First Steps

First Steps

First Steps

About First Steps

First Steps is an annual competition and performance of new choreography by senior RWB School Professional Division students. It is designed to increase students’ artistic sensitivity, awareness, and respect for the creative process and is an opportunity to discover if they have a talent for choreography and to give them the tools to explore their potential.


RWB Professional Division Students in the Ballet Academic, Aspirant and Teacher Training Program move through the entire creative process beginning in September and in February they present it to public and a panel of jurors. Although it is a competition, it is open to the public and is family friendly!

First Steps has grown to include the entire student body of the Ballet Academic Program, comprising Levels 1 to 7. Students who do not choreograph or perform are involved in all other aspects of putting on a production, such as:

  • Presenting pre-performance improvisation.
  • Working stage crew.
  • Working as backstage runners.
  • Ushering.
  • Greeting audience as master(s) of ceremony.
  • Photographers (choreographers at work), when applicable

Students choose the subject matter, length of their piece and style or dance genre. In order to accommodate numerous choreographers, each must adhere to a time limit of up to four minutes, to ensure that performances remain within a reasonable running time. Choreographers may choose to work with recorded music or live musicians and may use already existing or new compositions.

Finally, in coordination with the RWB Wardrobe Department, choreographers choose the costumes that best reflect their choreographic ideas, and with guidance from the Production Department, they design the lighting that will best support their dance.

Through First Steps, RWB School students increase their artistic sensitivity and gain awareness and respect for the creative process, giving RWB School students the tools to become responsible, professional, and open-minded young artists.

First Steps: Behind the Scenes






2019 First Steps Winners

1st Place
Logan Savard

2nd Place
Sophie Willett

3rd Place
Tayte Brown

Honourable Mentions
Meghan Sangster
Ethan Ribeiro

Honourable Mention
Alexander Castro

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Award
Sophie Willett

The Paddy Stone Scholarship
Lauren Voros

The Jacqueline Weber Award
Alexander Castro

The Doreen Macdonald
Alexander Castro

The People’s Choice Award
(It was incredibly close between 4 pieces - 1 vote determined the tied winners)
Logan Savard & Sophie Willett