Fonds - Royal Winnipeg Ballet School fonds

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Royal Winnipeg Ballet School fonds

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2.28 m of textual material + 26 cm of photographs + other material.

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The RWB School consists of both a Professional Division (PD) which trains young artists for careers in dance, and a Recreational Division (RD), known as the General Division until 1997, which provides dance programming to over 1,500 students each year. The School of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet opened under the direction of former RWB Principal Dancer, Jean McKenzie, on September 30, 1962. Although talented students had always been offered scholarships to be trained professionally, Arnold Spohr officially established the Scholarship program, under the direction of the programme's first teacher, Ted Patterson, in 1964. The scholarship programme continued as part of the General School until it was renamed the Professional Division in 1972, the same year that David Moroni was appointed its principal. 1972 was also the year that the RWB Company, General Division and Professional Divisions became separate entities. A Junior Division to the Professional Programme was added in 1980. In 1985, the Professional Division received accreditation from the Provincial Department of Education. A Student Residence, located at 236 Carleton Street, opened in 1995. In 2011, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School became a partner school of the Prix de Lausanne.
Besides the Ballet Academic programme, the Professional Division comprises of the Aspirant Programme which began in 2000 and a Teacher Training Programme which began in 1991. The Aspirant programme is a full-time, two-year post-secondary training program for advanced level classical ballet dancers, and the Teacher Training Programme is a three-year post-secondary program that provides training for a career in dance education. The post-secondary Aspirant Program works closely with the Company and often performs in full-length RWB shows, such as Nutcracker and Giselle, and every year, students from both divisions are on stage with the Company in Nutcracker.

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The records of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School came to the RWB Archives as part of several transfers of records from the RWB School administration, Residence staff, and the RWB Marketing Department.

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The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School fonds includes the following series: Records of the Board (1962-1985); records of the School Committee (1967-1994); records of the Executive (1981-1985); records of the Curriculum Committee (1973); records of the Scholarship Committee (1970); records of the Nijinski Scholarship; records of the Don Quixote performance (1996); Spring Concerts (1966-2016); In Concert (1979- 2015); First Steps (1992-2018); On The Edge (2001-2018); Concert Hour Ballet (1971- 2018); Dance Spectrum (1979- 2017); Steppin’ Out (1995- 2018); records of the 20th Anniversary Gala (1990-1991); records of the 25th Anniversary Gala (1996); special presentations (1992); records of the David Moroni Gala (2004); Graduation records(1972-2018); Dance Experimentations [1970s]; Scholarship Presentations (2000- 2018); Family Fun Day (2009); Ballet Examinations (1979-2001); “The Toy Castle” (2004); records of the Teacher Training Programme (1992-2010); records of Arnold Spohr (1968); “Ballet Girls” (2005-2007); reports (1987 -2007); records of the Residence ([1984]-2017); class lists (1979-1998); financial records (1970-1987); University of Manitoba (1979); press releases ([1960s]- 2018); Professional Division newsletters (1981-2006); Recreational Division newsletters (1985-2004); “Front of the Class” magazine (2008-2009); Alumni and Friends newsletters (2006-2007); promotional material (1962-2018); Professional Division Statement of Purpose (1977-1978); records of David Moroni (1972); École de Danse Classique; Recreational Division marketing (2005-2006); accreditation records (1983); newspaper articles (1962-2017); records of the Canada Council (1976-1993); records of the Manitoba Arts Council (1975-1992); correspondence (1962-2007); catalogue (1981-1982); reference material; class notes ; Five Year Outline (1983); Dance Festival Preview (2003-2017); Professional Division certificate samples (2006-2011); records of the Dauphin School of Ballet (1973); records of the Mosaic Massey Festival (1975); records of the Aspirant programme (2010); class music; records of the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir (1996); records of the 40th Anniversary (2011); agreement between The Canadian School of Ballet and the RWB (1962); Spotlight (2016-2018); Professional Division yearbooks (1986-2009); records of the Guaranteed Student Loan programme (1983); records of the Winnipeg Arts Council (2017); records of the Summer School (1983-1988); records of the RWB Satellite programmes (1987-2013); records of the Manitoba Arts Gaming Fund Commission (1990); Dance Fever (1990); records of Superior Propane (1990); records of the Brandon Division programme (1985); Christmas programme (1988); “New Home For Christmas” lyrics (1987); photographs ([1960s] -2009); and audio-visual material (1977-2004).

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Access to the class lists are restricted.

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The Manitoba Archives is another custodian of the records of the RWB School, but are now stored off-site.

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See also the biographical records (BS) of individual staff and alumni members of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.

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