Each year the RWB School travels in search of talented dancers to join one of three full-time professional programs: Ballet Academic (academic grade 6 and up), Aspirant (post-secondary), and Teacher Training (post-secondary). Students who are identified as having potential for professional training will be invited to attend Summer Session which acts as the second phase of the audition process. Running throughout the month of July in Winnipeg, Summer Session allows students to experience life at the RWB School first hand. After this month of intensive training, students who are deemed to be a fit for one of the School’s professional programs will be accepted into Regular Session which runs from September to June.
We provide classical ballet training based on the Russian system and supported with a full program of students in complementary dance forms, health, wellness, and life skills. Our approach produces artists who have the versatility to perform and teach a wide variety of dance styles and can enjoy long and fulfilling careers; it also produces responsible young adults who are well-rounded, creative, and who possess a strong work ethic and leadership skills. The connection to the RWB Company and exposure to the Company’s artistic staff are among the RWB School’s many competitive advantages. Alumni have gone onto exciting careers in all facets of the dance industry and currently make up 70% of the RWB Company and over half of the RWB School’s artistic faculty.
Master classes are available in most locations and are open to auditioning and non-auditioning dancers alike. These classes present an excellent opportunity for dancers to step outside of their comfort zone and work with different teachers than those at their home studios. Participating in a new exercise or receiving direction from a new teacher can resonate in a stronger way.