Oct 25 2015 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter

Important Calendar Reminders

November 1: RWB School Professional Division auditions
November 10: Deadline to apply for Student Initiated Choreography
November 11: Remembrance Day – no RD classes
November 13-15: RWB presents Paul Taylor Dance Company
November 14: Deadline for confirmation and payment of Festival invoice/participation
November 14: Deadline to sign-up for RD Boys Company Mentorship
November 15-21: Fall Observation Week
November 19: RD Boys Company Mentorship
November 20 – 22: Dance Manitoba’s Showcase Weekend

Observation Week

Are you wondering what your child has been up to in class? Well, we are really excited to show you! Classes will be open for observation for parents from November 15-21. This period of observation allows you an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and for teachers to share valuable information about the remainder of the year with you.

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. We also ask that all students choose another week to take make up classes.

RD Boys Company Mentorship opportunity

The Recreational Division and RWB Company are pleased to be able to offer a mentorship opportunity to our currently registered boys in levels 1 – 4.

On November 19th from 5-6 pm, the RWB Company will open their studio doors to young dancers from our Recreational Division. The students will get to experience a demonstration of the company’s current repertoire, followed by a coaching session with Ballet Master Jaime Vargas and a mentoring session with some of the male professional dancers. The activity ends with a question and answer session.

If your child is interested in participating in this exciting opportunity please contact our RWB School Office to register in advance. Registration is free of charge but space is limited and pre-registration is required by Saturday, November 14.

RWB School Dance Ensemble

All students involved in the RWB School Dance Ensembles will have received their annual Manitoba Dance Festival participation summary/invoices this month. These invoices will include mandatory group pieces and may include optional pieces. Registration for Dance Conventions and Competitions will also be included in this package.

The deadline for confirmation and payment of your Festival invoice/participation is November 14. Most rehearsals for optional pieces will begin after the New Year, however some may begin as early as the end of November. Payment plans are available for all Dance Manitoba fees, however payments for Competitions are due in full since registrations for these events must be submitted in December.

Student Choreography Opportunity

The Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival offers a category referred to as “student initiated choreography”. This category allows students to choreograph their own dances as well as choose their own performers and costuming. Adjudication is based entirely on the work of the choreographer and not on the interpretation of the dancers. The festival takes place in mid-May at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre.

The cost to participate is $184. This fee will include the use of our studios for rehearsals, staff support and supervision at the festival, as well as the festival entry fee. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please pick up further information at the School Office. Please note changes to past guidelines have been implemented for this season.

A limited number of applications will be accepted. Applications will be taken on a first-come-first-serve basis and will be accepted until November 10th.

Dance Manitoba’s Showcase Weekend

Dance Manitoba will be hosting workshops for dancers of all levels over their Showcase Weekend, November 20 - 22. The workshops are designed to provide dancers of all levels a weekend of programming where they will take classes, learn choreography, and perform! This year’s workshop includes a workshop class with Dammecia Hall, and choreography classes with Kojo Touch Mayne.

The fee for the weekend workshop is $30.00. Registration forms are available online here.

Dance Manitoba Workshop Series

Dance Manitoba will be hosting a workshop series at Prairie Soul Dance Company in Niverville. This series, which runs through October and November, features classes with RWB teacher Suzanne André, along with Dammecia Hall and Jeffrey Kohut. For a complete workshop series schedule or to register click here.

RWB School’s Professional Division Summer Session Audition

The RWB School Professional Division will be holding their annual Summer Session auditions in Winnipeg on November 1st. This four-week intensive professional training program will give prospective students a taste of what professional ballet training is all about and is the next step audition process for the full-time Regular Session for 2016-2017.

Audition Schedule for Sunday, November 1st:

9:00 - 10:00: Audition, age 10-12
10:15 - 10:45: Q & A
10:45 - 11:30: Audition, age 13+

Auditions will be held at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, 380 Graham Avenue.

If you are interested in auditioning, please click here for more information and to access the downloadable registration form. Should you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the School Office for assistance. An annual Recreational Division Scholarship for the PD Summer Session is awarded to one student who is currently registered in the Recreational Division.

Paul Taylor Dance Company

The world-renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company makes its Winnipeg debut with three powerful works. Hailed as the world’s most important living choreographer, Paul Taylor’s meticulous choreography is inspired by influential themes in modern society - such as war, spirituality, sexuality, and morality – while using his signature youthful, light-hearted and optimistic approach on these themes and exploring the beauty of movement.

Set to Bach violin concertos and acclaimed as “a classic of American Dance” by The New Yorker upon its premiere 40 years ago, Esplanade displays the vitality of youth, the anguish of a dysfunctional family and the romantic connection between lovers. Company B juxtaposes the exuberance of Americans post-Depression, as heard in the pop songs of the Andrews Sisters, with the tragedy of men who never returned from World War II. Piazzolla Caldera ignites the stage with the fiery passions of tango set to the music of Astor Piazzolla and Jerzy Peterburshsky. Clement Crisp of the Financial Times of London calls Piazzolla Caldera “one of Taylor’s most astonishing creations.”

Students are eligible to purchase a ticket for $30. Offer can be redeemed now using the promo code studentpt (case sensitive).*

Click here to buy tickets, or visit/call the RWB Customer Service Centre: 204.956.2792 - click here for hours

* 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.

Parents on the 3rd and 4th Floors

Please note that parents/guardians and other family members are asked to wait in the atrium on the 2nd floor or in the lobby on the main floor while your child is in class. There is limited space on the 4th floor, and we ask for your cooperation to reduce the congestion on that level between classes by waiting on the 1st or 2nd level. Please also note that parents/guardians and other family members are not permitted on the 3rd floor at any time. Additional seating has been provided for your convenience on the mezzanine level and in the lobby.

Please Call if your Child is Absent

Parents, please remember to contact the School Office in advance if your child is not going to be attending a class so they can inform your child’s teacher that he or she will be absent.

Student Injuries

Parents are required to inform Nicole Kepp at of any injury that restricts or prevents a child’s participation in dance classes. We will then inform the child’s teacher of any adjustments that need to be made for the child throughout the class. If the injury is severe enough that the child is not able to participate in any way, we ask that the child audits the class. If the child is seeking physiotherapy or other treatment it would be helpful if the parent could ask for a detailed description of the injury and any restrictions that are required from the physiotherapist or doctor.

The RWB Physiotherapy department provides students with a clear written description to provide to their teachers of their limitations and how to proceed in their classes between appointments. If parents wish to pick up a copy of this document to use when they seek treatment outside of the RWB, they may do so at the School Office.

If your child is sick, we ask that they stay at home to recover

Change Rooms

Please be aware that both the female change rooms on the 2nd floor and the male change rooms on the 3rd floor are open and available for student use. Please refrain from allowing your child to change in the atrium or any other public area.