Royal Winnipeg Ballet

380 Graham Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4K2
ph: 956-0183
fx: 943-1994

Registered Charitable Number: 119129302RR0001

Arts & Culture (Main Focus Area)

Education (Secondary Focus Area)



Mission

Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet enriches the human experience by teaching, creating and performing outstanding dance. We carry out our Mission through the RWB Company of 26 dancers, founded in 1939, and the RWB Recreational and Professional Divisions, founded in 1962 and 1970.


Description

The RWB performs four productions of the highest artistic calibre for its home audience in Winnipeg each year, comprising 22-25 shows at the Centennial Concert Hall, plus three performances of Ballet in the Park, free-of-charge on the Lyric Stage. Our eclectic and accessible repertoire offers a balanced mix of classical, full-length story ballets and shorter works, contemporary pieces, and new creations commissioned by and for the RWB. The versatility, technical excellence, and captivating style that are trademarks of the RWB have earned us critical and popular acclaim at home and abroad.


History

Founded in 1939 by Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrally, the RWB is one of the oldest ballet companies in North America and one of the premier ballet companies in Canada. In 1953, we received our "Royal" designation, the first granted under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and became the first Royal ballet company in the Commonwealth. Since the beginning, we have taken our Company "on the road" to expand our market and serve as cultural ambassadors. The RWB is one of the most toured ballet companies in the world, and has visited nearly 600 cities in 44 countries.


Programs/Services

Main Stage Performances / Subscription Services Full-length ballets performed at The Centennial Concert Hall. Season subscribers get the best seats in the house, save up to 20% over single ticket prices, and receive a package of services.
RWB School - Professional Division The accredited Professional Program accommodates 100 students annually. Graduates of the program are highly sought after, and are employed in several countries as dancers, instructors, and choreographers. The majority of the dancers in our Company and teachers in our Faculty are former students.
RWB School - Recreational Division Over the course of the year, more than 1,000 students, ranging from age three to older adults, participate in 200 hours of classes per week, in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, Pilates, musical theatre, modern dance and general movement and fitness.
Higher Horizons Each year, the RWB donates nearly 1,000 free tickets to clients of local community service organizations who would not otherwise be able to attend our performances at the Centennial Concert Hall.
Concert Hour Ballet This series of performances and lectures held on-site in the RWB Building, in public schools, and at other Winnipeg venues, introduces thousands of students to the art of dance.
Dance Downtown This Open House event, held in conjunction with national Culture Days celebrations each fall, features free performances, demonstrations, and costume displays, and attracts hundreds of young families and dance enthusiasts to our facilities on Graham Avenue.

List of Agency Funds

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet has established the following endowment funds at The Winnipeg Foundation. To make a secure, online gift to any fund, click on 'Make a Gift'.

Alumni Fund Make a Gift
ANR Pipeline Foundation Fund Make a Gift
Canadian Pacific Fund Make a Gift
Chrysler Fund Make a Gift
Craig Scholarship Fund Make a Gift
Creations Endowment Fund Make a Gift
David Moroni Fund Make a Gift
Doreen MacDonald Fund Make a Gift
Dr. Cheatley Scholarship Fund Make a Gift
Endowment Scholarship Fund Make a Gift
Founders Scholarship Fund Make a Gift
Henny Jurriens Fellowship Fund Make a Gift
Imperial Oil Esso Fund Make a Gift
Jane McEvoy O'Donnell Make a Gift
Juanita Alexander Scholarship Fund Make a Gift
Julia Arkos Memorial Award Fund Make a Gift
Kally Kennedy Fund Make a Gift
MacEwan Fund Make a Gift
Mark Porteous Training Fund Make a Gift
Millicent Rockwell Donnell Fund Make a Gift
Odette and Odile (Defehr) Fund Make a Gift
Paddy Stone Scholarship Fund Make a Gift
Peregrine Scholarship Grant Make a Gift
Rose and Berel Sholom Memorial Scholarship Fund Make a Gift
Royal Bank Scholarship Fund Make a Gift
Spohr Scholarship Fund Make a Gift

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