Creative Manitoba seeks an Independent Artist Programs Manager

Creative Manitoba strengthens, represents and connects Manitoba’s artists and creative communities by providing professional development, entrepreneurial arts training, and mentorships. We are currently seeking a motivated, creative individual to join our team in the role of Independent Artist Programs Manager. This is an excellent opportunity for a practicing entrepreneurial artist seeking a day job that is compatible with their creative practice.

The purpose of the Independent Artist Programs Manager position is to develop, implement, and evaluate Creative Manitoba’s independent artist/creative entrepreneur programs such as the Art of Managing Your Career (AMYC). The ideal candidate will be part of a large network of artists working in a range of disciplines and will have spent time managing their own creative enterprise. This is an important role that provides the opportunity to have valuable impacts on the careers of artists and creative entrepreneurs.

The IAP Manager is responsible for managing a suite of existing programs including the AMYC, various partnerships and the artist coach access program. As well, the IAP Manager will monitor the state of the arts community and be in a position to identify needs and implement new programs as required.

The ideal candidate will be well organized, have great communication skills and be able to work in an open environment in a collaborative manner. We are seeking someone with a post-secondary arts degree or equivalent work experience and who is well connected in our arts community.

This is a full-time (35 hours per week with flexible schedule) contract, renewable on an annual basis.

Salary range based on $33,000 to $35,000 annual salary, commensurate with experience. Creative Manitoba staff are eligible for Extended Health and Dental Benefits–50% of the cost of these benefits will be paid by Creative Manitoba.

Please submit a résumé with 3 references, and a cover letter to the Executive Director, Creative Manitoba via email –  by 5 pm Friday, September 29, 2017.

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The Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB)’s storybook season begins on September 27 with renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and The GoblinAdapted from the fairytale by Victorian novelist George MacDonald, the critically-acclaimed story ballet is a dazzling romp through a fantastical world where goblins reign and courageous children battle for good over evil. Running at the Centennial Concert Hall until October 1, the RWB is thrilled to bring this epic quest back to stage.

Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and The Goblin was co-commissioned by the RWB and Atlanta Ballet; the ballet had its initial premiere in Atlanta in February 2012 before making its Canadian premiere in October of the same year. The work received high praise from the Wall Street Journal, which characterized the ballet as “intriguing and moving,” while The New York Times called it “enchanting and funny…a powerful image of love.”

“We knew we had to bring Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and The Goblin back to the stage considering how well-received the ballet was during its Winnipeg premiere in 2012,” said RWB’s Executive Artistic Director André Lewis. “Tharp’s iconic choreography, when coupled with the talents of the RWB and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, is sure to elicit the same crowd-pleasing response.”

Tharp, one of contemporary dance’s most eminent figures, has created a true delight for audiences of all ages. With its clever choreography, original costuming and dramatic staging, The Princess and and The Goblin is, at its heart, a captivating tale of humility and forgiveness.

The Princess and The Goblin is about growing and finding strength and courage on your own. It’s funny, tender, and touching,” says Sarah Hillmer, Atlanta City Ballet Mistress and Stagehand to Twyla Tharp. “The Princess and The Goblin is very fun to dance for the Company. When Twyla puts on a show, you are going todance!”

Not only is Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and The Goblin a treat to perform for RWB Company dancers, but for RWB School students too. Twenty-six students from both the RWB School’s Professional and Recreational Division have the exciting opportunity to dance on stage in this full-length production.

Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and The Goblin has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada, theCanada Council for the Arts, and the Manitoba Arts Council.

Subscriptions for the 2017/18 Season are still available through the RWB Customer Service Office by calling 204-956-2792. In addition to Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and The Goblin, RWB’s Season of Storytelling includes:Nutcracker, Ballet Jörgen’s AnastasiaThe Sleeping BeautyCarmina Burana, and Serenade. Subscribers save up to 20 per cent over single ticket prices and benefit from several perks such as discounts on additional tickets, free ticket exchanges and priority seating for future seasons.

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What: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and The Goblin
Location: The Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date: September 27- October 1, 2017
Time: September 27-30 at 7:30pm; October 1 at 2pm
Tickets: Tickets are available online at, 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.


In conversation: Michele Shuster

We’re headed into fall and wrapping up some of Manitobans favourite summer activities, one being Rainbow Stage.

Dance Manitoba spoke with Dance MB member and Dance MB Festival alumni, Michele Shuster, who spent her summer performing in Rainbow Stage’s Mamma Mia, as Lisa, one of Sophie’s best friends and bridesmaids, about her experience and some advice she might have for young Manitoba dancers.

“My favourite part of being involved in the production, by far, was dancing to the music of ABBA. My mom always had ABBA playing around the house, so getting to dance around to some songs I’ve known forever was awesome,” Michele Said.

All of the music for the production was done live, and the performers sing in booths backstage even when they are not performing, in order to create the effect ABBA used in the recording studios.

On stage, the choreography is sharp and athletic.

“When paired with the synth and electric sounds from the orchestra, it takes the experience to the next level,” Michele said.

Michele got involved with Manitoba’s dance community at a young age. Growing up, Rianbow stage was an annual event for Michele and her family.

“We would get dressed up and walk into the huge dome in the park. Over the years, I had many dance teachers work at Rainbow Stage. Seeing someone I knew up on that stage was a constant reminder that one day it could be me,” Michele said.

Michele took every workshop possible offered by Dance Manitoba, and was able to make lots of connections to choreographers and dancers from around the world, many who she has worked with over the course of her career.

“Recently, I adjudicated on a panel for George Brown College in their dance department, and the head of dance remembered who I was. He had given me my first Gold Honours, nearly 20 years before,” Michele said.

“The dance community is small, and Dance Manitoba does an excellent job of bringing in people from across the country to create even larger connections. Growing up as a dancer in Winnipeg forced me to find what makes me stand out from others. There will always be dancers with higher kicks, more turns, or faster feet, but because the quality of dancers is so high, it lets us remember we are all unique. That uniqueness is what eventually gets you jobs in the industry,” she said.

For Michele, her favourite part of being in Manitoba’s dance community, is the moment when she realized the people she’s been calling her competition are always your biggest supporters.

“Since leaving Winnipeg, I am constantly excited to see people I grew up with excelling and pursuing their dreams. I have worked with dancers and choreographers from so many different studios, and the fact we can all reminisce about many memories is awesome.”

Michele says being from Winnipeg allows dancers to have connections to people, and you can never know what doors those connections will open.

“If you actually want to work as a professional dancer, choreographer or performer, you can’t focus on winning or losing, but instead allow those around you to inspire, push and drive you to further yourself. One day you may be sharing a small room with your childhood rival as you both dance on a cruise ship!”

If Michele could give one piece of advice to young Manitoba dancers who have big dreams of performing, it would be to “dream big, and then dream bigger!”

“If you really want something, you have to figure out the steps to get there. Set realistic goals and work at them constantly and diligently. Goals of winning an award aren’t helpful, because at times, that is out of your control. Setting a goal to take all of the Dance Manitoba workshops you can, or attempting to take on a solo out of your comfort range is doable. Many Winnipeggers are out there striving to give Winnipeg a place on the dance map, and there’s no reason why any young dancer can’t be part of that legacy.”

Thanks for letting us get to know you, Michele!

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Hip-Hop Instructor – Call it Dance

Call-It Dance in Elie (20 mins from west end of the city) is looking for an experienced hip hop teacher ASAP, in hopes of making it a permanent position for dance seasons moving forward.

The candidate must have experience teaching all ages from 9 to Adult – Beginner to Intermediate/Advanced and have demo clips of choreography.

Pay is up to $25/hr depending on experience.  Classes are on Wednesdays from 6-9pm (3 classes) at the studio in Elie

Please email with resume or any questions you may have.

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Moving Inspirations Dance Festival – Mark your Calendars!

The breath-taking spectrum of emotions of many of Canada’s acclaimed dance makers will gather in Winnipeg to share their moving inspirations.

We are alive because we move,

We move to bring our intellectual thoughts to life

We are the whistleblowers & the peacemakers of society

Dance is life,

We live to dance, we dance to live.

We dance to inspire in times of sadness & happiness

We dance in times of hatred & love

We move to inspire ourselves & you & you & you…

-Casimiro Nhussi-

Moving Inspirations Dance Festival, Nov. 2nd -3rd & 4th 2017 Winnipeg

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The Accessibility for Manitobans Act

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RWB’s Barre After Hours

 At 9 PM on September 9, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) building at 380 Graham Ave. will open its doors for the third-annual Barre After Hours.   This 18+ event invites the public to an unforgettable night filled with non-stop entertainment and a chance to mingle with RWB Company dancers in support of the RWB.

Company dancers don’t just attend Barre After Hours, they plan it too.

“This event is a great way for our community to meet RWB dancers.  We do what we do on stage for them and I think it’s really important to get a chance to meet face-to-face,” says Sarah Davey, RWB Company dancer and Barre After Hours Co-chair.  “Barre After Hours allows our performances to become that much more special because of the connections made with our audience.”

This year’s Barre After Hours features a “Crashing The Royals” theme alongside live performances by Skene Music, the notable Ron Paley, and the up-and-coming Moroccan-born singer/songwriter: Faouzia.

“When I perform, I feel as though I am telling a story. To have people listen and relate to my words is the most rewarding feeling because I know that I can help others this way,” says Faouzia. “If I make just one person smile, or feel as though they are not alone – I have done my job well.”

Tickets are just $40 and are available online at, in person through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue or by calling 204-956-2792.

“Barre After Hours is an event where the community is invited to mix and mingle with the dancers of the RWB at the RWB building,” says Stephan Possin, RWB Company dancer and Barre After Hours Co-chair. “Attendees can expect to enjoy specially crafted cocktails, finger foods and desserts, live music, live dancing, live art, and much more!”

Stay up-to-date with Barre After Hours by following the event on Twitter: @barreafterhours, Instagram: @rwbbarreafterhours, and by joining the Facebook event here.   Be part of the conversation with #barreafterhours.

Barre After Hours gratefully acknowledges the support of their Event Sponsors: Birchwood Jaguar Land Rover Volvo Winnipeg and Winnipeg Building & Decorating Ltd.


What: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Barre After Hours
Location: 380 Graham Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date: September 9
Time: 9 PM – 2 AM

Tickets: Tickets are available online at, 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.

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Art Holm Performances


Alexandra Elliott (with Hilary Anne Crist) || dance
Richard Inman || music
jaymez (with Ming Hon) || new live video work


live performance


Friday, September 22 || 8pm
Saturday, September 23 || 8pm
Sunday, September 24 || 8pm


618 Valour Road
(church converted house)


because I wanted to show my work, but not an entire hour of my work.
so i asked hilary to help me curate a show with other performers.
i must credit Amelia Ehrhardt from Dancemakers for planting the seed.


Tickets for the Art Holm performance series are now available online for only $10 plus $1.35 service charge.

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Holy Wild

Holy Wild, brings together Tanja Woloshen, and Lise McMillan, for a new contemporary dance work. As a surreal experiencing of our relationships to wilderness, Holy Wild is a calling to freedom, finding, & getting lost, a diptych of wayfinding.

Conception + Design + Performance: Tanja Woloshen

World Premiere: 17, 18, 19 August 2017 at Cre8ery Gallery and Studio 125 Adelaide St 2nd floor

8pm Performance/ Doors open 7:30pm
Reception to follow performance on 19 August

Limited seating available; Please reserve:
Tickets $15 with advanced reservation/ $20 at the door- cash only

Tanja Faylene Woloshen  BA Hon/ MFA/ BEd

Tanja is a contemporary dance artist and educator, with a profound curiosity for Butoh; she continues to research, practice, and share the earth of this form. She is inspired by the holistic imagination, and embodied knowledge. Her work focuses on themes of recognition, otherness, and non-linear identity. Recently she has collaborated with many fabulous dance, theatre, and visual artists, including, Lise McMillan, Mia van Leeuwan, Natasha Torres-Garner, Ming Hon, Andraea Sartison, and Sarah Anne Johnson. Upcoming projects include a dance presentation at the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) annual conference, movement design for Theatre Projects Manitoba’s upcoming season, and further development for Mia van Leeuwan’s Destroy She Said: Part Two!!


Lise McMillan is an independent dance artist based in Manitoba. Lise has performed in Canada and abroad with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (2007-2014) in works by Sasha Ivanochko, Susie Burpee, Serge Bennathan, Brent Lott, and Rachel Browne. Independent work includes Sinha Danse, C. Medina Dance (Austria), Delfos Danza (Mexico) and independent creators Johanna Riley, Alex Elliott, Treasure Waddell, Natasha Torres-Garner and Tanja Woloshen. Lise is the co-director of TheDancePost, an organization serving Winnipeg’s dance milieu. Lise holds her B.A Honours Degree in Dance, and is a graduate of the Professional Program of The School of Contemporary Dancers.

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Rainbow Stage Presents Mamma Mia

ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a Mother, a Daughter and Three Possible Dads.

Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!
Writer, Catherine Johnson’s, sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.
The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.

August 10 – 31, 2017

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