Teacher Training Program
The Teacher Training Program (TTP) is a full-time, intensive, three-year post-secondary program that provides aspiring dance teachers with the skills and knowledge required for a career in dance education.
TTP Director Johanne Gingras has designed the program to support the training of teachers for both recreational and professional environments. Students receive instruction from the artistic faculty of the RWB School Professional Division, and may be prepared for examinations in the Cecchetti Method. The program also provides students with the extremely valuable experience of observing, assisting, and teaching the approximately 1,500 students enrolled in the RWB School Recreational Division in Winnipeg and in Satellite communities across Manitoba.
A number of other valuable opportunities are available to students of the TTP, including sharing an open rapport and training environment with the world-renowned RWB Company. Students regularly observe Company classes and rehearsals and are frequently engaged to support casting of students in the Company’s full-length classical ballet productions.
There are also opportunities throughout the year for TTP students to develop their skills in choreography. The RWB School’s annual choreography competition, First Steps, is open to TTP students and includes a host of relevant workshops in lighting, costume, and sound design, as well as publicity and promotions among others. Some students will also have an opportunity to choreograph work for Dance Spectrum, the RWB School Recreational Division’s year-end recital at the Centennial Concert Hall.
The TTP boasts an impressive 100% employment success rate with graduates consistently being hired to teach dance upon competition of the program. Graduates of the program enrolled at the University of Winnipeg can have their studio and course work recognized with up to 18 credit hours towards a degree. The UW Faculty of Education also recognizes graduation form this program as meeting the requirements for a teachable minor within a Bachelor of Education degree.
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.
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Director, Teacher Training Program
“When we received Seira’s resume, we were not actively looking for another teacher. But we were intrigued by her application, and also curious as to the level of training provided by the Teacher Training Program at Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. So we invited her for an interview and audition.
We had only arranged for her to teach some of our younger ballet classes, but it was clear within minutes that we had found someone special. Her control of each class, involvement and connection with the students, and her energy and enthusiasm were exceptional. She captivated each student in each class. Wanting to see more, we asked her if she could teach a modern class for some senior students, completely unplanned. With 20 minutes to prepare, and no familiar music, she taught the class like a seasoned professional.
It was clear that she would be a great benefit to our school in so many areas, so we offered her a position for the current school year.
We have been constantly impressed with her effective approach to her teaching, her dedication to our school, her thorough preparation for her classes, and her appeal to our students. She has been so well trained and so well prepared that it is difficult to believe that she has only recently graduated.
We have struggled since arriving in Mission in 2008 to find teachers of the calibre that we require, often needing to look outside of the country. Now we know that we only need to look as far as Winnipeg.”
Carolyne Carney, Fraser Valley BC
- Fraser Valley Academy of Dance School Administrator