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Master Class

Summer Master Class

July 8 - 31, 2014


The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Recreational Division is excited to offer a new program for advanced dancers wanting a challenge this summer. Summer Master Class will give participants the opportunity to work with special guest teachers and choreographers from across Canada and beyond, some of which have been featured in the hottest music videos and top musicals on Broadway!


Classes will run on a drop-in basis every Tuesday and Thursday from July 8 - 31, 7:15 - 8:30 pm,.

The cost is $15 per drop-in class.


Dancers will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis beginning one hour before the class is scheduled to start.




July 8:  Stephanie Rutherford
July 15: Josh Assor
July 22: Rachel Cooper
July 29: Brett Taylor
July 10 : Eugene Baffoe
July 17: Josh Assor
July 24: Bob Veruela
July 31: Lesther San Miguel



Josh Assor

Josh Assor

Throughout Josh's career he has worked some of the most respected jobs in the industry including Broadway, National Tours, film & television. He has had the privilege of working with renowned directors, choreographers, and actors and has performed in major venues across the world including Canada, the U.S. Mexico and Europe. Some of his favourite credits include the role of Neleus in Mary Poppins on Broadway (Disney), the 1st National Tour of Mary Poppins (Disney), The Wizard of Oz National Tour, West Side Story at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Aida (Manitoba Opera), originating the role of Ti-Cul and Dance Captain of Le Bleu D’La Metropole (Périphérie Productions) and filming the dance movie Sur La Rythme. Josh has been featured in Dance Canada Quarterly, Industry Dance Magazine and Dance Plug (Los Angeles). In addition to performing, Josh also adjudicates, teaches workshops and sets choreography for various studios, schools and colleges across North America. He was recently a featured choreographer for BC Beat (New York), I MOVE FORWARD, a cancer benefit show as well as the Toronto Choreographers Ball.


Eugene Baffoe

Eugene Baffoe

Eugene Baffoe, known in the hip hop community as "GeNie" is a freestyle battle Dancer from Montreal, Quebec.  He has been training in the field of Hip Hop for the last decade, teaching, choreographing and directing at a professional level over the last 6 years. GeNie currently heads Winnipeg’s newest and fastest growing urban Hip Hop dance drew "B.O.S.S Dance Team" (Built on Self Success). The group began in the summer of 2011 and made its debut at the Bomber game halftime show in September of 2011. He is also the co-creator and director of a non-profit Charity Dance Showcase "Dance 4 MS" which he began in 2009. The event raises money to cure Multiple Sclerosis by donating all proceeds to the Manitoba MS Society. With its first ever sold out show In May of 2012, the annual showcase has raised over $5,000 over the span of 4 years. His choreography has been showcased in Manitoba Dance festival, Showtime Productions, local Musical Theatre productions of “RENT”,  flashmobs, High school events, debouts, and hip hop dance teams over the past 3 years. He has worked with renowned choreographers such as “Lil C”, Tucker Barkley and Brian Friedman. GeNie is a featured dancer in the upcoming U.S feature film “Strings” in theaters April 2014. Honoured by the city of Winnipeg with the "Youth Role Model Award" in 2009, Eugene is a committed teacher/choreographer never forgetting that he remains a student of dance.

Rachel Cooper
Rachel Cooper

Rachel Cooper is a teacher, choreographer and dancer.  She is a graduate of the Senior Professional Program at the School of Contemporary Dancers and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Theatre and Drama/Dance as a well as a Bachelor of Education both from the University of Winnipeg where she was awarded the University’s Gold medal for her studies.  Rachel began her professional career in Toronto, performing with TILT Sound and Motion. She has a strong foundation in many dance disciplines including jazz, modern, ballet, tap and hip hop and has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of choreographers.  Rachel is currently on staff with the Junior Professional Program at the School of Contemporary Dancers and directs the Maples Collegiate Dance Department.  Her choreography has appeared on local, national and international stages, garnering her numerous awards and accolades.  Locally her choreography has been awarded Adjudicator’s Choice at the Manitoba Dance Festival in the categories of jazz, lyrical jazz, modern and hip hop.  Ms Cooper continues to attend professional development workshops and seminars to further her growth as a dancer and dance educator.  


Steph Rutherford

Steph Rutherford

Stephanie Rutherford is an award winning choreographer and teacher based in Toronto, Canada.  Having a theatre major from the University of Winnipeg and extensive training in all forms of dance, Stephanie has managed to create an established career in the industry primarily focused in directing and choreographing contemporary dance. She is the artistic director and founder of the professional dance company "Rutherford Movement Exchange" as well, the host of the annual elite dance workshop entitled "The Dance Intensive". Stephanie directed and choreographed the show  "Ascension- The act of rising to a higher level " (Rutherford Movement Exchange's company show 2013). She also was the choreographer of The General Motors 2013 Car Show where she worked alongside Canadian Idol winner Melissa Oneil, Elana Juatco and comedian Paul McQuilliam, to name a few. She's choreographed for  networks such as   MTV Canada, Slice TV and a feature on (Los Angeles)  She's been a selected choreographer in Toronto Choreographer's Ball (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Toronto Pride Main Stage  and Women In Dance (2010, 2011). You can check out features on Stephanie's career in  Sandbox Magazine (Spring 2012 Issue) , (a wizard week feature) and The Dish Segment (Los Angeles). She is currently on faculty at Metro Movement (Canada's leading school in professional dance) and teaches for various dance conventions across Canada. Stephanie is currently working on the choreography for artist Andrew Austin's new concept/ music video that will be released in the near future. She's choreographed for many other local artist's music videos,  live performances, industrials   flash mobs, and company shows. She continues to share and explore her passion with dancers of all ages and is always looking for inspirational ways to evolve her craft. 


Bob Veruela Jr.

Bob Veruela Jr

Bob Veruela Jr. has represented Winnipeg in many competitions and shows Internationally. He is known in Canada for his original B-boy flavor, finesse, and amazing musicality, gaining national respect from the B-boy community. Breaking since 1994, his inspiration for dance throughout the years is his family, Mischief Crew (1994), GoodFoot Crew (1998), and his current B-boy crew, Dangerous Goods (2002-present).
Bob has been involved in the Canadian B-boy scene for many years. He has helped organize local B-boy events such as “Break 4 Bread”, guest judged various competitions across the country, and has competed with the 32 best North American B-boys in Red Bull’s B-boy competition “King of the Ring”. In 2009, he was the recipient of the “Absolute Canadian B-boy Award”, presented by legendary B-boy crew Canadian Floor Masters from Ottawa.

Bob currently works for Graffiti Art Programming AKA Graffiti Gallery as Programs Director, providing outreach programming through visual and performing arts, along with sharing his knowledge of B-boy culture in the local dance community and education system of Winnipeg. Bob has also traveled to teach dance in Northern Manitoba communities, and is also involved with “Blueprint for Life” and their initiatives.
Bob is one of Winnipeg’s Hip Hop ambassadors and continues to represent and teach B-boy culture in Canada.


Brett Taylor

Bob Veruela Jr

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Brett Taylor began dancing at the age of seven. Upon graduating from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division, Taylor has worked with dance companies such as BJM Danse Montreal, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet British Columbia, and Wen Wei Dance. Taylor has also performed in musicals such as “Mary Poppins”(Neptune Theatre) “Dance Legends,” (Grand Theatre) “Mary Poppins”, “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Producers”, “The Little Mermaid”(Rainbow Stage) “Guys and Dolls”, ”New York, New York,”(DDP), and music video “Love Again” by Kreesha Turner.




Lesther San Miguel


Lesther San Miguel, also known as "less IZM" is a street dancer trained in many disciplines spanning over 20 years. One of the most versatile street dancers in Winnipeg, he has trained in Old School Style Hip Hop, New Jack Swing, B-Boying (breakdancing), House, Locking, Waacking, Salsa, Merengue and Bachata. He currently dances and trains with his crew's Dangerous Goods and Dead Seed, both based out of Winnipeg.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Less started dancing "old school style hip hop" at the age of 8, mainly learning from friends and music videos. As he developed into his middle school years, the second wave of B-Boys hit the streets of Winnipeg and that's when he fell in love. Less started to dabble in that art form, and although the fad died quickly, he still kept training and competing on a National level. In the mid 2000's, Less discovered a new style of dance relatively unknown to the Winnipeg dance scene, and this was House dance. Seeing how no one in Winnipeg really knew this style of dance, Less had to take it in his own hands to get proper training outside of the city. He has trained with Canadian house dancers such as Fly Lady Di, Lady C, Kwame Mensah (DooDat), Jin (Moonrunners); French house dancer Dr Mephisto; and Legendary New York house dancers such as Toni McGregor (Dance Fusion/MOPTOP), Sekou Heru (Dance Fusion/MOPTOP), Future (House of Ninja), Princess Lockaroo (House of Imperial Waackers) and Conrad Rochester.
On top of training and competing, Less has done alot of local teaching and community work. He has taught workshops at The Dance Centre (2002-2005), year round dance classes at DBSD (2004-2009), and random drop in's for different High School's and Professional Dance Companies in the city. Less is currently working as a youth programming facilitator for Studio 393, A satellite program for Graffiti Art Programming. His current role is to coordinate the dance programming, teach dance classes such as Old School Style Hip Hop, Breaking and House, and organize the occasional All-Styles and Breaking competitions held at Studio 393.


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