discount must be applied to in person or by mail registrations and cannot be applied to online registrations.

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School
380 Graham Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4K2



Registration Deadline: June 20, 2015

Adult Summer Dance

June 29th-July 30th

A program specially designed for our adult students, Adult Summer Dance 2015 provides an opportunity to try new dance classes with only a five-week commitment. It also provides our returning students the wonderful opportunity to continue honing their skills over the summer months. It’s a fun and great way to keep fit!

Information regarding classes offered, schedules and registration will be available March 1st through our School Office or online at

Manitoba Dance Festival Volunteers Needed!

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 visit the School Office to sign up by March 8th!

Dance Spectrum and Spring Concert Volunteers Needed!

Interested in helping out at our annual recitals? Volunteer parents are able to view their child perform at the Dress Rehearsal and the performance with no need to purchase a ticket! See the action from backstage and contact the School Office to sign up today or for more information.

Drop-in Classes

Drop-in classes will be permitted in all adult classes after our Steppin’ Out performances, Monday, March 16, 2015. Drop-ins are $20/class.

Festival Preview Performances

Reminder to all students participating in the Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival that Festival Preview Performances will be held on April 23-25, 2015 at the RWB. These performances are a great chance for parents to see all the pieces which the RWB School enters into the Festival, and gives students an opportunity to perform their work in front of a supportive and familiar audience. Each piece is performed once over the course of the three days in Studio 116. Due to restricted space in Studio 116, all students will be allocated two tickets for each show they are performing in. More information regarding ticket allocation and performances will be available shortly.

Cecchetti Exam Rehearsals

Cecchetti ballet exam rehearsals have been scheduled during the month of March and April. Please consult your child’s specific exam rehearsal schedule. All rehearsals must be attended to ensure the best possible preparation for your child.


We ask that students who are sick stay home to rest. This will provide their bodies the opportunity to heal and will eliminate the spread of illness to their classmates. Students recovering from injury are encouraged to observe their classes.

All belongings should be locked in lockers to avoid theft. The RWB School cannot be responsible for lost or stolen articles. We ask that any incidences of vandalism or theft be reported to the RWB School Office so we can work to ensure a safe and positive environment for all.

See Principal Bale in Swan Lake!

The RWB 75th Anniversary season continue with the sparkling classic, Swan Lake. Special guest Principal Kelly Bale will be playing the role of the Queen Mother in Swan Lake from March 4-8. Ms. Marshall and Ms. Washchyshyn will be playing the Queen’s ladies in waiting. Show your support by purchasing tickets or congratulate them in the school halls!

Since its premiere over a century ago in Russia, Swan Lake has become one of the most popular classical ballets of all time. This heart-wrenching story of true love has enchanted audiences young and old and remains timeless because of the range of human emotions expressed through dance and Tchaikovsky’s luminous score.

Student and guest prices for Swan Lake are now available!

Students may purchase one ticket for themselves at $25.00 and an additional ticket @ 50% off in Section B* for the following performances:

Wed, March 04, 2015, 7:30PM - Centennial Concert Hall
Thurs, March 05, 2015, 7:30PM - Centennial Concert Hall
Fri, March 06, 2015, 7:30PM - Centennial Concert Hall
Sat, March 07, 2015, 7:30PM - Centennial Concert Hall
Sun, March 08, 2015, 2:00PM - Centennial Concert Hall

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. Contact the RWB School Office to access promo code for your online discount.

* Taxes and fees not included, discount is taken off standard adult ticket pricing and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Discount tickets are available in Section B ONLY and are not exchangeable once the tickets have been processed.

Dance Plus - Swan Lake Backstage tour

In celebration of the organization’s 75th anniversary the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is offering a one-of-a-kind, free backstage tour to all Dance Plus Families that purchase tickets for Swan Lake on Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.*

Go behind the scenes to see original costumes and sets on a guided backstage tour hosted by RWB Stage Manager, Ingrid Kottke. Please sign up in advance at the School Office as space is limited.

For those who sign up for the backstage tour please meet RWB faculty member, Denise Belzile, on the piano nobile following the performance.

*This offer is for Dance Plus parents and children only, due to limited availability. Dance Plus families are families who are registered for a minimum of 3 classes.

ExplorAbility for Youth begins in March

This March, RWB School’s popular ExplorAbility program launches a new class series for teens ages 13-17. Taught by long longstanding RWB Artistic Faculty member, Jacqui Ladwig, ExplorAbility for Youth is designed for teens with different abilities who wish to experience the joy of movement and self-expression. Classes are focused on developing body awareness, self-expression, posture and alignment, all in a creative and supportive environment.

To foster learning in this creative environment two pilot classes will be offered, ExplorAbility for Youth (IC) with intellectual and cognitive disabilities and ExplorAbility for Youth (PD) with physical disabilities/impairments.

ExplorAbility for Youth (PD) will be held on Saturday, March 7, 14, 21 from 3:00-4:00pm.
ExplorAbility for Youth (IC) will be held on Saturday, March 7, 14, 21 from 4:00-5:00pm.
Fee: $25 Registration Fee for 3-Class Session

To learn more about ExplorAbility for Youth or to register for this new class series, please contact the RWB School Office at 204.957.3467 or

Introducing RWB School Interim Director of Operations, Megan Heke

RWB School says a heartfelt farewell to the Director of School Operations Kate Fennell as she prepares to welcome her second child to the Fennell family. Kate will be away on parental leave from February 16 to November 27, 2015. During Kate’s leave, Megan Heke joins the RWB School as Interim Director of Operations.

Good luck Kate and welcome Megan!

Jacqueline Weber’s Retirement

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School invites you to join us in celebrating the accomplished career of Jacqueline Weber, Principal, Professional Division on the occasion of her retirement after 40 years of dedicated service to the RWB.

Saturday, May 23, 2015
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, 174 Market Avenue, Winnipeg

La Bayadère: Kingdom of the Shades + Ballet Vignettes
7:30 pm
Adult $30*
Senior/Student/Child $25*

Tickets $15*
Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

*Plus applicable fees + taxes

Tickets for the performance and the reception are on sale now through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue, Winnipeg or 204.956.2792 / toll free 1.800.667.4792.

Former students, colleagues and friends of Mrs. Weber’s are invited to share their fondest memories and good wishes to be added to a keepsake book that will be presented at the conclusion of the School year. Please email before May 1, 2015 to add to the collection.

The RWB School Pointe Shoe Fund has been established to honor Mrs. Weber’s important contribution. Donations are being accepted now through the RWB Development Department. Please contact Graciela Najenson at or 204.957.3485 for more information, or click here to donate online.

Faculty Achievements

Congratulations to Alie Wagar on her First Steps achievements. Her original choreography Sail won second place in the First Steps Choreographic Competition.

Jacqui Ladwig attended the Dance for PD (Parkinson’s disease) workshop hosted by Canada’s National Ballet School from January 18-20. Dance for PD is an ongoing initiative of the Mark Morris Dance Group which has successfully connected to the Parkinson’s community in New York, Toronto and around the world. Constructed similarly to the ExplorAbility program currently offered by the RWB School, her attendance to this workshop affirmed the work Ms Ladwig has put into the ExplorAbility program and has already informed her teaching throughout all aspects of her work at RWB.

Join us for Sharing Dance Day on May 24

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School is thrilled to be partnering with Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) on Sharing Dance, a national arts engagement strategy for a healthy, active Canada. Sharing Dance aims to spread appreciation of movement and music while encouraging Canadians of any age and fitness level to experience the joy of dance.

This year, we will be hosting a Sharing Dance Day event in Winnipeg on May 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm at Memorial Park, opposite the Manitoba Legislative Building at the corner of Broadway and Memorial Boulevard, and we would like to invite you to participate!

We will be hosting a series of open rehearsals here at the RWB Building (380 Graham Avenue). These rehearsals are scheduled from 6:00-7:00 pm in Studio 116 on the following dates: March 11 & 25, April 15, 22 & 29, May 6, 13 & 20, 2015. There is no fee to participate and all RWB School students ages 8+ are welcome to join.

For additional information, please visit or contact Nicole Kepp, Vice-Principal of the RWB School Recreational Division, at or 204.957.3493 or through the RWB School Office.

We hope to have an opportunity to celebrate dance with you this year at Sharing Dance Day!

Thank you for voting!

Thank you to everyone who voted for Sharing Dance through CBC’s The Play Exchange. The RWB would like to congratulate Trottibus on their win and applaud all of the nominees for working to build a healthier Canada.