RWB School’s Audition Tour

Students who participate in the 2017/18 Audition Tour are auditioning to gain acceptance into the Professional Division Summer Session (July 2018) in Winnipeg, which serves as the second audition phase to gain acceptance into Regular Session (September 2018 to June 2019).

Registration for the 2017/18 Audition Tour is now open. English registration forms can be found here and French registration forms can be found here. Once your registration form is completed, please send it either by email to or mail to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, 380 Graham Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4K2.

Read more here.

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 The all-new ExplorAbility for Parkinson’s will take place at the Central Church of Christ170 St. Mary’s Rd. This program runs from October 6 – December 1at 10 AM every Friday and is made possible with the support of Parkinson Canada.

“Parkinson Canada is thrilled that the RWB School is bringing ExplorAbility for Parkinson’s to life in Winnipeg this fall,” said Donna Greening, Parkinson Canada Community Development and Administrative Coordinator. “Manitobans with Parkinson’s are thirsty for activity-based programs to help improve their balance, range of motion, gait and overall health in fun and challenging ways…and this program fits the bill! Those with Parkinson’s who took part in recent demonstrations at local support groups overwhelmingly gave it a huge thumbs-up!”

ExplorAbility for Parkinson’s is $100 total for the eight-week session. Registration forms are available on the RWB School website at and can be submitted by phone (204-957-3467), email ( ) or through the School Office at 380 Graham Ave.

The original program was developed in 2009 by Jacqui Ladwig, RWB School Recreational Division faculty and former Recreational Division School Principal. Due to its success and the support of Parkinson Canada, the program is able to expand to another group of individuals.

“ExplorAbility is a wonderfully rewarding program for myself as a teacher, as well as my students,” said Ladwig. “Together we explore dance and challenge our bodies to move in new and different ways. It brings me great joy to see our students show support, understanding and compassion to one another throughout the class.”

Both programs promote individual development for adults of different abilities and needs, withExplorAbility for Parkinson’s designed specifically for adults living with Parkinson’s disease. All classes are focused on developing body awareness, self-expression, posture and alignment in a creative and supportive environment. Wheelchairs, walkers, and other devices are welcome.

Session 1 of the RWB School’s ExplorAbility for Adults at 380 Graham Avenue began onSeptember 27 and is still accepting registrations.

Session One: September 27 – December 6, 2017
Session Two: January 10 – March 14, 2018
Session Three: April 4 – June 6, 2018

Each ExplorAbility for Adults session is $90 for the ten-week session. Registration forms are available on the RWB School website at and can be submitted by phone (204-957-3467), email ( ) or through the School Office at 380 Graham Ave.


Kathleen Hiley Solo Projects

Kathleen Hiley Solo Projects celebrates a full length evening of rarely seen classic works by venerated dance pioneer, Isadora Duncan, and Canada’s Mother of Modern Dance, Rachel Browne.

This compelling evening of dance includes a diverse range of historic repertoire from these two great masters. Solo artist Kathleen Hiley, recognized for her dramatic, evocative and expressive interpretations by critics and audiences alike, is highlighted in this captivating program of physical, emotionally charged and stimulating choreography. She strives to fulfill the artistry, humanity, and commitment necessary to touch and move audiences through dance.

The performance features the live accompaniment of the spectacular Alexander Tselyakov, whom is counted in the ranks of Canada’s leading concert pianists.

Kathleen Hiley Solo Projects premieres November 17 & 18, 2017 at the Gas Station Arts Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council.

Kathleen Hiley

Alexander Tselyakov

Isadora Duncan, Rachel Browne

Friday November 17, 2017 – 8:00 PM Saturday November 18, 2017 – 8:00 PM Gas Station Arts Centre , 445 River Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba

Tickets: $25 Tickets available at the door or at

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My Camera is Dancing: Evening of Short Dance Films

My Camera is Dancing is a community gathering/screening bringing together local, national and international screendance and media artists. Curated by Canadian Dance Artist Constance Cooke the evening will include works by Kayla Jeanson, Jaime Black
Laura Elliott, Sarah Anne Johnson, Nadia Oussenko, Kelly Hargraves, Constance Cooke and more. A panel discussion will follow focused on, but not limited to how creators approach, capture and situate their work with specific attention given to the politics of the frame.

October 13 7pm-9pm

YLDE studio @ 618 Arlington 2nd floor

The evenings film screening will feature screendance films made by: Kayla Jeanson
Jaime Black
Laura Elliott
Sarah Anne Johnson
Constance Cooke
Nadia Oussenko
Kelly Hargraves
and more

A panel discussion will follow with filmmakers

By Donation
The Politics of the Frame participants – Free

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Gearshifting Performance Works – Making Contact and Sending Love

Gearshifting Performance Works is thrilled to present
Making Contact and Sending Love

A mixed repertoire of contemporary dance works featuring eight performers and work by three distinct choreographers.

One performance only!
Saturday, October 14th, at 8:00pm
at The Rachel Browne Theatre
Tickets: $20, available at the door. Box office opens one hour prior to showtime. Cash only please.
Advance tickets also available from the artists.

Choreography by Artistic Director, Jolene Bailie, by modern dance pioneer, Rachel Browne, and by Guest Choreographer, Marie-Josee Chartier. 

This show features the company premiere of Rachel Browne’s, “Sending Love”, and a freshly revised version of “Quartet” by Guest Choreographer, Marie-Josee Chartier.

The invigorating program reflects both on our history and on our present. Featuring a range of performers, including seasoned professionals, those just emerging into the profession, and mid-career artists. 

The program includes:
“Quartet”, by Marie-Josee Chartier
Performed by: Jolene Bailie, Carol-Ann Bohrn, Jillian Groening and Aaron Paul

“The Unsaid”, by Jolene Bailie
Performed by: Shawn Maclaine, Camila Schujman and Ilse Torres Orozco

“Game On”, by Jolene Bailie
Performed by: Carol-Ann Bohrn, Jillian Groening and Helene Le Moullec Mancini

“Give and Take in the Kingdom of Love”, by Jolene Bailie
Performed by: Aaron Paul, Camila Schujman and Ilse Torres Orozco

“Alex Colville and I”, created and performed by Jolene Bailie

“Sending Love”, by Rachel Browne
Performed by: Carol-Ann Bohrn, Jillian Groening and Helene Le Moullec Mancini

Length: 60 minutes

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COMPANY LINK – The Feldenkrais Method®


The Feldenkrais Method®

A 2-Day Intensive taught by Gisèle St. Hilaire

Saturday and Sunday October 14 & 15, 2017
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
At the University of Winnipeg’s Department of Theatre and Film

About the Workshop…

The Feldenkrais Method® workshop is designed for any Actor, Dancer, or Individual interested in developing a greater awareness of the fundamental mechanisms involved in the expressive body. Through selected FeldenkraisⓇ movement sequences participants will become more aware of habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities that may inhibit expression and discover new ways of experiencing the body to include more of yourself in your movement.

Gisèle St. Hilaire has been Guild Certified FeldenkraisⓇ practitioner since 2001 and is the owner and operator of Sunyata Movement Studio in Winnipeg.

Early Bird Registration: $150.00 (prior to October 3)

Late Registration: $170.00

Special Discount for Students of the Department of Theatre and Film

To register or for more information contact:
Tom Stroud at or call 204 786-9323

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Young Lungs Dance Exchange The Politics of the Frame

The Politics of the Frame, will focus on a mindful, conscious approach to creating dance for camera. Constance Cooke will lead the participants through a series of structured exercises with cameras designed to aid and challenge how they approach, capture and situate their work. The premise underlying this exploration is that screen images aren’t neutral –camera angles, shots, camera movements, locations, choreography and framing all carry implied meaning. Through creative critical dialogue, workshop participants will strengthen their ability to discern and create meaning as they shoot and review capture footage.

Screendance is an engaging language. It offers us a means to integrate, understand, question and challenge our own preconceived stories and see self, reflected in other. The curriculum Cooke has devised is a refined program of instruction for dancers, choreographers, visual artists, performance artists and filmmakers, focused on creating innovative movement specifically with the camera frame in mind. Cooke offers participants a new way to see, stimulate, devise and engage with movement, as it exists in the frame.

Examples of dialogues include:

  1. The subjective camera: How can you explore giving the camera an identity? Is it a voyeur? Does it discover something already going on? Does it allude to something else that is taking place off screen (via sound or other innuendo)? Does it make the subject seem smaller (trivial, weaker, etc.) by shooting from above? Does it imbue the subject with power and stature by shooting from below? How can you explore these and other possibilities?
  2. Context: What effect does where you shoot have on what you shoot. Explore location as context and subtext, etc.


October 14 1-4pm October 15 1-4pm

COST Earlybird (before Oct. 5th) $75
After October 5th $100

email to sign up or purchase workshop here

REQUIREMENTS For this two day intensive you will want to bring devices to capture footage, such as smart phones, tablets and digital cameras. Participants are also asked to bring their own laptops to edit on. Please also wear layered clothing that is easy to move in.


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Beijing Dance Theatre’s Wild Grass

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DUO seeks a Producing and Administrative Manager

Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO) is a not-for-profit provider of management services to Ontario’s dance enterprises.  DUO was founded in 1988 by the Arts Councils to support dance enterprises with their administrative and business activities. In addition to providing a suite of tailored and flexible services, DUO strengthens the dance sector by undertaking new strategic and progressive initiatives.

DUO supports dance artists and enterprises in the creation, production and dissemination of their art. Our typical clientele includes: independent artists, small- and mid-scale organizations based in Ontario. DUO supports dance artists by providing the best and most appropriate administrative and infrastructure allowing them to grow as they focus more fully on their art.  We do not guide the artistic product of clients.  DUO is committed to diversity in all of its activities and the enterprises it serves. We envision DUO to be the place where new growth in the sector is fostered. Dance Umbrella of Ontario is the employer for this contract.

Job Description
The Producing and Administrative Manager will manage multiple clients’ needs on a daily basis. The successful candidate will be a self-starter producing all materials on behalf of DUO clients, while maintaining exceptional client relations. The Producing and Administrative Manager reports directly to DUO’s Executive Director and provides support to the ED as required. The position actively seeks out and solicits new clients for DUO. The candidate will work out of the DUO offices for the full work week, though some off-site work is required.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Producing & Administrative Manager will work with a roster of clients meeting their individual needs by providing tailored services.  DUO’s clients range from established companies to emerging individual dance artists and represent various dance forms and practices.  The Manager provides the following client service support:

  • Develops artistic and organization strategic plans with the client; defining steps to implement the plan, monitoring progress
  • Develops and executes project plans for productions and client programs
  • Develops funding strategies for government and private sources; reviewing, editing, managing grant applications and all reporting
  • Develops and manages operational and project specific budgets; cash flow management; financial and other reporting to the client and the client’s Board of Directors; maintaining reporting systems for handling income and paying expenses
  • Maintains relations with arts funders and dance presenters
  • Manages the contracting process for all artists, crew, presenters and vendors
  • Manages client organizational budgets; track expenses and revenues and provides reports to assist in decision making
  • Liaises with Marketing and Communications staff to support the execution of the clients’ communications campaign; works with clients to plan and execute a distribution plan for marketing collateral
  • Provides support to prospect and secure in-kind donations and potential sponsors
  • Attends board meetings and provide support to the Board Secretary
  • Liaises with artistic and technical partners on scheduling, logistics and marketing
  • Liaises with the clients’ production team on scheduling, logistics and equipment
  • Other duties as required


  • Must be fluently bilingual; oral and written
  • An entrepreneurial sprit and a passion for the success of dance in Ontario
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to deal with a wide range of people and situations.
  • Excellent time management skills; manages multiple projects simultaneously, sets and balances priorities, and meets multiple deadlines.
  • Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong planning and coordination skills
  • Experience with the principles of government arts funding
  • An understanding of the principles of not-for-profit and charitable organizations
  • Available for evening and weekend work when required
  • Knowledge of Adobe InDesign is considered an asset

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated arts manager, with experience in the non-profit sector. The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in arts administration, or equivalent business experience.
Excellent computer skills and knowledge of software programs including; Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel).

Personal traits/requirements:

  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to build rapport with clients.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Professional maturity and judgment.

Additional Info:

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Those selected will be contacted within one week of the submission deadline. No phone calls, please.
How to Apply:
Please submit your resume, cover letter and 3 references to:

Deadline to submit an application is 5pm on Wednesday October 11, 2017. Contact Info:

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Manitoba Dance Day


Sunday, October 1st / 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm / RWB Studios, 380 Graham Avenue
Part of Culture Days, a FREE event for dancers and dance enthusiasts.
ONE event, THREE organizations
Inspired by “A Chorus Line”

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