Sharing Dance

Sharing Dance

Sharing Dance


Created by Canada’s National Ballet School in partnership with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Physical and Health Education Canada, Sharing Dance is a community initiative that makes dance accessible to all people. The program aims to encourage Canadians of all ages and abilities to engage artistically, and reap the physical, social, emotional, and cultural benefits that dance provides.

There are many ways to get involved with Sharing Dance, and they all lead to Sharing Dance Day – the biggest dance party this country has ever seen! Sharing Dance Day is 100% FREE and includes performances, workshops, and other fun activities for the whole family. Everyone is invited to Sharing Dance Day on the morning on Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Axworthy Health and RecPlex (350 Spence Street, Winnipeg, MB).

The 2019 signature Sharing Dance routine will be released in January 2019. RWB School graduate Philippe-Alexandre Jacques was commissioned together with Esie Mensah to create the Contemporary/Afrofusion choreography based on the theme “Roots & Identity”

Every Tuesday from February 5-May 28, 2019, the RWB welcomes kids ages 8-12 for FREE weekly classes from 5-6 pm at the RWB on 380 Graham Avenue. There is no advanced registration, and kids are encouraged to attend weekly, but not required. Kids and families may choose to participate in Sharing Dance Day, but why miss the country’s biggest dance party when everyone is invited? Contact the RWB School Office at 204-957-3467 or for more information.

Everyone is invited to learn the choreography online. Tutorials are available any day of the week, any time of day and can be access individually, together with a group of friends or as a family activity. As a fully accessible program, there is a version to follow for those who need to remain seated. Winnipeg is one of the coldest places in the world and this is one way to keep moving and have fun indoors all winter long! When the frost thaws in May everyone is encouraged to attend Sharing Dance Day and participate in the country’s biggest dance party!

Sharing Dance Kids provides the tools needed to bring the joy of dance to classrooms and community groups across the country. It is a suite of FREE online dance resources for teachers and leaders in settings like classrooms, after-school programs, community centres, and summer camps. It inspires creativity and builds physical literacy skills with fun dance lessons and activities. Videos and class plans are designed to build participants’ physical, social and emotional skills, helping them grow and respond to the world around them with knowledge, intelligence and imagination. Resources include printable activity plans, downloadable music and online videos, content created in collaboration with indigenous artists and an online community for leaders to share experiences and recommendations. Best of all, no dance experience is necessary to facilitate or participate in these lessons and the resources are completely FREE.

Visit the REACH platform to access the FREE online tutorials available January 2019.

This program is currently full for 2018-19

The facilitated Sharing Dance program involves 16 weeks of programming from January through June for Manitoba students in grades 4-6. These students and teachers work with an RWB School Artistic Faculty member to inspire creativity and build physical literacy skills with fun dance lessons which build to learning the entire 2019 choreography. Schools currently participating include: Pinkham School, Kent Road School, Governor Semple School, Strathcona School, William White School, Dufferin School as well as Boys & Girls Sister Macharmara Club, YMCA Community and Sistema Community. This program is offered to schools completely FREE of charge thanks to the support of many partners.

For more information or to be waitlisted for this program please contact Marilee Schroeder at or call the School Office 204.957.3467

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