Aug 31 2016 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter


September 8 - 10: Pointe shoe sale for students enrolled in pointe classes
September 11: RD classes begin
September 20: RD Physiotherapy begins
October 2: Dance Downtown hosts Manitoba Dance Day
October 2: RWB Company Nutcracker Auditions
October 5: ExplorAbility Session 1 begins

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 or at the School Office.

Join us in welcoming the following new staff members! Alenna Mark, a former RD student, will be joining our Musical Theatre faculty; Olivia Sarmiento will be teaching Hip-Hop; Marilee Shroeder, an RWB TTP Grad, will be teaching Creative Movement and Ballet; and Gabriela Rehak will be instructing Modern classes. We would also like to welcome back Kelly Bale from maternity leave!

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!

The 2016-17 School Office hours are as follows*:
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-10:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Sunday: 11:30am-4:00pm
*Hours are subject to change without notice


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, 2016.


Great work to all students who participated in Ballet In The Park! Recreational Division students Madison Bassett, Jax Correia, Bryn Dubberley, Delaney Giesbrecht, Gabriella Janus, Ania Kolodziej, Serena Paley, Sadie Paquette, Niki Powell, Ella Rempel, Zuri Smelsky-Rémillard, Shayla Trippier, and Lynea Turner performed “L.O.V.E” choreographed by Nicole Kepp.

RWB School Recreational Division students at Ballet In The Park; Photo Credit Aleli Estrada


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 recipients Kaelin Antonishin and Mia McFeetors! 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 22 – 31 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 2nd! 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 7-13 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. Registration forms will be available at the School Office beginning on Monday, September 12th.


8:15-9:00 am - Registration for 7-8 year olds
9:00-10:15 AM - Audition 7-8 year olds
9:30-10:30 AM - Registration for 9-13 year olds
10:30-12:00 PM - Audition 9-12 year olds

Please note the following Nutcracker Performance Dates:

Thursday, December 22, 7:00pm
Friday, December 23, 1:00pm & 7:00pm
Saturday, December 24, 1:00pm
Monday, December 26, 4:00pm
Wednesday, December 28, 7:00pm
Saturday, December 29, 7:00pm
Sunday, December 30, 1:00pm & 7:00pm
Monday, December 31, 1:00pm

RWB School Recreational Division students in Nutcracker; Photo Credit Réjean Brandt


You may have noticed that in our Recreational Division dress code, we require female students to wear their hair in a classical bun for many of our classes. This hairstyle may seem complicated, but with practice can be done very efficiently!

Get some inspiration by watching this video:


We are excited to announce that Dance Downtown will be hosting Manitoba Dance Day, along with Dance Manitoba and Rainbow Stage, on Sunday, October 2nd, 2016! This event will take place at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet building, and will without a doubt be a fun afternoon of dance for all ages. There will be beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, and each participant will learn a piece of choreography that will be performed at the end of the afternoon.

The schedule for this event is as follows:

12:00-12:30 Registration
12:30-2:30 Learning of Choreography
2:30-3:00 Break
3:00 Performance
Please click here for more information!


Students who are registered for a total of seven or more classes per week may request a permanent locker in the change rooms. Two students may combine their classes (to reach the total of seven classes per week) in order to acquire a shared locker. Locker requests may be made at the School Office, and allocation is based on a first-come-first-serve basis. Students must sign a locker contract at the School Office before placing their items in a locker.

Students registered for fewer than seven classes per week may use the smaller lockers on a temporary basis. Locks and contents must be removed at the end of each evening. You will notice that areas are designated for certain age groups in the ladies change room.

Please remember that lockers are to be kept clean. No writing or stickers will be permitted on lockers. Absolutely NO FOOD should be kept in the lockers. Regular locker checks will be conducted.


RWB School Recreational Division students are welcome to utilize the RWB’s physiotherapy clinic. The Evening Therapy Clinic will run from September 20 to December 15, 2016 and then January 3 to June 1, 2017 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 provided and will then give the signed copy to the student who was treated.

Physio Fees for the 2016 – 2017 RD Season
Initial Assessment = $78.00
Subsequent Visit = $63.00

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


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 2016-17 schedule is:

Tuesdays 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursdays 4:00 pm -8:00 pm
Saturdays 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 - $50
45-minute appointment - $60
60-minute appointment - $70
90-minute appointment - $100
Missed appointment/less than 24-hr cancellation - $35


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 include:

Rachael Buchwald
Cecchetti National Summer Conference, Winnipeg, MB

Megan Gareau
Arts Umbrella Summer Dance Intensive, Vancouver, BC

Magdalena McGregor
Cecchetti National Summer Conference, Winnipeg, MB
Academia de Jerez Flamenco Summer Course, Jerez, Spain

Daria McKennitt
Cecchetti National Summer Conference, Winnipeg, MB
RWB School Dance Intensive Summer Camp

Imani Smelski-Rémillard
North American Irish Dance Championships, Orlando Florida
Goggin-Carroll School of Irish Dance, Oakville, Ontario

Shayla Trippier
Cecchetti National Summer Conference, Winnipeg, MB

Katie Welham
Cecchetti National Summer Conference, Winnipeg, MB

Maryn Woo
Cecchetti National Summer Conference, Winnipeg, MB
RWB School Dance Intensive Summer Camp

Irina Znamirowski
Cecchetti National Summer Conference, Winnipeg, MB
RWB School Dance Intensive Summer Camp

The following students participated in our Professional Division Summer Session in July 2016: Kalsea Codilan, Bryn Dubberley, Zoe Gagnon, Dakota Harms, Niki Powell, and Joshua Sinclair.

The following students participated in our Recreational Division Dance Intensive in August: Morley Anderson, Madison Burnell, Sophia Burnell, Anabel Copp, Anneliese Gasmen, Ashley Karlowsky, Bourke Karras, Amy Kersey, Julia Mainprize, Daria McKennitt, Sarah Petriw, Taylor Simpson, Adara Siwak, Maryn Woo, and Irina Znamirowski.

Many of our RD teaching faculty had the opportunity to participate in the Cecchetti National Summer Conference, held at the RWB, this summer. Kelly Bale, Katrin Benedictson, Lisa Brooks, Nicole Kepp, Karyn Maertens, Rachelle Vermette, and Kristina Washchyshyn were able to take and observe classes taught by Diane Van Schoor and Jane Wooding. As well, Kristina Washchyshyn taught a character class and Jacqui Ladwig gave a lecture on Motor Control and Learning in Dance during this conference.

RD students Danika Burdeniuk and Delaney Giesbrecht performed in Rainbow Stage’s production of Shrek the Musical! Congratulations to these ladies on this fantastic achievement!


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.