Sep 08 2015 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter


September 13: RD classes begin
September 20: Billy Elliot Auditions (Ballet Girls Ensemble)
September 22: RD Physiotherapy begins
September 27: Dance Downtown Plus
September 30: ExplorAbility Session 1 begins
September 30 – October 2: RWB’s Giselle
October 3: Explorability for Youth Session 1 begins
October 4 : RWB’s Nutcracker Auditions

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to another exciting year of dance! We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of our new students to the school. If you have any questions, please don’t be shy and approach your teacher or the School Office for answers. Over the next month, we will be assessing ALL students in every class to ensure that they are placed correctly. Should a change in class placement be necessary, the teacher will inform the parent. All students are required to attend their classes in the dress code that is outlined on our website and available at the School Office.

Join me in welcoming the following new staff members! Scott Andrew, Alex Schade and Stacha Penner will be teaching Creative Movement and Ballet, while Sharlyne Santos will be teaching Hip Hop and Tanja Woloshen teaching modern. Karyn Maertens and Victoria Ward are students within our Teacher Training Program and will be teaching classes in Ballet, Jazz, and Tap! Please be aware that all class changes and withdrawals must be submitted by October 1st in order to be eligible for partial refund. All changes must be made in writing and submitted to the School Office by October 1st.

Here’s to a great year of dance!


These days, it is so important that dancers be as well rounded as possible. The expectations in dance for those who want to seriously pursue the art form have risen far above what they have been in the past. New styles of dance have emerged and dancers are expected to be able to adapt quickly. Therefore, we strongly encourage your child to register in more than one class.

Students who are interested in pursuing ballet examinations in Level 1 and up must be registered in a minimum of two classes of the same level and discipline per week, with a strong recommendation of three classes per week. We recommend that any student who aspires to dance on pointe in the future, register in two ballet classes per week.

All dance forms inform one another and we strongly encourage that students receive the most well rounded training possible. Students may add additional classes to their schedule up until October 1, 2015.


Great work to all students who participated in Ballet In The Park! Recreational Division students Grace Bell, Gracie Bernat, Kennedy Didkowsky, Bryn Dubberley, Esmé Franck, Zoe Gagnon, Delaney Giesbrecht, Morgan Harms, Tina Ma, Inez Mayberry, Ella Rempel, Charlotte Smith, Kiara Sahasrabuddhe, Hannah Trickett, Kierra Wilfer and Elisha Woo performed “Waltz of the Hours” choreographed by Kelly Bale and staged by Katrin Benedictson.


This highly successful program allows students 14 years of age and older the opportunity to work with teaching staff, exploring the techniques and practices of teaching dance. All Recreational Division students who participate in the Teaching Assistant Program will be considered for the Teaching Assistant Achievement Award. This monetary award is presented at the end of the school year at Dance Spectrum. Congratulations to last year’s recipient Adrienne Ramos! Interested students are encouraged to sign up immediately at the School Office. Classes are assigned as available.


The RWB will be holding auditions for their annual Nutcracker performances to be presented from December 19 – 28 at the Centennial Concert Hall. Recreational Division students are invited to attend an audition for the roles of Mounties, mice, party children, angels and polar bears on Sunday, October 4th! Parents can pick up registration forms from the RWB School Office to be filled out in advance of the audition. Dancers must be between the ages of 7-12 years old and be within the height range of 3’8” and 4’10”. All participants are asked to submit a headshot with their audition registration (school photos will be accepted). Registration forms, student measurements and headshots will be accepted during registration on the day of the audition date only.


11:00 AM - Registration for 7-8 year olds
12:00-1:15 PM - Audition 7-8 year olds
12:30 PM - Registration for 9-12 year olds
1:30-3:00 PM - Audition 9-12 year olds


Learn how to create the perfect classical bun! Please pick up a Supply List at the School Office! Saturday, September 26, 2015

Time: 1:30 pm

Get some inspiration before the workshop by watching this bun making video!


Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is pleased to present Dance Downtown Plus on Sunday September 27, a free, public open house being held as part of the national Culture Days 2015 weekend.

Activities featuring free half hour introductory classes in Ballet, Creative Movement, Hip Hop, Singing and Acting will all take place between 1:00-4:00pm. Creative movement classes are open to children ages 3-8 years and all other classes are for ages 8 through adult. Additional activities and displays include instrument displays from the WSO, Art stations lead by Art City, costume displays from the RWB and more, including Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers, Rainbow Stage, and Manitoba Opera!

Children between the ages of 3-8 years are invited to participate in a tour where a ballerina will lead students to and from the different activities. This program will begin at 1:00 pm.

Street and lot parking are available in the immediate area, and regular Sunday bus service will stop directly at the event. Click here for more information.

Regular Recreational Division Sunday classes will be held.


RWB School Recreational Division students are welcome to utilize the RWB’s physiotherapy clinic. The Evening Therapy Clinic will run from September 22 to December 10, 2015 and then January 5 to June 2, 2016 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 7:30 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 provided and will then give the signed copy to the student who was treated.

Physio fees July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016:
Initial Assessment = $75.00
Subsequent Visit = $60.00

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.


Massage therapy is available on site at the 3rd floor physiotherapy department of the RWB building, and is provided by Leanne Lawrie, R.M.T. The schedule for massage therapy is set by the massage therapist and is posted on the bulletin board outside of the physiotherapy department. The 2015-16 schedule is Thursdays 4:00-8:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am-3:00 pm.

Students may book massage appointments by signing up on the schedule outside the physiotherapy department. Appointments are available to all RWB staff, Professional Division students and Recreational Division students only. Any cancellations must be made with at least 24-hours notice by calling 204.807.0264. Please note that there will be a fee for any missed appointments or cancellations of less than 24-hours notice.

Payment should be made directly to the massage therapist at the time of the appointment. The massage therapist will provide students with a receipt that they may then use to claim health benefits to which they may be entitled.

30-minute appointment - $45
60-minute appointment - $65
Missed appointment/less than 24-hr cancellation - $30


All students registered in a RWB School Dance Ensemble or Intensive Training Program will be required to attend a 15-minute measurement appointment with School Wardrobe Coordinator, Angela Vaags. Students will all be emailed instructions for how to book their appointments at the beginning of September. All appointments will be scheduled the weeks of September 23 – 26, and September 29 – October 2.


Based on the 2000 film of the same name, BILLY ELLIOT is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle to overcome adversity and make his dream of becoming a professional dancer come true, despite conflicting views from his family and community. Since its debut in London’s West End in 2005, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL has gone on to win multiple awards and dazzle audiences across the globe.

The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre is pleased to be partnering with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. The BALLET GIRLS ENSEMBLE will be cast exclusively from the RWB School Recreational Division 2015/16 student base, and auditions will be held at the RWB on September 20, 2015. The RMTC production of BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL runs January 12 – February 6, 2016.

The RMTC welcomes all young ladies of any ethnicity that meet the audition requirements listed below:

THE BALLET GIRLS ENSEMBLE will be comprised of two groups of seven girls each (to alternate each performance). Girls auditioning will take part in a group dance call, ballet followed by tap, then may be asked to sing and read from the script. Material from the show will be available after Sept. 8th at

HEIGHT RANGE: Maximum height 5’2”
MINIMUM ACTUAL AGE: 10 years old as of October 1, 2015
APPEARANCE AGE RANGE: Girls should appear to be between the ages of 9 – 12 years old
BALLET TRAINING: Minimum 3 years
TAP TRAINING: Minimum 3 years, but prefer more advanced tappers
SINGING: It is advantageous to have some experience singing in a choir/group or solo. You may be asked to sing in small groups or individually
OTHER TRAINING: Please provide a list of any other training or skills including but not limited to:
- other dance genres
- gymnastics
- acrobatics
- acting

Audition Date: Sunday, September 20th
Location: RWB School
Audition Registration: 11:30 AM
Audition: 12:30 PM

Audition registration forms can be picked up from the RWB School Office the week prior to the auditions. All interested participants must submit completed registration forms, a resume and headshot (school photo will suffice) during registration the morning of the audition.


RD Faculty Member Marijka Stanowych Receives Winnipeg Arts Council Grant

RD Faculty Member Marijka Stanowych had the opportunity to attend the 2015 Cecchetti Teachers Summer School in Edmonton from July 26-31. In support of this endeavour, Ms. Stanowych received a Travel and Professional Development Grant from the Winnipeg Arts Council. This grant assists professional artists in their continued development, and specifically to Ms. Stanowych as she continues to pursue further accreditation through the Cecchetti Society of Canada. Ms. Stanowych is grateful to the Winnipeg Arts Council for their support, and we congratulate Ms. Stanowych on being awarded this grant!

RD Student Niki Powell Organizes Fundraiser for the Malala Fund

Inspired by human rights activist and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and her own mother`s travels and experiences, RD Student Niki Powell organized a dance-a-thon fundraiser to contribute to the Malala Fund. The Malala Fund “empowers girls through quality secondary education to achieve their potential and inspire positive change in their communities”. Held this past May, Niki raised $2157.15 to support this cause. The RWB School is proud of Niki`s hard work and initiative. Congratulations, Niki!

RD Students participate in Summer Dance Intensives

Over the summer, many of our Recreational Division students had the opportunity to attend dance programs within Winnipeg, across Canada, and internationally! These students are:

Meghan Carnegie - Victoria Academy of Ballet
Megan Gareau - The School of Alberta Ballet, Calgary, AB
Vanessa Hrynchuk - The Ailey School, New York, NY
Lia Loewen - The Ailey School, New York, NY
Imani Smelsky-Remillard - Irish Dance Workshop, Oakville, ON
Maryn Woo - The School of Alberta Ballet, Calgary, AB

The following students participated in our Professional Division Summer Session in July: Danika Burdeniuk, Delaney Giesbrecht, Connor Grant-Canseco, Morgan Harms, Alexander Luke, Hannah Trickett, Shayla Trippier, Elisha Woo and Jehui Yoon.

The following students participated in our Recreational Division Dance Intensive in August: Alexa Bresler, Madison Burnell, Sophia Burnell, Kennedy Didkowski, Bryn Dubberley, Sophie Elliott-Boothe, Katriel Fehr, Anneliese Gasmen, Dakota Harms, Bourke Karras, Nikayla Little, Angelica Malo, Tamara Nelson, Sarah Petriw, Niki Powell, Logan Quatember, Zoe Reider, Sarah Shing, Kassandra Simeonidis, Alexis Taylor, Maryn Woo, Frances Woodman and Irina Znamirowski


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 back 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 if time permits.

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.