Dance Intensive is a dynamic two-week training opportunity for dancers ages 9-18 hosted by the world renowned RWB School.
DI19 is designed to give students the opportunity to express themselves artistically, improve their technique and deepen their understanding of ballet in a positive and supportive environment.
The experienced teaching staff at the RWB School, together with talented guest teachers, will inspire students to learn and grow. DI19 will feature some of our finest ballet instructors and talented guest teachers who are masters of dance genres beyond ballet.
HORTON BASED MODERN
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Rachael McLaren started her artistic journey on the piano at age 3 and has been a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as a principal dancer, performing in theaters across the globe for the last 11 years. She began her formal dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School under the leadership of Jacqui Ladwig (Davidson) and school director David Moroni, C.M. McLaren continued her dance training at the Ailey School in New York under the direction of the late Denise Jefferson. She performed for 2 years as Ensemble/Understudy for the role of Ali in the Toronto Production of Mamma Mia! (Royal Alexandra Theater/Mirvish Productions), and she has been a guest artist with NYC based dance companies Armitage Gone! Dance, Nilas Martin’s dance company, and the Francesca Harper Project. McLaren was most recently a guest artist with Royal Ballet of London for Wayne McGregor’s 10th anniversary season, performing in a company collaboration in his famous work Chroma and was a member of Ailey II before working as a principal dancer.
SENIOR LEVEL REPERTOIRE
Yayoi Ban (Ezawa) trained at Rei Classical Ballet Institute, under Reiko Togashi, and Momoko Tani Ballet before joining the RWB School Professional Division in 2001. After completing two years in the Aspirant Program, she joined the Company as an Apprentice in 2005. Ban was promoted to Soloist in 2014. Ban’s highlight roles include Giselle in Giselle, Nancy in Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Clara and Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker, and Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty.
SENIOR LEVEL REPERTOIRE
Born in Edmonton, Alanna McAdie trained at the Edmonton School of Ballet before beginning her professional training with the RWB School Professional Division. After graduating in 2009, she joined RWB’s Aspirant Program before becoming a Company Apprentice in 2011. McAdie was promoted to Soloist in 2017. She has danced roles such as Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale, Giselle in Giselle, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Clara in Nutcracker, Niska in Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, and Wendy in Peter Pan.
No auditions necessary.
A minimum of 2 years of ballet training required and we recommend 3-4 years for ages 15-18.
On the first day of the program, dancers will be assessed by RWB School artistic faculty on their technical level in placement class. Dancers will be placed in a level for DI19 where they will have the opportunity to refine their technical skills while being challenged both physically and artistically. Placements are not based on the age of the dancer or years of training.
Classes run Monday through Saturday. Students will be placed according to their technical level in ballet. Classes include ballet, conditioning, modern, creative movement, and more! Pointe will be available for dancers with experience at the discretion of our artistic faculty.
Students will have an opportunity to perform original choreography for parents and caregivers on the final day of the program!
When not in the studio, the RWB School Residence will provide a safe and comfortable home-away-from-home for DI19 students. Residence will administer 24-hour supervision and includes living quarters, a dining room, student lounges with internet access, and laundry facilities. Our fun-filled activity program will provide dancers first-hand exposure to the arts and culture for which our city is known. In the past, activities have included a beach day, a go-carting adventure at Thunder Rapids and an evening of theatre at Rainbow Stage.
Looking Back at DI18
Header Photo by Leif Norman.