Sep 07 2018 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter



September 9 RD classes begin
September 23 Character and Choreography Composition Classes Begin
September 25 RD Physiotherapy begins
September 26 ExplorAbility Session 1 begins
September 28 ExplorAbility for Parkinson’s Session 1 begins
September 30 Manitoba Dance Day

Dear Parents and Students,

Classes begin the week of September 9!

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: Magdalena McGregor will be joining our Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet program and Liam Caines will be teaching our Boys’ Coaching class. We would also like to welcome back Karyn Maertens, who will be joining our Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet Program and Rachel Cooper, who will be working with our Senior Jazz Dance Ensemble students!

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 2018-19 School Office hours are as follows*:

September 9th -30th, 2018

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00am – 10:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 11:00am -4:30pm

October 1, 2018 – June 2019

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 11:00am -4:30pm

*School Office hours are subject to change without prior 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, 2018.


We are excited to be able to offer 10 week sessions this Fall to students ages 9-18!

Two character classes have been added to the schedule (ages 9-12 and 13-17) for students to experience this exciting dance form commonly seen in traditional classical repertoire. Character classes will be taught by RWB School artistic faculty Kristina Washchyshyn, who has extensive experience in this dance discipline.

Interested in learning how choreography is created? Students ages 13 and up and invited to register for Choreography Composition. Students will learn the fundamentals of creating a dance and have the opportunity to explore their creativity over the 10 week session. RWB School artistic faculty Claire Marshall has worked with the school’s Professional Division and Teacher Training Program in this capacity and is excited to be able to offer this class to our Recreational Division students this season.

All 10 week classes begin September 23rd! Contact the School Office to register.


Great work to all Recreational Division students who performed “Royalty OG” by Eugene Baffoe in this summer’s Ballet In The Park: Danika Burdeniuk, Aliyah Cole, Capri Derenchuk-Ganaden, Bryn Dubberley, Megan Gareau, Delaney Giesbrecht, Carlos Gonzales. Sadie Paquette, Maia Saunders, Lynea Turner, and Tayman 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 Annemiek Mallory! Interested students are encouraged to sign up immediately at the School Office. Classes are assigned as available.


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, September 30! 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 classes for beginners and those with experience for ages 6 and up, adults and parents are welcome and encouraged to participate. Each participant will learn a piece of Hip Hop choreography that will be performed at the end of the afternoon.

The schedule for this event is as follows:
11:30 Registration
12:00 Group Warm up
12:15-2:30 Learning of Choreography
3:00 Performance



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, October 14! 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” (Mounties, mice, party children, angels, polar bears). Dancers between the ages of 12-15 years old must be within the height range of 5’0” and 5’6” (reindeer). 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 17.


The RWB will be holding auditions for their performances of Romeo & Juliet to be presented from February 13-17 at the Centennial Concert Hall. Recreational Division students are invited to attend an audition for the children’s roles within the market scene on Sunday, October 14! Parents can pick up registration forms from the School Office to be filled out in advance of the audition. Dancers between the ages of 8-11 years old must be within the height range of 3’8” to 5’0. 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 17.



Acclaimed choreographer Lila York preserves author Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale’s prophetic spirit and human story, creating a powerful and poignant interpretation of this gripping tale. Choreographer Lila York’s dance drama transports audiences, with thrilling effect, to an oppressive, dystopian world.

As RWB School students you receive a discount to purchase a maximum of 4 tickets at a discounted rate of 25% to each of the Winnipeg productions of the RWB Company. This does not include special performances or guest company shows. You will no longer receive an email with the promo code, instead we will put up a poster on the 2nd floor by the school office that dvertises your promo code two weeks before opening night.


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 visit the following video link:



Recreational Division students are welcome to utilize the RWB’s physiotherapy clinic. The Evening Therapy Clinic will run from September 25 to December 13, 2018 and then January 8 to June 13, 2019 on Tuesdays from 6:00-8:30pm and Thursdays from 6:00-7:30 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.

Initial visit $80
Subsequent visit $65


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.


Do you know in advance that you have to miss a class? Sometimes conflicts happen, or illness strikes and we can’t make it to class. The RWB School is pleased to be able to provide students the option to make up their missed classes. Students are welcome to make up their absence by attending a class of the same or lower level, providing the class they are making up in is not full. New this year – students will only need to fill out 1 make up slip form, which can be picked up from the school office. Students must present the completed make up slip to the teacher upon entering the make up class. A 2nd slip is no longer necessary.

Please be advised that beginning in our 2018-19 School year, the RWB School will no longer be issuing attendance certificates. Students are still encouraged to make up all their missed classes to ensure consistency within their training. The RWB School is pleased to introduce Participation certificates for every student. All registered students will receive a single certificate celebrating their completion of the 2018-19 School year.


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 Katie Bonnell, Philippe Larouche, and Yayoi Ban. The following students participated in the two week intensive: Casey Anderson, Morley Anderson, Nui-Marko Annamuradov, Grace Bell, Violet Bell, Cadyn Boss, Danika Burdeniuk, Madison Burnell, Sophia Burnell, Avery Carter, Nya Chapman, Kalsea Codilan, Oona Cooper, Kennedy Didkowski, Avery Dudych, Caitlin Fast, Katherine Foster, Natalie Foster, Zoe Gagnon, Anneliese Gasmen, Ashley Karlowsky, Ezekeil Lemoine, Mohini Machiraju, Emily Marshall, Dailia Martin, Bethany Mary, Kalli Molina, Katherine Robinson, Kiara Sahasrabuddhe, Weldon Scott, Charlotte Smith, Dakota Traverse, Shayla Trippier, and Irina Znamirowski.

The following students participated in our Professional Division Summer Session in July 2018: Charlie Buehler, Mia Fontaine, Delaney Giesbrecht, Dakota Harms, Naomi Jenkins, Isaac Lavitt, Adrian Ramirez, Aiden Robins, and Sarah Sanchez.

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 5-18, 2018!

Artistic Faculty Laura Kolisnyk and student Delaney Giesbrecht graced the stage this summer in Rainbow Stage’s Production of Beauty and the Beast. Congratulation to both on a successful run of the show!


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 December 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.