PD / RD Artistic Faculty
The famous American modern dancer and choreographer Martha Graham once said: “What makes a dancer great, is not their technique but their passion.” Fortunately for Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Gabriela Rehak has both! A teacher and choreographer with the RWB since 2005, Ms. Rehak has also held the position of Artistic Director with the Rozmai Dance Company for twenty years and was recently appointed the new representative of Dancer Transition Resource Centre Manitoba. A student of character and folk dance, modern dance, improvisation, composition and creation, contact improvisation, and voice and text for stage, Ms. Rehak has been lauded by the Canada Council, Manitoba Arts Council, and Winnipeg Arts Council. Ms. Rehak has also received grants, bursaries and scholarships in both B.C. and Alberta.
As an independent artist, Ms. Rehak has performed with Heidi Bunting (Edmonton), Le Groupe de Place Royale (Ottawa), TRIP Dance (Winnipeg), Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers as a company dancer under the direction of Tom Stroud, EDAM (Vancouver), Delfos Danza (Mexico) and appeared in the film One Last Dance. Her most memorable dance credits include: Songs that Dance by choreographer Rachel Browne; Maxine, a solo by Julia Sasso. As a student, she toured to Taiwan, held two residencies with Delfos Danza in Mexico, and toured to Ottawa and Toronto with her fellow Shumka dancers in Nutcracker.
Born in Prague, Czech Republic and raised in Victoria B.C., Ms. Rehak has had the opportunity to study at Grant MacEwan College and Shumka Company in Edmonton, and in Winnipeg with the School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Program, Ruth Cansfield Dance, Randy Joint, and TRIP Dance Co. Her choreography credits include: Down and Out for the RWB School year-end showcase, a piece also performed at Ballet in the Park; and the works Let Me Be, Battle, A Song For You, Seven, Face, Caution Children At Play, and A Beautiful Lie, all which are now included in the RWB Aspirant Program repertoire. She has also lent her talents to the Professional Division choreographic competition, First Steps as artistic coordinator.
Inspired working with students at many different levels and with a variety of career ambitions, Ms. Rehak’s passion continues to be teaching and creating dance that ultimately connects and communicates with audiences and dancers alike.