Teachers’ Summer Workshop
Join teachers from around the world who share your love of ballet for an engaging and in-depth educational experience this summer!
The RWB School Professional Division’s Teachers’ Summer Workshop is a five day professional development opportunity for dance teachers at all stages of their careers and working in any syllabus or system of training. Johanne Gingras, Teacher Training Program Director, revitalizes the workshop every year to keep it fresh and exciting for those who return again and again or happen to be first time attendees!
2018 will include the following sessions:
School Director, Arlene Minkhorst
Ms. Minkhorst is celebrating over 40 years of dedicated service in training professional ballet dancers. Minkhorst will focus on the use of plié for ballet technique and how to use it for pirouette and allegro at different level of training.
RWB School Professional Division Principal, Suzanne Andre
Ms. Andre will focus on the philosophy and curriculum of teaching children based on creative movement leading to pre-ballet. Miss Andre will also host a special evening presentation on the history of the RWB. 2019 – 2020 is the RWB’s 80th anniversary and this lecture will go into interesting detail about the past 80 years of teaching, creating and performing outstanding dance in Canada.
STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor and owner of Pilates Winnipeg, Monique Lavoie
Ms. Lavoie is an established figure in the health and wellness community of Winnipeg who is very proud of her son Michel Lavoie, RWB School Professional Division Ballet Academic Graduate. This year’s focus is “Intro to Fascial Movement Exercises” where participants can discover how adding these movement variables to a warm up can enhance mobility, strength and durability.
A staple of this workshop is the opportunity to observe classes of Professional Division students participating in the Ballet Academic Program Summer Session. Pedagogy classes are fresh and exciting each year but they are focused on elements of technique and artistry that can be applied to any ballet syllabus or curriculum. Gingras will explore how to work with a syllabus, develop teaching skills which allow you to create a balanced class in conjunction with the curriculum.
“We are very proud and excited to invite fellow educators into the RWB over the summer! One of the most valuable components to this workshop is the opportunity to exchange ideas that will help students gain confidence, refresh our own technique and start the new season inspired to teach the art of dance!” – Johanne Gingras
Looking Back at 2017
Instructors for 2017 include RWB School Director Arlene Minkhorst who is celebrating 40 years of dedicated service in training professional ballet dancers. Minkhorst will focus on how to train a dancer to maximize their strength and flexibility as well as pointe shoe training techniques.
2017 TSW will also feature STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor and owner of Pilates Winnipeg Monique Lavoie. Lavoie is an established figure in the health and wellness community of Winnipeg who is very proud of her son Michel Lavoie, Level 7 Professional Division student with the RWB School. Her lecture will focus on Myofascial conditioning for dancers and provide teachers with valuable tools that explore movements to enhance the dancer’s endurance, flexibility and dynamic stability.