OCTOBER 2016 RECREATIONAL DIVISION ONLINE BULLETIN

Sep 30 2016 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter

IMPORTANT CALENDAR REMINDERS

October 1: Last day for withdrawals and class changes
October 2: RWB Company Nutcracker Auditions
October 2: Dance Downtown hosts Manitoba Dance Day
October 10: Thanksgiving – no RD classes
October 15-16: JUMPDance Convention
October 26-30: RWB Company presents Dracula

Satellite Programs

The Manitoba Hydro Satellite Programs are an extension of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Recreational Division and offer dance programming to students in rural Manitoba. This year we are running dance programs in Altona (taught by Karyn Maertens), St. Malo (taught by Lisa Brooks) and Eriksdale (taught by Lisa Brooks and Chelsea Humble). The RWB School Recreational Division would like to extend a huge thank you to Manitoba Hydro for their continued support of this program and to the volunteer coordinators in each community who donate countless hours to ensure these programs run successfully.

Staff Accomplishments

We would like to congratulate Musical Theatre instructor Laura Kolisnyk, who performed in Rainbow Stage’s production of Shrek the Musical! The RWB School is very proud of Laura’s fantastic accomplishment.

Hallowe’en at the RWB School

This year, Hallowe’en falls on a Monday. Students are welcome to wear their costumes to class to celebrate the event. This being said, we ask that parents ensure costumes do not restrict movement and allow your child to dance without hurting others. Props and masks will not be allowed in class.

Nutcracker Auditions for Recreational Division Students

The RWB will be holding auditions for their annual Nutcracker performances to be presented from December 22 – 31 at the Centennial Concert Hall. Recreational Division students are invited to attend an audition for the roles of Mounties, mice, party children, angels and polar bears on Sunday, October 2nd! Parents can pick up registration forms from the RWB School Office to be filled out in advance of the audition. Dancers must be between the ages of 7-13 years old and be within the height range of 3’8” and 4’10”. All participants are asked to submit a headshot with their audition registration (school photos will be accepted). Registration forms, student measurements and headshots will be accepted during registration on the day of the audition date only. Registration forms will be available at the School Office beginning on Monday, September 12th.

2016 NUTCRACKER AUDITION SCHEDULE

The RWB will be holding auditions for their annual Nutcracker performances to be presented from December 22 – 31 at the Centennial Concert Hall. Recreational Division students are invited to attend an audition for the roles of Mounties, mice, party children, angels and polar bears on Sunday, October 2nd! Parents can pick up registration forms from the RWB School Office to be filled out in advance of the audition. Dancers must be between the ages of 7-13 years old and be within the height range of 3’8” and 4’10”. All participants are asked to submit a headshot with their audition registration (school photos will be accepted). Registration forms, student measurements and headshots will be accepted during registration on the day of the audition date only. Registration forms are available at the School Office.

2016 NUTCRACKER AUDITION SCHEDULE
8:15-9:00 am - Registration for 7-8 year olds
9:00-10:15 AM - Audition 7-8 year olds
9:30-10:30 AM - Registration for 9-13 year olds
10:30-12:00 PM - Audition 9-13 year olds

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCE DATES:
Thursday, December 22, 7:00pm
Friday, December 23, 1:00pm & 7:00pm
Saturday, December 24, 1:00pm*
Monday, December 26, 4:00pm
Wednesday, December 28, 7:00pm
Saturday, December 29, 7:00pm
Sunday, December 30, 1:00pm & 7:00pm
Monday, December 31, 1:00pm*
*Performances TBC

Triple Threat Dance Convention

The RWB School Recreational Division will be attending Triple Threat Dance Convention on November 12 & 13. Triple Threat is an exciting weekend convention that provides students the opportunity to participate in classes with working choreographers in the dance industry. Winnipeg faculty will include Megan Lawson, Sean Cheesman and Lisa La Touche.

All Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop Dance Ensemble students are encouraged to participate at this convention*. Students in Level 4 and up are also invited to register for this exciting weekend! Registration deadlines and fees will be emailed to all applicable students.

*Jazz Dance Ensemble students are required to attend one convention per year, as per the commitment policy.

Parking at the RWB

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is pleased to be able to offer our Recreational Division students discounted parking in our Parkade located adjacent to the RWB building off of Edmonton Street. Students and parents will be able to park in the RWB Parkade for $2 when Recreational Division classes are scheduled.

How to receive discounted parking:

  • Pull a ticket from the machine upon entry to the RWB Parkade
  • Come to the RWB School Office to pay for your $2 parking where you will receive a pass to exit
  • When exiting the Parkade, provide the machine with 2 tickets. 1st the ticket you received upon entry, and 2nd the discounted the ticket you received from the School Office.

2016-17 Parking Cards for MTS Center Event Nights:

  • All registered students will be issued an official 2016-17 RWB Parking Card (a maximum of 2 cards will be issued per student) from the RWB School Office, upon request. RWB Parking Cards are non-transferable.
  • On an event night, parents and students wishing to park in the RWB Parkade at the discounted rate can do so (space permitting) by showing their assigned pass to the parking attendant. A ticket can be pulled from the machine as described above upon entry, and payment can proceed as described above.
  • Students and parents unable to provide their assigned pass to the parking attendant will be required to pay full event parking fare, accepted in cash only.
  • Damaged parking passes can be replaced by producing/returning the original pass to the RWB School Office to receive a replacement.
  • Lost RWB Parking Cards may be replaced for a fee of $100.

Parking in the RWB Drive Through/Fire Lane:

  • Beginning immediately, all vehicles left unattended in the RWB Drive Through/Fire Lane will be towed. Vehicle owners will be responsible for any charges or damages associated with their vehicle being towed from RWB property. Warnings will not be issued.

We look forward to providing you with this convenient parking option, and encourage all parents and students to take advantage of this exclusive opportunity for RWB students and parents.

Reminders

Students are not permitted to be on the 4th floor at any time. Students whose classes are scheduled on the 4th floor should remain in the Atrium (2nd floor) until 5 minutes before their class begins, at which time they should take the stairs to the 4th floor. All students Level 2 and lower are to meet their teacher in the Atrium and they will then be escorted to the 4th floor. At the end of their classes, they are asked to make their way back to the atrium.

Due to privacy protection regulations, parents are not permitted to take pictures or video any portion of their child’s class. Parents are welcome to take pictures of their children in the studio by themselves or with the teacher AFTER the class.

Parents are asked to refrain from observing classes on the 2nd floor from the 3rd floor balcony. This can be distracting for the students and teacher. Many of the studios have small windows on the doors for parents to catch a brief look; however that too can be distracting for prolonged periods of time. We invite you to come right into the studio during our Fall Observation Week (November 27 – December 3). It will be our pleasure to show you all of the exciting things your children are learning and accomplishing!

The tables in the Atrium are available for students to complete their school work and provide a clean environment to eat their meals while waiting for classes. Students and parents are encouraged to share the space appropriately. If you are not using the table, please allow others to use it.

The school office would also like to remind any students who have not submitted their Manitoba Health numbers and any other pertinent information to do so as soon as possible.