Teacher Training Program
The Teacher Training Program is a full-time, three-year, post-secondary program that provides aspiring dance teachers with the skills and knowledge required for a career in dance education in both recreational and professional environments.
The University of Winnipeg recognizes courses and awards up to 18 credit hours towards a B.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts); B.Ed. (Bachelor of Education), and Kinesiology and Applied Health degree to students of the program.
The Program boasts an impressive 100% employment success rate after graduation. Student teachers receive ballet, pointe, character, and modern dance instruction from the artistic faculty of the RWB School, and may be prepared for examinations in the Cecchetti Method. The Program provides Cecchetti syllabus classes and a specially designed curriculum with courses in creative movement, pre-ballet, pedagogy (ballet, jazz, and modern), Pilates, choreography, dance history, and music, as well as nutrition, performance enhancement, and anatomy classes. A number of other valuable opportunities are available to students of the Program, including sharing an open rapport and training environment with the world-renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company. Student teachers many regularly observe Company classes and rehearsals and are frequently engaged to support casting of students in the Company’s full-length classical ballet productions. .
Teacher Training Program Director
Program Director Johanne Gingras was instrumental in developing the Teacher Training Program curriculum, and was named Director of the program in 1997. Ms. Gingras has taught various levels in the RWB School Professional Division for more than 25 years, as well as works closely with Teacher Training Program students. She also teaches ballet, pointe, character, repertoire and choreographs and rehearses students for performances in the PD. Ms. Gingras is a graduate of the Canada’s National Ballet School Teacher Training Program. She holds a Licentiate teaching qualifications with the Cecchetti Society of Canada and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
For more information:
Director, Teacher Training Program