May Company Spotlight

May 28 2015 | Posted in Spotlight

From Students to Stars

The RWB has many success stories and takes a lot of pride in continuing to enrich the world of dance. The greatest success, however, is seeing our students rise to new heights in their craft. Because of the exceptional skill level and dedication of our students, RWB’s School Professional Division’s presentation of La Bayadère: Kingdom of the Shades + The Misadventures of Pinocchio was added to RWB Company’s official 75th subscription season! This also further deepens the connectivity between the Company and School.

Many of RWB School’s Professional Division students have gone on to travel and perform around the world. Since the first graduating class of 1971, the School has graduated more than 400 students from the Ballet Academic Program, Aspirant Program and Teacher Training Program. The RWB Company has a long history of employing graduates of the School, such as Principal Dancers Evelyn Hart, Jorden Morris, Tara Birtwhistle, and Vanessa Lawson, as well as Artistic Director André Lewis and School Director Arlene Minkhorst. Graduates of the Professional Division make up more than 70% of RWB Company dancers and comprise over half of the School’s artistic faculty.

A recent success story includes RWB’s own Jacqueline Weber who recently celebrated her retirement after an accomplished career in dance and 40 years of teaching at RWB. She is a true testament of the success our students can enjoy through RWB as they develop their skills for amazing careers. Learn more about RWB’s classes and company dancers at

RWB hosts its first Barre After Hours

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet welcomes the summer with Barre After Hours - a rooftop parkade party! What a great way to celebrate a successful 75th anniversary season. Dance under the starts with the sounds of Attica Riots and DJ Mama Cutsworth. Join us on Saturday, June 13, tickets are $60 and proceeds benefit the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Seats are selling quickly – don’t wait too long!

Purchase tickets online at or call 204-957-3416 for tickets.

Support young dancers with the Pointe Shoe Fund

The yearly cost of purchasing pointe shoes for a student’s training over 8 years can be overwhelming to a family. The RWB School Pointe Shoe Fund supports dancers with pointe shoes for performance opportunities, and provides assistance to students who need help to cover the cost of purchasing pointe shoes for class.

We are gratefully accepting donations in our effort to help “pointe” our young dancers in the direction of new opportunities through dance. For more information about how you can make a difference, please contact Graciela Najenson, RWB’s Individual Giving Manager, at 204-957-3485 or

RWB’s Adult Summer Dance is around the corner

Photo courtesy of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Photo courtesy of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

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!

Download a registration form or register online.

Save the Date for Ballet in the Park!

Ballet in the Park is coming this summer, sponsored by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. Save the date and join us at the Lyric Theatre Stage at Assiniboine Park from July 29th – 31st.

RWB Dancer Luzemberg Santana; Photo Credit: David Cooper
RWB Company Dancer Luzemberg Santana; Photo Credit: David Cooper

Q Dance moves to a bigger stage for a growing audience

RWB Company Dancers in Q DANCE, 2013; Photo Credit: Vince Pahkala
RWB Company Dancers in Q DANCE, 2013; Photo Credit: Vince Pahkala

Q Dance, a company of core Ballet dancers, founded by choreographer Peter Quanz, will be taking on larger audiences in its next performance at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, presented by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

“Our last Q Dance show in 2013 sold out three months in advance. We had to add two more shows and those were also sold out three months in advance. We didn’t have enough seats for people so we’ve moved to MTC this year,” says choreographer Peter Quanz.

The program is filled with mixed repertoires and also proudly features two World Premieres. Winnipeg audiences will be the first to experience a new creation by created by Quanz and Lamb. Q Dance is very focused on creating new work, being a laboratory where new ideas come to life. What makes Q Dance different from classical ballets is that way it not only entertains audiences, but challenges the dancers too.

To secure your ticket to Q Dance at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, June 10th – 12th, visit or call 204-956-2792.