Oct 31 2019 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter


Important Calendar Reminders

November 3 Daylight Savings Ends
November 10 – 16 Fall Break – no RD classes
November 23 – 24 Dance Manitoba’s Showcase Weekend


Dance Manitoba will be hosting workshops November 23rd & 24th at The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (85 Israel Asper Way). For dancers ages 8+, from Beginner to Advanced, the Showcase Weekend Workshops provide dancers the opportunity to be a “Unity Dancer” and learn an amazing piece of choreography from Winnipeg’s own Laura Kolisnyk. This inspiring piece will be performed on Sunday evening at the Dance Manitoba Showcase. The RWB School encourages students ages 8+ to participate in Dance Manitoba’s Showcase Weekend Choreographic Workshop for an opportunity to learn and perform! The school office will not be taking registration for this event, students are encouraged to register directly with Dance Manitoba. Participation in the Showcase Weekend is considered an excused absence from any regular RWB School dance classes in conflict with the rehearsal schedule.

The fee for the weekend workshop is $55.00. Registration forms are available online.


Please ensure that your payment and credit card information is up to date with our school office. We ask that you notify us if your credit card number or expiry date change in order to avoid NSF charges or missed payments.


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.


The RWB building is not only a School, but also a place of business. While in the building, students, parents, and siblings are asked to respect the shared space and keep noise levels to a minimum. Quiet activities are permitted in the waiting areas; the tables in the Atrium are available for students to complete their school work and provide a clean environment to eat their meals while waiting for classes. Students and parents are encouraged to share the space appropriately. If you are not using the table, please allow others to use it.

All students under the age of 12 are required to be supervised by a parent/legal guardian and escorted to and from assigned studios for classes. Parents are asked to ensure that all students are picked up within 30 min after their classes/rehearsals/events are finished and/or before building closure.

Students are not permitted to be on the 4th floor before, after or between classes. Students whose classes are scheduled on the 4th floor should remain in the Atrium (2nd floor) until 5 minutes before their class begins at which time they should take the stairs to the 4th floor. All students Level 2 and lower are to meet their teacher in the Atrium and they will be escorted to the 4th floor. At the end of their classes they are to make their way back to the Atrium.

Parents are asked to refrain from observing classes on the 2nd floor from the 3rd and 4th floor balconies. This can be distracting for the students and teacher. Many of the studios have small windows on the doors for parents to catch a brief look; however that too can be distracting for prolonged periods of time. We invite you to come right into the studio in December for our Parent Observation class. We will be happy to show you everything your children are doing!

Due to privacy protection regulations, parents are not permitted to take pictures or video any portion of their child’s class. Parents are welcome to take pictures of their children in the studio by themselves or with the teacher AFTER the class if time permits.

Students are reminded that they should be taking the stairs when going between floors. This ensures that the elevator is left free for those who require stair-free access.


Parents are required to inform the school office 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.


The RWB School is pleased to be offering jazz and tap exams in the ADAPT Syllabus for select levels. The decision to invite a student to participate in examinations are made by the student’s teacher and will be based on their progress, attendance, and focus. Invitations will be sent out in the coming weeks. The exams will be in January and in preparation, a maximum of six exam rehearsals will be scheduled during the month prior. These exam rehearsals are mandatory and will take precedence over competition rehearsals.

Upon completion of an examination, the student will receive a certificate and detailed report from the ADAPT organization. Please be aware that these examinations are NOT mandatory to advance to the next RWB School level. For more information please speak to your child’s jazz and/or tap teacher.


Satellite Programs are an extension of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Recreational Division and offer dance programming to students in rural Manitoba. This year we are running dance programs in Altona (taught by Shae-Lynn Martin), St. Malo (taught by Karyn Maertens), and Eriksdale (taught by Hinano Ishikawa and Chelsea Humble). The RWB School Recreational Division would like to extend a huge thank you to the local coordinators in each community for their continued support of this program and who donate countless hours to ensure these programs run successfully.


The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is pleased to be able to offer our Recreational Division students discounted parking in our Parkade located adjacent to the RWB building off of Edmonton Street. Students and parents will be able to park in the RWB Parkade for $2 when Recreational Division classes are scheduled. An email was sent to all registered families with instructions on how to validate this discounted parking.

2019-20 Parking Cards for MTS Center Event Nights:

  • Upon request, all registered students will be issued an official 2019-20 RWB Parking Card (a maximum of 2 cards will be issued per student) from the RWB School Office. RWB Parking Cards are non-transferable.
  • On an event night, parents and students wishing to park in the RWB Parkade at the discounted rate can do so (space permitting) by showing their assigned pass to the parking attendant. A ticket can be pulled from the machine as described above upon entry, and payment can proceed as described in the aforementioned email.
  • Students and parents unable to provide their assigned pass to the parking attendant will be required to pay full event parking fare, accepted in cash only.
  • Damaged parking passes can be replaced by producing/returning the original pass to the RWB School Office to receive a replacement.
  • Lost RWB Parking Cards may be replaced for a fee of $100.

We look forward to providing you with this convenient parking option, and encourage all parents and students to take advantage of this exclusive opportunity for RWB students and parents.


Please refrain from idling our vehicle in the drive-thru when waiting for their children.

The RWB Drive Through is for pick up and drop off only. 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.


The school office would also like to remind any students who have not submitted their Manitoba Health numbers and any other pertinent information to do so as soon as possible.


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.
  • 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.