May 09 2019 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter

May 18 - 20 Maximum Impact Dance Challenge
May 20 Victoria Day – No Classes
May 23 - 25 RWB School Professional Division, Presents Spotlight
May 24 - 25 Mandatory Meeting for all Dance Spectrum Parent Volunteers
May 25 - 26 Intensive Training Program & Dance Ensemble Auditions


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 15 – 6:30pm at the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall
Dance Spectrum #2 – Sunday, June 16 – 1:00pm at the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall
Dance Spectrum #3 – Sunday, June 16 – 6:30pm at the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall

Please note that students who are in only one half of the show (Level 2 and higher) 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. Students may be asked to wear part of the RWB School uniform as part of their 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 $25
Orders will be accepted May 27 – June 27, 2019


Every year, we are grateful for the large number of parent volunteers who help our shows run smoothly backstage. Interested parents can sign up by contacting our Parent Volunteer coordinator, Sarah Davey, at If classes are missing volunteers, the School Office will be contacting parents to inquire about their interest in joining our volunteer team! Mandatory meetings for all Dance Spectrum Parent Volunteers will be held on May 24th and 25th; information regarding meeting times and locations will be emailed to all volunteers.

1. If I volunteer do I have to volunteer for both the dress rehearsal and performance? YES
2. If I volunteer, will I miss my child’s performance? NO, volunteers will be allowed to watch from the front at dress rehearsal and from backstage at the performance.
3. Do I have to pay for a ticket? Absolutely not!
4. How will I know what to do? A meeting will be scheduled for all volunteers to go over their duties.


Auditions for our Intensive Training Program and Dance Ensemble groups will be held the last weekend of May. Students who are currently registered in eligible classes and levels will be 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!

Saturday, May 25th

Intensive Training Program Auditions
Junior 2 1:15-2:45 2018-19 Levels 5B-6B, Junior 1 ITP

Intermediate 3:00-4:30 2018-19 Levels 7-8, Junior 2 ITP
Tap Dance Ensemble Auditions
Senior 5:00-5:30 2018-19 Levels 6-8

Intermediate 5:45-6:15 2018-19 Levels 4-5B
Junior 6:30-7:00 2018-19 Levels 2-3

Sunday, May 26th

Musical Theatre Dance Ensemble Auditions
Junior 9:15-9:45 2018-19 Levels 2-5B
Inter/Senior 10:00-10:30 2018-19 Levels 6-8

Jazz Dance Ensemble Auditions
Junior 11:00-11:30 2018-19 Levels 3-4
Intermediate 11:45-12:15 2018-19 Levels 5A-5B
Senior 12:30-1:00 2018-19 Levels 6-8

Hip Hop Dance Ensemble Auditions
Junior 1:30-2:00 2018-19 Levels 2-5A
Inter/Senior 2:15-2:45 2018-19 Levels 5B-8


The RWB School is pleased to announce that Recreational Division Registration for the 2019-20 school year will run from June 19-27, 2019!

We have a guaranteed appointment slot for each of our returning students. Returning students can make their registration appointments starting on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 10:00am for an exclusive two-week period. Starting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, new students will also be permitted to make appointments.

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 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.


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!

Visit for more information and to register today!


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. Our 2019 guest teachers are RWB School alumi Rachael McLaren, Principal Dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and RWB Soloists Yayoi Ban and Alanna McAdie.

Visit for more information and to register today!


You are invited to Sharing Dance Day on the morning on Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Axworthy Health and RecPlex (350 Spence Street, Winnipeg, MB).

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.

It’s the biggest dance party this country has ever seen! Sharing Dance Day is 100% FREE and will feature performances from B.O.S.S Dance Team, Gearshifting, Shanley Spence and Viva Brasil representing Folklorama, Rusalka and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division.


The RWB School Professional Division presents Spotlight May 23 - 25 at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

This year’s performance will feature an excellent blend of classical and contemporary ballet featuring Mark Godden’s The Marshmallow Test. Godden, a graduate of the Professional Division and critically-acclaimed artist, created this piece last summer. “The Marshmallow Test is an experiment conducted on young children to test delayed gratification. It’s also an old story: sacrifice now, in the present, for something better in the future,” says Godden. “The dance and movement ideas for this ballet spring forth from the body’s dilemma of wanting something now while the mind works overtime to convince the body to wait. It is an internal tug-of-war; but, it’s also a chance to sublimate the moment.”

Claire Marshall and Jolene Bailie have each created a piece with the Level 1-5 students to the music of Mark Cameron and Dave Brubeck. It’s fun, entertaining, engaging and involves balloons and tennis balls!

RWB School Alumni Jera Wolfe, who recently captivated the audience of Ballet and the Band with his piece Bare, will present a contemporary duo created on the prestigious Prince Edward Award Scholarship recipients Bridget Lee and Logan Savard.

The beauty of classical ballet will be told through an excerpt of Le Corsaire, through an incredible scene where a flower garden comes to life, with featured tutus equally as stunning as the natural beauty of flowers. Then, students will perform highlights of the ballet Gayaneh, which was first performed by the Kirov Ballet during the Second World War evacuation.

Performing excerpts from beloved classical story ballets and original works, this brilliant group of young dancers will capture your hearts with their dedication, talent, and spirit.

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).


Students in RWB Dance Ensembles and the ITP program will compete in the Maximum Impact Dance Challenge from May 18 – 20, 2019 at the Club Regent Event Centre. Students participating in this event will receive a schedule for their performances in the upcoming weeks, and we look forward to seeing all of the students’ hard work on stage!


On March 15th, RWB ITP and DE student Zenya Veryha competed in the Manitoba Ukrainian Dance Festival and was awarded the Intermediate Scholarship for her Ukrainian dance solo. Zenya also received the highest mark overall in her age category for this piece, choreographed by RWB faculty Kristina Washchyshyn. Congratulations to Zenya!

We have received news that three of our students, Ben McIntyre-Ridd (DE), Hillary Pham, and Juliette Schroeder-Suss (DE) have been accepted into the prestigious Sheridan College in Toronto, ON! Congratulations to these students!

We are always eager to know of any student accomplishments in the dance world outside of the RWB! Please email 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.
  • 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 RD Principal so that we can work to ensure a safe and positive environment for all.
  • Please refrain from idling their vehicles in the drive-thru when waiting for their children.