August Company Spotlight

Aug 12 2016 | Posted in Company Spotlight

Performances Begin In Ten Weeks!

Dracula

RWB Company Dancers Katie Bonnell and Liang Xing; Photo Credit Rejean Brandt Photography

With August winding down, the new season is just around the corner, and we will officially be back on the stage in ten weeks with the 2016 production of Dracula.

Smart, seductive, and dead sexy, Mark Godden’s Dracula takes you on a journey into the darkest places of the soul. With opulent sets and costumes, flying bats, dancing gargoyles and mysterious transformations, Dracula will put you on the edge of your seat and hold you there. This production sold out across Canada and China and was transformed into an internationally acclaimed film in the hands of director Guy Maddin with raving reviews by The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. Get the most out of the 2016/17 season with a subscription! RWB subscribers get the best seats at the best price plus other exclusive benefits. For renewing subscribers, please contact the Box Office, 204.957-2492 to renew your subscription and keep your seats. New subscriptions are now available online. Single Tickets are also now available.

Ballet In The Park Brought Another Year Of Record Attendance

Ballet In The Park

RWB Company Dancers at Ballet In The Park 2016; Photo: Heather Milne

Ballet In The Park has clearly become one of Winnipeg’s most anticipated summer events and this year was no exception. Paired with the lovely summer weather, the Company presented excerpts from Nutcracker and Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story; and selected performances from the School’s Professional and Recreational Division. Audiences came out in record numbers over the three evening performances.

RWB School Professional Division International Audition Tour Dates Announced

Recreat

The RWB School’s International Audition Tour kicks off this October with stops in fifteen cities across Canada and a stop in the United States. Students looking to dance or teach professionally are encouraged to attend. Those who audition have the opportunity to win a full tuition scholarship for the four-week Summer Session taking place in July 2017. A proud supporter of the RWB, Investors Group awards a $2,000 scholarship to aspiring dancers in every province and territory across Canada. The four-week Summer Session serves as the second phase of the audition process for the full-time program.

Pre-registration is recommended and prospective students are encouraged to register now. The RWB School also accepts walk up registrations the day-of and auditions by DVD are also accepted. To download the registration form and learn more information, please visit the RWB School website at rwb.org/audition or call the RWB School Office at (204) 957-3467.

Registration For Recreational Division Classes

Recreational

There’s still time to register for the 2016/17 Regular Session at RWB School Recreational Division. Simply come down to the RWB School to see what we have in store! Since its founding in 1939, the Recreational Division of the RWB School has made a meaningful contribution in communities across Manitoba by providing quality dance instruction to dancers of all ages, levels and interests. The School offers a range of classes in a variety of disciplines such as: creative movement, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap, modern, musical theatre, conditioning and hip hop, as well as specialized programs for boys and adults, combining the best in training, facilities and value in a positive and encouraging environment.

Additional registration information can be found here or by calling the RWB School Office at 204-957-3467.

Satellite Program Brings Dance To Rural Communities

Recreational

RWB Satellite Program Students; Photo Credit RWB Archives

The RWB School Satellite Program brings an awareness of dance to Manitoba communities and may be the only opportunity that some students in rural areas have to experience dance. This exposure may provide them with future possibilities to expand their talents even further.

RWB School artistic faculty travel from Winnipeg to rural Manitoba communities and conduct weekly classes in ballet, creative movement and jazz (classes subject to teacher availability). Each community’s season concludes with an exciting recital with guest performers from the RWB School Professional and Recreational Divisions (scheduling permitted).

Contact the RWB School Office for more information by emailing school@rwb.org or by calling 204-957-3467.

Green Room

Exploring The Benefits Of Dance With The RWB School Recreational Division

Green Room

RWB Recreational Division Students; Photo courtesy of the RWB

Exercise and fun aren’t always used in the same sentence, however many people are turning to dance to stay active while having the time of their lives. The RWB School’s Recreational Division is giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn new skills, build confidence and create lasting friendships.

The relationships I’ve developed through the RWB with teachers and my friends, who I consider my second family, are truly incredible,” says Colleen Alfonso, a Recreational Division student in tap, hip hop and jazz.

The RWB School offers a range of classes in a variety of disciplines such as: creative movement, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap, modern, musical theatre, conditioning and hip hop, as well as specialized programs for boys and adults, combining the best in training, facilities and value in a positive and encouraging environment.

Not all children like sports; and dance is a really great outlet for children to express their emotions through movement,” says Sharlyne Santos, a Recreational Division hip hop instructor. “I love seeing the growth of my students. Watching them explore movements and learn something new every day is really exciting.”

Alfonso says dance gives her more energy and keeps her fit, but most importantly has also given her more self-confidence. “Performing on stage, doing improv and dancing in front of my peers have given me more confidence in myself. Now I`m not shy around people and I`d like to thank dance for that,” says Alfonso. “When I put on my costume and pull back my hair, my nerves start buzzing inside of me. Having my parents see me on stage is such a thrill. The rush is irreplaceable. It’s just an incredible feeling.”

As a teacher, it’s rewarding seeing my students reach their goals. I’m inspired everyday by students and it makes me love my job even more,” says Santos. “I would really encourage more students to come to the RWB.”