MARCH 2019 RECREATIONAL DIVISION NEWSLETTER
IMPORTANT CALENDAR REMINDERS
March 3 Cecchetti Ballet Examination Rehearsals
March 3 Dress rehearsal for the Steppin’ Out adult student showcase
March 3 – 9 Spring Observation Week
March 9 – 10 Steppin’ Out – RWB Founders’ Studio
March 10 Cecchetti Ballet Examination Rehearsals
March 13 Last Day for ExplorAbility Session 2
March 14 Quantum Arts Finale at the WAG
March 15 – 17 5678 Showtime Competition and Convention
March 18 – 24 MOVE Dance Competition
March 24 – 30 Spring Break – no RD classes
March 31 RD Classes resume
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.
STEPPIN’ OUT: RECREATIONAL DIVISION ADULT STUDENT SHOWCASE
Our adult program students have been working diligently over the past few weeks in preparation for Steppin’ Out, the RWB School Recreational Division adult student showcase.
March 9 at 7:30 pm
March 10 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
DVDs will be available for purchase through the School Office between February 4 and March 18 (at 8:00 pm). DVDs are $30 each.
Drop-in classes will be permitted in all adult classes after our Steppin’ Out performances, Monday, March 11, 2019. Drop-ins will not be permitted into beginner level classes. Drop-ins are $20/class.
We are excited to open our studios for parent observation from March 3 - 9, 2019. We ask that all guests remove their outdoor footwear before entering the studios and please turn off all cell phones. Video recording is not permitted and photography is only permitted if you are taking pictures of your own child. These policies are in place for the protection of all students. If you are moving from one class to another before one class finishes, please situate yourself closer to the door to avoid class disruption. We also ask that all students choose another week to take make up classes.
5678 SHOWTIME COMPETITION AND CONVENTION
March 15 - 17
RWB School Recreational Division Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Tap Dance Ensembles, along with select other pieces, will be taking the stage at Fort Gary Hotel March 15 - 17 for the 5678 Showtime Competition and Convention. A schedule for this competition will be emailed to all participating students and available through the School Office once it becomes available. Good luck to all the participants!
MOVE DANCE COMPETITION
March 18 - 24
RWB School Recreational Division Jazz, Hip Hop, and Tap Dance Ensembles, along with select Musical Theatre pieces, will be taking the stage at The RBC Convention Centre March 18-24 for the MOVE Dance Competition. A schedule for this competition will be emailed to all participants and is available through the School Office. Good luck to all the participants!
BRANDON FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
From February 18-21, RWB School ITP and Dance Ensemble students delivered amazing performances at the Brandon Festival of the Arts. This was the first time the RWB participated in this event and we are very proud of the dancers’ hard work and success. The Junior 1 ITP students had their ballet piece, La Joie, and the Junior 2 ITP students had their modern piece, Convergence, selected as the Adjudicator’s Choices for Outstanding Performance and were invited to participate in the Gala Showcase Performance. As well, Bryn Dubberley was awarded the Barbara Withey Ehnes Pointe Scholarship for an outstanding Pointe performance at the Senior level and Delaney Giesbrecht was awarded the Pirouette Dance and Active Wear Trophy.
Congratulations to all who participated!
Created by Canada’s National Ballet School in partnership with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Physical and Health Education Canada, Sharing Dance is a community initiative that makes dance accessible to all people. The program aims to encourage Canadians of all ages and abilities to engage artistically, and reap the physical, social, emotional, and cultural benefits that dance provides.
There are many ways to get involved with Sharing Dance, and they all lead to Sharing Dance Day – the biggest dance party this country has ever seen! Sharing Dance Day is 100% FREE and includes performances, workshops, and other fun activities for the whole family. Everyone is invited to Sharing Dance Day on the morning on Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Axworthy Health and RecPlex (350 Spence Street, Winnipeg, MB).
The 2019 signature Sharing Dance routine will be released in January 2019. RWB School graduate Philippe-Alexandre Jacques was commissioned together with Esie Mensah to create the Contemporary/Afrofusion choreography based on the theme “Roots & Identity”
SHARING DANCE JAM SESSIONS
We are excited to announce that there will be an exclusive opportunity for RWB students in Level 3 and up, along with RWB Adult Students, to learn the Sharing Dance choreography in two “Jam Sessions”. These sessions will be held at the RWB on March 2nd and March 9th from 4:30 – 6:00 pm and will be taught by RWB Faculty member Karyn Maertens. We hope to see many of our students there!
SHARING DANCE FREE OPEN CLASSES – KIDS AGES 8-12
Every Tuesday from February 5-May 28, 2019, the RWB welcomes kids ages 8-12 for FREE weekly classes from 5-6 pm at the RWB on 380 Graham Avenue. There is no advanced registration, and kids are encouraged to attend weekly, but not required. Kids and families may choose to participate in Sharing Dance Day, but why miss the country’s biggest dance party when everyone is invited? Contact the RWB School Office at 204-957-3467 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SHARING DANCE LEARN THE CHOREOGRAPHY ONLINE – ALL AGES
Everyone is invited to learn the choreography online. Tutorials are available any day of the week, any time of day and can be access individually, together with a group of friends or as a family activity. As a fully accessible program, there is a version to follow for those who need to remain seated. Winnipeg is one of the coldest places in the world and this is one way to keep moving and have fun indoors all winter long! When the frost thaws in May everyone is encouraged to attend Sharing Dance Day and participate in the country’s biggest dance party!
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!
Registration for Adult Summer Dance will be available at www.rwb.org beginning on March 8 at 10 am
DI19 is designed to give students the opportunity to express themselves artistically, improve their technique and deepen their understanding of ballet 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. DI19 will feature some of our finest ballet instructors and talented guest teachers who are masters of dance genres beyond ballet. Guest teachers will be announced shortly!
Don’t forget to register by April 1 & save $100. Register today at rwb.org/danceintensive
INFORMATION FOR RECITAL PROGRAMS
As we prepare for our year-end performances, we ask that all parents stop by the School Office to verify the spelling of the name(s) of their child(ren) by March 23rd, 2018. This will help to ensure our program accurately depicts the dancers in each piece.
FESTIVAL PREVIEW PERFORMANCES
Reminder to all students participating in competitions that Festival Preview Performances will be held on April 16 - 18, 2019 at the RWB. These performances will showcase for parents all the pieces which the School will be entering into competitions, and allow for the students to perform their work in front of a supportive and familiar audience. Each piece will perform once over the course of the three days in Studio 116. More information regarding ticket allocation and performances will be available shortly.
FALL 2019-20 REGISTRATION
RWB School Registration is fast approaching! Parents and families of current RWB students will have an exclusive opportunity to secure registration appointments starting on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 10:00 am. On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, appointments will be made available to the general public as well. Class registration will run from June 19-22 and June 24-27, 2019.
All registration appointment bookings will be available on a first come, first served basis. Classes will fill quickly and are subject to availability. An appointment is required to register for classes during the designated registration period. We will not be able to provide registration support without a scheduled appointment.
To book your appointment between May 7 and May 21, you will require an access code. The access code will be emailed to you in late April. Appointments can be made at www.rwb.org/register. The School Office is unable to book your appointment for you.
Please note that you do not require your child’s placement level to book an appointment. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School Office.
We are always eager to know of any student accomplishments in the dance world outside of the RWB! Please email email@example.com to share any accomplishments that you would like to share with us and the rest of the RWB student body in the monthly newsletter!
We ask parents to please ensure their child(ren) are using the stairs whenever possible, and that they are not using the elevator unnecessarily. We have been informed of many instances of children playing in the elevator and for their safety and that of others, we ask that this not continue.
Please refrain from using the automated accessibility button located at the entries to the RWB building unless you require its use. The frequent use of this button causes the lobby and mezzanine levels to remain at a low temperature, thus making an uncomfortable environment for staff, students, and parents.
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 and participate to the best of their ability. Speak to your child’s teacher about how best to manage their injury.
All belongings should be locked in lockers to avoid theft. The RWB School cannot be responsible for lost or stolen articles. Items left in public areas (i.e., outside of studios or in waiting areas) will be removed and placed in our school office until their owner returns to retrieve them. We ask that any incidences of vandalism or theft be reported to the School Office so that we can work to ensure a safe and positive environment for all.