Nov 01 2017 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter



November 5: Daylight Savings Ends.
November 5-11: Fall Break – no RD classes.
November 13: Student Initiated Choreography Applications Due
November 17: RWB School Professional Division auditions (1)
November 17 – 19: Dance Manitoba’s Showcase Weekend
November 26-December 2: Fall Observation Week

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 26-December 2. 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.

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 fee for this will be announced shortly and 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 13th.

Dance Manitoba’s Showcase Weekend

Dance Manitoba will be hosting workshops at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre for dancers of all levels, aged 8 years or older, over their Showcase Weekend from November 17 – 19. 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 choreography by Josh Assor!

The fee for the weekend workshop is $40.00. Registration forms are available online at

RWB School’s Professional Division Summer Session Audition

Each year the RWB School travels the globe in search of talented dancers to join one of three full-time professional programs: Ballet Academic (ages 10+), Aspirant (Post-Secondary) and Teacher Training (Post-Secondary).

The first audition date in Winnipeg is Friday, November 17 and students who are identified as having potential for professional training will be invited to attend Summer Session which acts as the second phase of the audition process.

If auditioning for the Professional Division is a fit for the young dancer in your life, we strongly encourage you to register in advance and take advantage of the available discount.

The View Dance Convention

On October 21, RWB School students attended the View Dance Convention. Students and teachers participated in an exciting day of classes with the View faculty: Justin De Bernardi & Kristen Maurice, Julia Cosentino, Sabrina Phillip, Morgan Stinnett, Samantha Grist, Mindy Conto, and Gabriel Wolinsky.

Congratulations to Serena Paley, Megan Gareau, and Delaney Giesbrecht for being awarded scholarships!


Parking in the RWB Drive Through/Fire Lane

A reminder for all parents that the RWB Drive Through/Fire Lane is for pick up and drop off only. For the convenience of all our families, please pull fully into the drive through to ensure clear access for everyone. All vehicles left unattended in the RWB Drive Through/Fire Lane will be towed. Vehicle owners will be responsible for any charges or damages associated with their vehicle being towed from RWB property. Warnings will not be issued.

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, on the mezzanine level, 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, mezzanine, 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.

Call In When 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.