Sep 08 2017 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter


September 10: RD classes begin
September 24: RWB Company Nutcracker Auditions
September 26: RD Physiotherapy begins
September 27: ExplorAbility Session 1 begins
September 27-Oct 1: RWB Company presents Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & The Goblin
October 1: Manitoba Dance Day

Dear Parents and Students, Classes begin the week of September 10! We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new students, and welcome back all our returning students - we can’t wait for you to join us in the studio for another amazing year of dance! If you have any questions as our year begins, please approach your teacher or the School Office for answers as everyone here is happy to help.

Over the next month, teachers will be assessing all of our students to ensure that they are placed correctly. Should a change in class placement be necessary, the teacher will inform the parent. Also, please remember that all students are required to attend their classes in the dress code that is posted on our website and at the School Office.

Join us in welcoming the following new staff members: Lianne Kondziela will be joining our Tap faculty; and Philippe Larouche and Philippe Alexander Jacques will be setting choreography on our Senior Dance Ensemble students. We would also like to welcome back Claire Marshall from maternity/parental leave!

Please be aware that all class changes and withdrawals must be submitted in writing to the School Office by October 1 in order to be eligible for partial refund.

Here’s to a great year of dance!

The 2017-18 School Office hours are as follows*:
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-10:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am-4:30pm
*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 all students to register for 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 also recommend that any student who aspires to dance on pointe in the future, register in two ballet classes per week.

Students may add additional classes to their schedule up until October 1, 2017.


Great work to all Recreational Division students who performed “Grease” by Nicole Kepp in this summer’s Ballet In The Park: Kennedy Didkowski, Avery Dudych, Esme Frank, Annaliese Gasman, Dakota Harms, Emily Marshall, Riley Peterson, Niki Powell, Ava Skromeda, Charlotte Smith and Lyneah Turner.


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 Magdalena McGregor! 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 21-30 at the Centennial Concert Hall. Recreational Division students are invited to attend an audition for the roles of Mounties, mice, party children, angels, reindeer and polar bears on Sunday, September 24! Parents can pick up registration forms from the School Office to be filled out in advance of the audition. Dancers between the ages of 7-12 years old must be within the height range of 3’8” and 4’10”. Dancers between the ages of 13-15 years old must be within the height range of 5’0” and 5’6”. 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 11.


11:15-12:00 Registration for 7 & 8 year olds
12:00-1:15 Audition for 7 & 8 year olds
12:30-1:30 Registration for 9-12 year olds
1:30-2:45 Audition for 9-12 year olds
2:30-3:00 Registration for 13-15 year olds
3:00-3:30 Audition for 13 -15 year olds


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! To help you learn how to create a classical bun, please click here to view our tutorial.


We are excited to announce that once again the RWB is partnering with Dance Manitoba and Rainbow Stage to present Manitoba Dance Day on Sunday, October 1! As a part of Culture days, this event will take place at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet building, and will be a fun afternoon of dance for all ages. There will be beginner, intermediate, and advanced level classes where each participant will learn a piece of Theatre Jazz style choreography that will be performed at the end of the afternoon.

The schedule for this event is as follows:
1:30 Registration
1:45 Group Warm up
2:00-3:15 Learning of Choreography
3:30 Performance


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.


Recreational Division students are welcome to utilize the RWB’s physiotherapy clinic. The Evening Therapy Clinic will run from September 26 to December 14, 2017 and then January 9 to June 14, 2018 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.

Initial visit: $80
Subsequent visit: $65


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

Our Recreational Division Dance Intensive in August provided students the opportunity to learn from our amazing guest faculty Kira Hoffman, former dancer with Stuttgart Ballet, and Josh Assor, from Broadway Dance Centre. The following students participated in the two week intensive: Madison Burnell, Sophia Burnell, Oona Cooper, Ame-Raeya Crouch, Avery Dudych, Katherine Foster, Natalie Foster, Anneliese Gasmen, Delaney Giesbrecht, Naomi Jenkins, Bourke Karras, Mohini Machiraju, Julia Mainprize, Emily Marshall, Dalia Martin, Natalie Martin, Daria McKennitt, Charlotte Smith, Dakota Traverse, Shayla Trippier, Maryn Woo, and Irina Znamirowski.

The following students participated in our Professional Division Summer Session in July 2017: Morley Anderson, Oliver Bastin, Alexa Bresler, Enrique Cruz, Marfa Fedorova, Oscar Lavitt, Naomi Nathanson, Zoe Gagnon, Dakota Harms, Niki Powell, Aiden Robins, and Joshua Sinclair.

Intensive Training program student, Megan Gareau had the exciting opportunity to train for 4 weeks in Denver, Colorado at the Colorado Ballet Academy Summer School.

Congratulations to all of our students who danced and participated in the many Folklorama pavilions around the city August 6-19, 2017!


The RWB School was pleased to partner with the Canada Summer Games this summer. Our students had the exclusive opportunity to participate in all medal ceremonies as tray bearers. Many students and staff from the RWB School also participated in the opening and closing ceremonies of the games. It was an exciting two weeks not only for the athletes, but for our dancers as well.


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.

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.

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!

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.