Sep 11 2020 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter


Welcome to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School! As we enter our 81st season, we are hopeful about the year ahead; our 80th season did not end the way we had planned, and we are looking forward to continuing some of our celebrations into this upcoming season. We are excited to announce that we will be performing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, originally slated for the 80th season, at Dance Spectrum 2021! The Recreational Division provides students of all ages the opportunity to learn and explore different dance disciplines from instructors who are leaders within the dance community and at the top of their careers, while our unique relationship with the RWB Company allows all our students the opportunity to thrive in a creative environment. We are proud to provide our students with a solid technical and artistic foundation through consistent education.

As we navigate the challenges that will come with this upcoming season, we want to assure you that the health and safety of our students and their families is our highest priority. Below, you will find information regarding our plans, procedures, and policies that will allow our students to continue their training in the safest possible manner. Please ensure that you read though this newsletter in its entirety, so you do not miss any new and vital information. We look forward to celebrating our 81st season with you.


Over the summer we had to say goodbye to our long-time RD Registrar, Isabella Czyrnj, as she left the province to pursue her PhD at the University of Toronto. We will miss her and her many contributions to our school and entire organization.

We are excited, however, to introduce you to Jessica Jamieson, our new RD Registrar. Jessica has an extensive background in dance and taught and managed school offices throughout the city. Jessica can be reached by contacting our school office at 204-957-3467 or by email at; she will be your go-to person for all questions pertaining to our school. Welcome, Jessica!


  • Masks are required in all common areas of the RWB building.
  • Students and teachers must wash their hand with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after class.
  • Students will be physically distanced 2M from one another while in our studios. We have marked the floors of our studios to ensure this is clear and easy to follow.
  • Students and teachers will be required to practice physical distancing measures while in the building and studios.
  • No access to changerooms or lockers; students are to arrive dressed for class.
  • Limit the number of personal belongings to be brought into the building.
  • We will be limiting access to parents and visitors in the building.
  • Studios will be cleaned and sanitized frequently and between groups.
  • All students, parents, staff, and guests are required to wear facemasks in our common areas.
  • We recommend that all students in academic grades 4 (RWB Level 2) and higher wear a mask in the studio while dancing.
  • Teachers are required to wear masks while teaching.
  • One-way traffic pathways have been established between the main floor and the atrium.
Please ensure you review our full re-entry plan document emailed to all students/families and watch this short video outlining our protocols


To reduce the number of people in our building, our doors will remain locked. To gain access to our building, students, parents, and staff will be given access cards. Individuals will present their access card to a member of our reception team through the window in the vestibule of the south building entrance (drive through) and they will be buzzed in. It will be important to ensure you have your access card with you when wishing to enter our building so our staff can identify you and/or your child easily.

Please watch for an email from our school office regarding how Access Cards will be distributed.

For students registered for RWB Level 1 and lower (approximately ages 3-8 years old) can be accompanied in the building and to their classroom by 1 adult chaperone. At this time, we are limiting access to 1 adult per family, and ask that siblings remain at home; babes in arms will be permitted.


Students in RWB Level 2 and higher are asked to enter the building without an adult chaperone.

For the first few weeks of classes, RWB representatives will be meeting students in RWB levels 2-4 on the main floor upon entry to the building to show them how to find their classroom. Following the completion of their class, students will be led to the Graham Avenue doors for pick up. Parents/Guardians are required to be waiting outside the Graham avenue doors within 5 min of the completion of their child’s class.


Students in RWB Level 5A and higher are asked to enter the building without an adult chaperone.

Students in RWB Levels 4 and lower can be accompanied in the building and to their classroom by 1 adult chaperone. As space is limited in our waiting area, we ask that whenever possible chaperones exit the building and return for the conclusion of their child’s class. At this time, we are limiting access to 1 adult per family, and ask that siblings remain at home; babes in arms will be permitted.


Studio allocations for all classes have now been confirmed and you can find them on our website. Students should refer to their Registration Summary (receipt) to confirm their registered classes and their respective codes.


To help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep the RWB School a safe environment for our students, staff, and families, individuals who are experiencing symptoms of illness (even mild symptoms) are not permitted in our building. While it may be the case that you are not well enough to dance with us in the studios, you or your child may still wish to participate in or audit your/their regular class. For the 2020-21 season, all our studios have been outfitted with technology to allow for distance learning; this means that you and/or your child will not miss valuable instruction. We will be sending out links for all classes so that students will have access to their classes even if they are unable to attend in person. Here are the steps to take if you or your child are unwell and will be taking class from home:

  1. Call the RWB School Office at 204-957-3467 to let us know that you or your child will not be attending class.
  2. If you/your child are feeling well enough to participate in the class from home, please let our School Office staff know so they can let your teacher know to expect you/your child to be learning online.
  3. Follow the links and prompts that we will be sending out prior to the beginning of classes approximately 5 minutes before the class start time and ensure that you have read our distance learning instructions and etiquette reminders (attached to the email).
  4. Enjoy your dance class, from the comfort and safety of your home!

***Please note that we will not be permitting students to make up missed classes during the 2020-21 season***


During the 2020-21 season, we will be enforcing various protocols for building entry (as explained above) for students based on their age. To ensure the safety of our students, we ask that you please contact the School Office by telephone 204-957-3467or by email if your child will be absent from class.


From August 10 – 21, 2020, we were excited to host Dance Intensive 2020 at the RWB studios! DI20 looked a bit different than in past years due to physical distancing and travel restrictions, however our students still had the opportunity to learn, improve, and have fun! Students had the opportunity to learn from RWB School RD Principal Nicole Kepp and Vice-Principal Katrin Benedictson, along with RWB School PD Faculty member Alexander Gamayunov and RWB Company members Stephan Azulay, Yayoi Ban, Katie Bonnell, Liam Caines, Jaimi Deleau, Alana McAdie, and Yosuke Mino. We hosted students from Manitoba in-studio, and as well welcomed students from across Canada and the United States via distance learning. All students participated in daily conditioning and ballet classes, along with pointe/pre-pointe and variations on alternating days. In-person students also participated in contemporary, character, flamenco, and jazz classes. Congratulations to Casey Anderson, Morley Anderson, Madeleine Baldwin, Violet Bell, Grace Bell, Remy Cheung, Oona Cooper, Emerald Cowan, Ame-Raeya Crouch, Natalie Dyck, Caitlyn Fast, Kayla Fehr, Sarah Froese, Megan Gareau, Anneliese Gasmen, Ezekeil Lemoine, Julia Mainprize, Dailia Martin, Nora Neufeld, Brooke Palace, Lina Ratana, Katherine Robinson, Isla Schneider, Charlotte Smith, Shayla Trippier, Clara Vinluan, and Irina Znamirowski for participating in DI20!


Please welcome new teacher Elizabeth Hendricks (Hip Hop)! Elizabeth is currently in her first year of the RWB School Professional Division Teacher Training Program and has trained for many years at the RWB School in our Intensive Training Program and Dance Ensembles. Welcome back to Sharlyne Santos who is returning to deliver Hip hop classes.


We are always eager to know of any student accomplishments in the dance world outside of the RWB! Please email to share any accomplishments that you would like to share with us and the rest of the RWB student body in the monthly newsletter!