Royal Winnipeg Ballet Auditions Visit London

Royal Winnipeg Ballet School seeks next generation of professional dancers

Photo by Kristen Sawatzky

WINNIPEG – September 20, 2019.   Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (RWB School) is about to embark on a tour of 18 cities across North America in search of talented young artists with the potential to become professional dancers and dance teachers. RWB artistic faculty will kick off the 2019-20 Audition Tour in Western Canada on October 16, and make their way across Canada and into the United States, concluding in Thunder Bay on January 26.  Over the duration of the tour approximately 700 hopeful dancers will audition for one of three full-time programs: Ballet Academic (academic grade 6 and up), Aspirant (post-secondary), and Teacher Training (post-secondary).

“We are preparing to celebrate 50 years as a world-class professional training centre. It’s important to build strong and versatile dancers, but the RWB School also believes in raising young people with a strong work ethic and leadership skills, and who excel in academics. It’s incredible to see children as young as 10 years old dedicate themselves to the study of classical ballet.  I’m amazed by the students’ artistry, dedication, passion, and discipline every day,” says School Director Stéphane Léonard.

Auditions run one hour in length and are conducted in groups decided by age. Students must be entering academic grade 6 in September 2020 in order to audition. No previous training is required for young students and no special preparation is required for the class. In the audition, students will be led through barre and centre work, during which time they will be assessed on talent, aptitude for classical dance, flexibility, coordination, musicality, and artistry of motion.

“I myself was a late starter to dance, and was lucky enough to have a professional career in the industry. However, at the RWB School we know that starting at a young age gives dancers the best possible chance of success for a long and healthy career,” explains Leonard.  “The experience of auditioning is something you never forget, regardless of your age or where your career takes you.  It is a valuable because it allows you to discover and challenge yourself, build courage and learn to enjoy the journey.”

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.

“The Audition Tour is a wonderful opportunity to build connections with dancers, teachers, and studio owners. It’s inspiring to see what people are doing in studios across North America and we are proud to be a part of it,” says Léonard.

The RWB School Professional Division Audition Tour has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Manitoba Arts Council. The RWB School gratefully acknowledges the support of our 2019/20 Audition Tour Presenting Sponsor:  IG Wealth Management.

A proud supporter of the RWB, IG Wealth Management National Scholarship Program provides scholarships to aspiring dancers across Canada. The scholarships enable recipients to attend the second phase of the audition process, four weeks of training at the RWB School, and a chance to earn a place in one of the School’s full-year training programs in Winnipeg.

“We are so grateful for the support of our partners,” said School Managing Director Kate Fennell. “Companies like IG Wealth Management share our belief that young artists from coast to coast should have an opportunity to pursue their dreams, regardless of how far they may have to travel from home to make it happen. Through these scholarships and funding , IG Wealth Management is making professional training in the arts a little easier for Canadian families.

London, Ontario Auditions
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Dance Steps
275 Colbourne Street

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