October 2013 Recreational Division Newsletter

Oct 02 2013 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter

Dear Parents and Students,

October is here and I hope everyone is easing into their fall schedules. Teachers have had the opportunity to assess all of their classes by now and are confident that your children are placed in the appropriate classes. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our School Office to set up an appointment with your child’s teacher. Teachers are most willing to discuss any questions you may have, but are not able to use the 5 minutes between classes.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Dance Downtown on September 29! There was so much energy between the RWB and Manitoba Hydro buildings, it was a wonderful way to celebrate Culture Days. Thank you to all Recreational Division students and parents who performed or volunteered.

We are looking forward to a wonderful year of dance! Thank you again for your support.

Warm Regards,
Nicole Egeland,
Interim Recreational Division Principal


The RWB will be holding auditions for their annual Nutcracker performances to be presented from December 19-29 at the Centennial Concert Hall. Recreational Division studentsare invited to attend an audition for the roles of Mounties, mice, party children and angels on Sunday, October 6th! Registration must be done through the School Office and the student must be present at the time of registration to be measured by a staff member. Dancers must be between the ages of 7-12yrs and who fall between the height of 3’8” and 4’10” All participants are asked to submit a headshot (school photos will be accepted) with their audition registration.


The RWB will be holding auditions for their production of Romeo + Juliet to be presented February 12-16, 2014 at the Centennial Concert Hall. All Recreational Division students between the ages of 8-11 are welcome to attend an audition for children’s roles on Sunday, October 6th.Registration must be done through the School Office and the student must be present at the time of registration to have their height confirmed by a staff member. All participants are asked to submit a headshot (School Photos will be accepted) with their audition registration.


Congratulations to Sena Alem and her family for winning the Dance Plus prize. Some prizes included were gift certificates to Harlequin The Dancers’ Store and Berns & Black Salon. Congratulations!


Congratulations to Ron (Vanessa) Hrynchuk for winning our September Newsletter contest! After seeking out the code word PIROUETTE his name was randomly drawn for a $50 gift card to ivivva athletica. Congratulations!


The RWB School Recreational Division will be attending Triple Threat Dance Convention on October 26th and 27th. Triple Threat is an exciting weekend convention that provides students the opportunity to participate in classes with working choreographers in the dance industry.

Attendance at this convention will be mandatory for all registered Jazz Dance Ensemble students, with the exception of Pre-Jazz Dance Ensemble. All Tap Dance Ensemble students are encouraged to participate at this convention, however attendance is optional. Students in Level 4 and up are also invited to register for this exciting weekend! Any questions regarding which level your child should register for can be directed to their teacher.

Registration Fees for this event are:

Junior Jr. Jazz/Tap Dance Ensemble (Level 4-5A) $ 206
Intermediate Inter. Jazz/Tap Dance Ensemble (Level 5A-7) $ 227
Senior Sr. Jazz/Tap Dance Ensemble (Level 7-8) $ 227

The deadline to register for Triple Threat through our RWB School Office is Sunday, October 6th.


The Manitoba Hydro 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 Alex Schade), Gimli (taught by Lisa Brooks), St.Malo (taught by Stacha Penner and Jessica Spirito) and Eriksdale (taught by Samantha Hrabi and Stacha Penner). The RWB School Recreational Division would like to extend a huge thank you to Manitoba Hydro for their continued support of this program and to the volunteer coordinators in each community who donate countless hours to ensure these programs run successfully.


The RWB is a large building and has several exits. It is important that the students familiarize themselves with the nearest exits in case of a fire or other emergency. The School will beconducting random fire drills over the next month to ensure that students become comfortable with these exit procedures. Although we will be conducting several drills it is impossible to ensure that all students will be present for them. Teachers will be explaining safety procedures to all of their classes. During these drills ALL students, parents and staff are to participate in the safety procedures. Staff will be providing direction throughout the building. Parents are NOT to remove their children from the class at the sound of the alarm, however may accompany their child’s class to the holding area. This is crucial to ensure that teachers are able to know where all students are at all times. In the event of an actual fire during inclement weather, the RWB Residence building is the holding area for students. Staff will direct students there, accordingly.


This year, Hallowe’en falls on a Thursday. Students are welcome to wear their costumes to class to celebrate the event. This being said, we ask that parents ensure costumes do not restrict movement and allow your child to dance without hurting others. Props and masks will not beallowed in class.

THE HANDMAID’S TALE Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood

Artistic Director André Lewis has commissioned a bold adaptation of Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel of the same name. Acclaimed New York-based choreographer Lila York hast created a powerful and poignant interpretation of the gripping tale.

Also, when you join us on opening night there will be a special pre-show chat between Margaret Atwood and Artistic Director André Lewis that you won’t want to miss!

Single ticket DISCOUNT forStudents and guests starts October 2nd! Keep an eye on your inbox for the promo code!



We are pleased to offer a subscription discount for students of the RWB School once again this year. Students can to purchase up to three (3) subscriptions at the following discounted rates:

3 Pack Subscription in Section B (main floor only):

Adult $180.00
Student $84.00

Nutcracker tickets can be added to any subscription at a 40% discount. Subscriptions are non-transferrable and must be purchased under the student’s name.

Students must purchase their subscriptions in person at the RWB Customer Service Office during the following hours:

Monday-Friday: 9am-9pm
Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Any questions regarding discounted subscriptions should be directed to the Customer Service Office at 204-956-2792.


Students are not permitted to be on the 4th floor at any time. 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. At the end of their classes they are to make their way to the atrium. 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. Parents are asked to refrain from observing classes on the 2nd floor from the 3rd floor balcony. 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 November for our Fall Parent Observation class. We will be happy to show you everything your children are doing! 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.


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 purely on the structure of the choreography and interpretation by the choreographer. The festival itself takes place in mid May at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre.

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, applications and more information will be available from the School Office on October 15.

A limited number of applications will be accepted. Applications will be taken on a first come first serve basis.