Sep 30 2014 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter

Important Calendar Reminders

October 1 - Deadline for withdrawals and class changes
October 1-5 - RWB Company’s Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation
October 7 - First day of ExplorAbility Session #1
October 8 - Deadline to register for Triple Threat Dance Convention
October 9 - Professional Division 2014/15 International Audition Tour Winnipeg date + Billy Elliot Audition
October 13 - Thanksgiving (RD classes cancelled)
October 15 - Deadline to pick up photos and DVDs from 2013-2014 recitals
October 31 - Hallowe’en (RD classes running as usual)

Triple Threat Dance Convention

The RWB School Recreational Division will be attending Triple Threat Dance Convention on November 8 & 9. 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. All Tap Dance Ensemble students are encouraged to participate at this convention, however attendance is optional. Students in Level 3 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 - RWB School Jazz & Tap Level 3 -4: $ 216
Intermediate - RWB School Jazz & Tap Level 5A-7: $ 237
Senior - RWB School Jazz & Tap Level 8: $ 237

The deadline to register for Triple Threat through our RWB School Office is Wednesday, October 8th.

Satellite Programs

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 Stacha Penner), Gimli (taught by Lisa Brooks), St.Malo (taught by Lisa Brooks) and Eriksdale (taught by Samantha Hrabi and Alie Wagar). 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.

Hallowe’en at the RWB School

This year, Hallowe’en falls on a Friday. 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 be allowed in class.

Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation

RWB will open its 2014/15 season with the world premiere of Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation. The ballet, choreographed by Mark Godden, explores the world of Annie, a young urban First Nations woman adrift in a contemporary life of youthful excess. But, when she meets Gordon, a longhaired trickster disguised as a homeless man, she’s propelled into a world she’s always sensed but never seen. Not only do they travel the streets of this place, but also the roads of their ancestors; learning to accept the other’s burdens as the two walk through the past and toward the future. Together, both Annie and Gordon learn that without truth, there is no reconciliation. Please note, the ballet contains mature content.

We invite you to join us before the show to view a display of artifacts from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, as well as the Legacy of Hope Foundation’s 100 Years of Loss exhibit. The Centennial Concert Hall doors will open at 6:00 pm.

For more information on Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation click here. Student and Guest Prices for Going Home Star are now available:

Students are eligible to purchase a $25 RWB Child Price Ticket and 1 additional ticket @ 50% off in Section B* for the following performances:

Thu October 02 2014
7:30PM Centennial Concert Hall

Fri October 03 2014
7:30PM at the Centennial Concert Hall

Sat October 04 2014
7:30PM at the Centennial Concert Hall

Sun October 05 2014
2:00PM Centennial Concert Hall

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets and use the Promo Code: Student75 (case sensitive) for your online discount.

For instructions on how to order tickets online please CLICK HERE.

*Fees and taxes not included. Discount is taken off standard adult ticket pricing. Discount tickets are available in Section B only and are NOT exchangeable once the tickets have been processed.


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. 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 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 from November 16th - 22nd for our Fall Parent Observation classes. 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.

2013/14 Performance DVDs and Photos

Celebrate last year’s incredible performances! Photos and DVDs are available for pick up at the School Office for those who ordered in the spring. The last day to pick up Photos and DVDs will be October 15, 2014. The RWB School will not be responsible for these items after this date.

Building Hours

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Building hours for the 2014/15 School Year are as follows:

Monday- Friday: 7:30 am-10:30 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am-6:30 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am-5:30 pm

The School Office hours are as follows:

Monday-Friday: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am-6:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am-4:30 pm.

The Box Office hours are as follows:

Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Please note, the RWB School is kindly requesting parents of students ensure they are picked up promptly as soon as they have finished their classes.


RWB School Recreational Division students are welcome to utilize the RWB’s physiotherapy clinic. The Evening Therapy Clinic will be run by physiotherapists Sam Steinfeld and Laurie Urban from Sept. 23 to Dec. 11, 2014 and Jan. 6 to May 14, 2015 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The RWB School will look after scheduling, billing and payment at the School Office.

The therapist will not provide treatment in the evening without receiving proof of payment via printed receipt from the School office for the date of treatment. The therapist will sign the receipt as proof of treatment having been provided that day and give the signed copy to the student being treated.

Physio fees July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015:

Initial Assessment = $70.00
Subsequent Visit = $57.00

Students will be charged for taping or supplies as follows in addition to their treatment fee:


Arch/toe - $10.00
Ankle - $15.00
Calf/Achilles - $20.00
Knee - $18.00
Patella - $8.00
Wrist - $12.00

Tensor bandages and theraband will be billed depending on the size of the tensor ($1.00 per inch width) or length of theraband ($1.50 per foot) supplied.

Student and Teacher Accomplishments

The RWB School Recreational Division would like to offer congratulations to students and teachers who achieved various accomplishments over the summer months.

Student Helena McFeetors travelled all the way to Denmark to attend a six week summer program at the Royal Danish Ballet.

Here at home, several of our students were involved in Folklarama. Congratulations Anna Lamontagne Badiou, Ronan Sheikh, Scott Bergen, Megan Fry, Emma Welham, and Laura Phrakonkham for your hard work!

The RWB School Recreational Division had several students and teachers participate in Winnipeg Fringe Festival performances. Juliette Schroeder-Suss played Alice in the play “In Wonderland”, while Megan Fry, Alenna Mark, Chase Winnicky and Genevieve Greene performed in “Quo Vadis”. Teacher Claire Marshall performed in “All You Can Eat/The Top?”, teacher Cheyenne Schroeder participated in the festival as the Chorus Director/Choreographer for “Quo Vadis”, while teacher Laura Kolisnyk performed in “Lies of a promiscuous woman”.

It was a busy summer for Claire Marshall, who also spent some time abroad this summer, touring in China with Gearshifting Performance Works, performing “Hybrid Human” part of an art exhibition at Xi’an Art Museum.

Teacher Denise Belzile travelled to New Brunswick to teach a summer intensive, while teacher Rachel Cooper had the exciting opportunity to attend the 82nd Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, America’s longest running dance festival located in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. Each year, thousands of people from around the globe experience the Festival, which incorporates more than 50 dance companies and 200 free performances, talks and events. Jacob’s Pillow is also home to one of the most prestigious professional dance training centres in the United States. Ms. Cooper also had the opportunity to take classes at Broadway Dance Centre in New York City, New York.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights Grand Opening

The RWB Recreational Division is extremely proud of our students who took part in the historic Grand Opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Many students participated in the televised grand opening for the Human Rights Museum on September 19. Congratulations to all who took part in this exciting event!

New Classes!

Three new classes have been added to the 2014/15 Recreational Division Schedule. Creative Movement 1 (4yrs) and Creative Movement 2 (5yrs) have been added on Sundays, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and 12:35 to 1:35 pm, respectively. Both classes will be taught by Alie Wagar and will perform in Spring Concert in May. An additional Adult Beginner Ballet class has been added on Mondays from 8:45 to 9:45 pm. The class is taught by Denise Belzile and will perform in Steppin’ Out, the Adult Program showcase in March.

Registration for these classes will be taken until October 31st

Jets Games Parking

NHL season is upon us once again. If you are parking in the RWB parkade, If you are parking in the RWB parkade during Jets games, RWB patrons and staff should identify themselves as such. The attendant will charge the driver $4 (cash). At the end of the evening, the gate is left open and all are free to exit.