Ballet in the Park
Join us for one of Manitoba’s favourite – and FREE – summer traditions! Ballet in the Park is a unique opportunity to enjoy the universal language of dance with family and friends under the prairies skies. It’s a slice of Winnipeg culture that rivals Nutcracker for nostalgia and fun. Become part of our story this summer as the incredible talents from the Company, Professional Division, and Recreational Division gather in one place to deliver performances that highlight how the dancers within our walls continue Living the Dream.
Activities begin at 6:15pm, followed by the performance at 7:30pm, with each night wrapping up around 9pm.
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company artists will be performing Bleecker & 6th choreographed by Stephan Azulay, which “crackles with energy and infectious joy.” Senior-level Professional Division students will blend strong classical technique with humorous storytelling in the Fairy Doll pas de trois, the Diana and Acteon grand pas de deux from La Esmeralda, and Adios choreographed for First Steps 2023. Don’t miss the remounting of Nicole Kepp‘s Can Can, performed by the Recreational Division’s Intensive Training Program students, which was a crowd favourite at Dance Spectrum.
Accessibility & Security
We have expanded and more conveniently located our accessible seating area starting this year to make it easier for everyone to enjoy the performance. All speeches, announcements, and lyrics will be conveyed through non-verbal gestures from stage left (nearest to the accessible seating area) courtesy of an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter contracted for this event. First aid and security will be present at the park throughout the event.
Activities & Entertainment
Participate in engaging children’s activities before the performance like face painting, a craft station, and a free Creative Movement class, plus you can enjoy a variety of tasty food truck offerings. Our merchandise and contest table is your hub to purchase subscriptions, single tickets, and RWB apparel as well as the spot to enter into a contest for a chance to win two full season subscriptions valued at $676. Participants in McNally Robinson’s city-wide “Where’s Waldo?” hunt should keep their eyes peeled for the striped suspect at our event.
This is an outdoor event, so dress appropriately and be mindful of sun protection. Ballet in the Park may run as scheduled rain or shine; if we need to cancel due to inclement weather we will announce this on all channels as soon as we make the call. We recommend bringing lawn chairs, cushions, and/or blankets to sit on; snacks and water to keep you fueled and hydrated; and a desire to reconnect and enjoy live dance!