RWB’S Ballet In The Park Returns with new repertoire

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) kicks off their 78th season with a long-standing Winnipeg summer favourite: Ballet In The Park.   Running from July 26 – 28, this free family event returns to Assiniboine Park for three outdoor performances on the Lyric Theatre stage at 7:30 pm nightly. Presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Ballet In The Park has been an annual Winnipeg tradition since the early 1970’s, attracting more than 20,000 people from Winnipeg and beyond.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company dancers will perform Lila York’s Celts, a crowd-pleaser from their 2016/17 season. The RWB School Professional Division students will dance a pas de trois of The Fairy Doll, while the Recreational Division students will be treating the audience to a Grease medley.
“There is no cost to attend Ballet In The Park, which makes it a wonderful and accessible outing for families,” states Arlene Minkhorst, RWB School Director.   “I personally enjoy seeing the youngest audience members who simply cannot help themselves but join in and dance in the beautiful park space. For many people, the opportunity to watch the dancers warm up before the show is as interesting as watching them actually perform.”

Aside from the performances, Ballet In The Park offers a pointe shoe toss, colouring, face painting, and a contest to win a pair of tickets to Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and The Goblin.

“Ballet In The Park is a must-see summer tradition, showcasing the amazing talent of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet,” says Peter Hak, CEO, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. “We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of an event that not only supports the arts, but brings the ballet to the community each year, making it accessible to all.”

Ballet In The Park has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Manitoba Arts Council. The RWB also gratefully acknowledges the 2017 Ballet in the Park Presenting Sponsor: Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries. 

Cancellations due to inclement weather will be issued by local radio stations as well as on the RWB website Patrons may also contact the RWB reception desk for cancellation information at (204) 956-0183.

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Rainbow Stage General Auditions

Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage will be holding General Auditions for the 2018 Season on:

Monday August 28, 2017.

Deadline for submissions Friday, August 11, 2017

Audition Requirements:

  • One contemporary monologue (1 minute maximum in length)
  • One song from the standard musical theatre repertoire that shows off vocal range and abilities (there will be an accompanist provided; no a cappella auditions and no CDs).

Should there be an opportunity for children age 15 and under in our 2018 season, details and requirements will be announced at a later date, so please do not submit at this time.

Actors are invited to apply for an audition time by sending an electronic copy of their resumé and headshot to Jessica Holt, Executive Assistant
Please Include ‘General Auditions’ in the subject line

Artists whose work is familiar to Ray Hogg will not be required to do a general audition, but should submit a letter of interest, an up-to-date headshot and a resume to .

In an effort to reduce paper consumption through the submissions process, Rainbow Stage is only accepting electronic submissions. Please do not submit any hard copy materials; they will be recycled without review.

Priority will be given to Equity Artists. Equity members will be seen first at all open audition calls. Artists cast in the 2018 season will be engaged under an Equity form of contract. Equity members please bring your member cards to the audition.

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Free showing in Winnipeg

Alex Elliot will be taking Logarian Rhapsody to a festival in Vancouver called Dancing on the Edge. This piece is a commission from choreographer Tedd Robinson and composer Charles Quevillon that premiered last year in Winnipeg. The incredible Ian Mozdzen is flying all the way from India to get this duet back on it’s feet.

Ian and Alex are performing on Friday, July 7th at 7pm and Saturday, July 8th at 9pm. Please tell your west coast friends to make it down to the Firehall Arts Centre for a fantastic show. They are sharing a bill with Yvonne Ng/tiger princess dance projects and Chick Snipper.

There will be a Free showing in Winnipeg on Tuesday, July 4th at 6:00pm-6:30pm at Nafro Studio, 109 Pulford, 2nd floor.

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Creative Manitoba Re-brand

What happened to the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba? We’re still here! We changed our name to Creative Manitoba, but we continue to provide the same professional development, mentorship and networking opportunities for artists and cultural workers across Manitoba.

We offer a range of services for artists and cultural workers—from business skills development to youth mentorships and Indigenous programming to a creative coworking space. While our programs run near to capacity, many people were unaware of the scope of our work and of the programs offered. Over the past three years, our board and staff have worked diligently to streamline our strategic goals and communication plans. The rebrand consists of a new name, logo and tagline.

The purple in our new logo symbolizes creativity. It is also the colour of Manitoba’s official flower, the prairie crocus. The crocus shape is similar to that of paintbrush bristles, reinforcing Creative Manitoba’s support of the arts sector. Use of a circle shows Creative Manitoba’s work as a uniting element to connect various creative communities. The three crocus petals symbolize Creative Manitoba’s work to strengthen, represent and connect Manitoba’s creative communities.

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RWB welcomes four dancers and promotes five

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) proudly announces the promotion of five dancers and the addition of four, totaling 26 Company dancers.

RWB’s new roster features Alanna McAdie’s promotion from Second Soloist to Soloist, Liam Caines’ promotion from Corps de Ballet to Second Soloist, and Jesse Petrie ’s promotion from Apprentice to Corps de Ballet. Halfway through the 2016/17 season, Yue Shi and Saeka Shirai advanced from Apprentice to Corps de Ballet.

“I am very excited to be returning to the RWB for the 2017-18 season as a Second Soloist,” states Liam Caines, RWB Company dancer. “Having danced with this Company for 10 seasons, it has been a goal of mine for a number of years to have this opportunity. I look forward to taking on the responsibility and future challenges this will provide me.”

Joining the RWB Company is Australian-born Stephan Azulay who most recently danced with the Nevada Ballet Theatre and Peter Lancksweerdt, who joins us from the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada.  Both Azulay and Lancksweerdt will take Corps de Ballet positions.

“These promotions will further highlight our dancers’ talent as they take on more challenging roles and move up within the Company,” states André Lewis, RWB’s Executive Artistic Director. “I am thrilled to showcase RWB’s talent, both from established and new Company dancers, in our 2017/18 season.”

The RWB also welcomes two Apprentices from the RWB School Professional Division’s Aspirant Program:Victoria Jenkins and Liam Saito.


Alanna McAdie: Born in Edmonton, Alberta, McAdie trained at the Edmonton School of Ballet before beginning her professional training with the RWB School Professional Division. After graduating in 2009, she joined RWB’s Aspirant Program before becoming a Company Apprentice in 2011. From there, McAdie was promoted to Second Soloist in 2015.  Since joining the RWB Company, McAdie has danced notable roles such as: Giselle (Giselle), Clara (Nutcracker), Wendy (Peter Pan), Helena ( The Faerie Queen – A Ballet Based On A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and was chosen by Mark Godden for Niska (Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation).


Liam Caines: Originally from Kingston, New Brunswick, Caines danced in Saint John at Rothesay Ballet, then at Port City Dance Academy before starting his training at the RWB School Professional Division in 2003. Caines was invited to join the RWB Company in 2007 and was promoted to Corps de Ballet in 2009.  Repertoire highlights includes Drosselmeyer (Nutcracker), Hilarion (Giselle), and Clergyman (Mark Godden’s Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation). In 2014, Caines was hand-picked by James Kudelka to perform the role of Lead Man in his ballet The Four Seasons.  Most recently, Caines performed alongside Evelyn Hart in the World Premiere of Kudelka’s Vespers.


Stephan Azulay:  Australian-born Azulay trained at the Academy Ballet in Sydney, Australia, from 2006-08.  From there, he obtained his Advanced Diploma in Dance, Certificate III in Dance, from the Victorian College of the Arts. Azulay continued his ballet training at the Australian Ballet School from 2009-11. Following this training, Azulay danced for two years with the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group and three years with the Nevada Ballet Theatre.  Azulay has performed as Bluebird (Sleeping Beauty), Von Rothbart (Swan Lake), Mercutio (Romeo Juliet), and Albrecht (Giselle).

Peter Lancksweerdt: Born in Belgium, Lancksweerdt began his studies at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp. At 14 years, he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. He graduated in 2013 and continued his training in the Classical Junior Ballet of the Conservatory. There Lancksweerdt danced several roles and classical variations including Romeo and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliette by Paul Chalmer and the role of the principal dancer in Études by Harald Lander. Lancksweerdt won prizes at several ballet competitions such as Biarritz and Valenciennes. With Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada he danced in Piaf, Phantom of the Opera, and Ghost of Violence.

Jesse Petrie: Ontario-born Petrie began her ballet studies at the age of three. She studied at the School of Dance in Ottawa under Mary Ross before being accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in 2009. Petrie joined the RWB School’s Aspirant Program following her graduation in 2013.  Here, Petrie was given the opportunity to dance in many RWB productions before joining the Company as an Apprentice in 2015.

Yue Shi: Born in China, Shi began studying ballet at the Liaoning Ballet School at the age of 10. Throughout his training, he has participated in many international ballet competitions and garnered several awards. Shi was invited to join the RWB School Aspirant Program when he competed at the Jackson International Ballet Competition. Shi joined the RWB Company as an Apprentice in 2015 and has danced the roles of Prince (Nutcracker), Pas de Six (Giselle), and Jester (Swan Lake). In the summer of 2016, Shi won Silver in the prestigious Varna International Ballet Competition.  In the beginning of 2017, Shi guest performed the role of Prince (Sleeping Beauty) with Sofia National Opera Ballet.

Saeka Shirai: Born in Japan, Shirai trained with the Yuki Ballet Studio under Yuki Morita for 7 years. In 2009 she performed in the Youth American Grande Prix New York finals and in 2011 she competed at the Prix de Lausanne, where she was offered a scholarship to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division. She received a full scholarship every year after that until she graduated top of her class, with distinction in 2014.  Shortly after a very successful first year in the graduate program, Shirai was offered a contract with the RWB Company. Since joining, she has performed major roles such as the Giselle pas de six, Clara (Nutcracker), and the leading role of Tinker Bell (Peter Pan). In the summer of 2016, Saeka won Silver in the prestigious Varna International Ballet Competition.


Victoria Jenkins: Born in San Diego, Jenkins trained at the California Ballet School before studying at the RWB School Professional Division. Jenkins graduated with distinction from the RWB School Professional Division in 2016 and RWB’s Aspirant program in 2017. Notable roles for Jenkins have been Nikiya (La Bayadère), White Swan pas de deux (Swan Lake), and Violka (Romani Song).

Liam Saito: Massachusetts-born Saito began training at East Street Ballet and the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet before being accepted into the RWB School Professional Division.  After graduating in 2015, Saito continued his training with RWB’s Aspirant program, which he graduated from in 2017.  Notable performances for Saito have been the Grand pas Classique pas de deux and Peter Quanz’ In Tandem.

 To purchase tickets for the 2017/18 season

Season subscriptions are now available in person through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue or by calling 204-956-2792 or toll free 1-800-667-4792. Groups of ten or more should contact the RWB Customer Service Office for more information on group discounts.


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Job Posting: Registration Coordinator!

Staffmax is looking for someone bright and bubbly for Performing Arts school located on Scurfield. This is a permanent, part time position with varying hours including evenings and weekends. This is the perfect career for someone who has flexible availability and a passion for performing arts!


  • Administrative Support to the Director, Office Manager & other staff.
  • Strong Sales & Customer Service skills.
  • Responsible for direct communication and correspondence with customers.
  • Data entry duties assigned
  • Responsible for the Reception desk

Education and Experience

  • Excellent Written & Verbal communication skills in English at a professional level.
  • Highly organized with a strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to learn quickly & take initiative.
  • Accuracy and thoroughness to ensure work is completed correctly and at the highest quality.
  • Strong interpersonal skills & a demonstrated ability to work well with co-workers and customers.
  • Proficiency with office equipment & computers. Solid skills using software especially Microsoft Word & Excel.
  • Comfortable learning new online systems and experience using online sites in general.
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Office and Customer service experience preferable
  • Proven honesty, discretion & punctuality required.

Key Competencies

  • verbal and written communication skills
  • Extremely pleasant demeanor, kind and compassionate
  • professional and polished personal presentation
  • customer service orientation
  • must clear a criminal record check, child abuse registry check, and vulnerable sector check

Wage will range between $14-20/hr depending on qualifications. Please send resumes to

We thank all who apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Arts Mentorship for Youth



Youth, ages 19-29 (new age limits for 2017-18!), can be mentored in any artistic discipline; in creative, administrative or technical categories. Within their chosen artistic area, the program’s aim is to offer:

·         Structured one on one mentorship from a recognized professional
·         Networking opportunities within the industry
·         Volunteer work experience
·         Development of essential skills and knowledge of the arts and cultural sector
·         Mentors receive a $2,000 honorarium for participating in the program

The program will run from September 2017–May 2018
Final date to apply* is June 26, 2017

Full guidelines and applications are available at:

*There are three ways to apply for this program:

1.       Mentor and youth may apply as a team, with the mentor acting as the youth’s nominator.  For the year of the proposed pairing, the youth cannot be a registered student or an employee of the mentor.
2.       A youth may apply without a specific mentor in mind, and if selected, ACI Manitoba will make their best effort to find an appropriate mentor.
3.       A mentor may apply individually, indicating their interest and availability, and will be kept on file for a potential match up.

The Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba strengthens, represents and connects Manitoba’s arts and creative industries. The Careers in the Arts Youth Mentorship Program is funded by the Province of Manitoba.

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Audition Notice: The Great Big Boo

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RWB Spotlight Open Rehearsal and Performance

RWB School Experience Opportunity!
Spotlight Open Rehearsal & Performance
Presented by RWB School Professional Division

Join the RWB School Professional Division for the Open Rehearsal of Spotlight!

When: Thursday, May 18 2017 at 4:30pm

Where: RWB Founders Studio @ 380 Graham Avenue

Host: Artistic Coordinator & Aspirant Program Director Stephane Leonard

What to expect: An intimate look at how students and staff prepare for a performance followed by a reception with the dancers

The RWB School Professional Division comes together once a year to share its stories and successes in the enchanting showcase: Spotlight. Spotlight is the culmination of the tireless work these young dancers put in each year. They take their experiences from every warm-up, every class, every rehearsal and showcase that passion and dedication in an eclectic 90-minute performance that highlights their unwavering commitment to the art form. Taking what for some is their first step onto the professional stage, 80 young artists from across Canada and around the world promise to give audiences of all ages and tastes something to rave about!

Purchase your tickets at You can also reach the Box Office by calling 204-956-2792 or in person at 380 Graham Avenue.

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, May 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm

For more information and to read our media release please visit our website

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2017 Summer Studioworks Program









July 10-14 | Daily 9am – 5pm
JR – ages 10-14 | SR – ages 15+

Classes in acting, singing and dance with Manitoba’s finest Instructors
Summer Showcase
Canada Games Ceremonies

Registration Fee $450
Early Bird Discount $405 by May 31, 2017
Scholarships Available, Limited Enrolment

Location: Asper Centre for Theatre and Film
Enrolment to all classes by audition

For more information contact Brenda Gorlick at
(204) 284-8645

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