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is well-known across the country and around the world for providing excellence in dance education. Founded in 1970 by celebrated teacher and former RWB Company Principal Dancer David Moroni C.M., O.M., D.Litt, (h.c.), the RWB School offers classical ballet training based on the Russian system along with a full program of study in complementary dance forms. The RWB School has prepared thousands of dancers and dance teachers for meaningful employment in the profession. Alumni have gone on to exciting careers in all facets of the dance industry and currently make up over 80% of the RWB Company and over half of the RWB School’s artistic faculty.

Our dynamic artistic faculty is made up of gifted, versatile instructors from diverse backgrounds, working as a collaborative team to impart their knowledge to subsequent generations of dancers and dance teachers. Many of our artistic faculty have enjoyed successful careers as principal dancers, soloists and choreographers with professional dance companies.

The RWB School is dedicated to the development of well-rounded, versatile artists, enabling them to fulfill personal aspirations.

The Ballet Academic Program is a full time, seven-level program for young artists pursuing their dream of dancing professionally. Students enter the program as young as 10 years of age (entering academic grade 6) along with those who display potential and a passion to succeed. The RWB School has forged unique partnerships with two private academic schools, ensuring students are challenged and stimulated beyond the walls of our studios, thus enabling us to offer the best overall support to our student body.

The Anna McCowan-Johnson Aspirant Program is a full-time, two-year post-secondary training program designed specifically for advanced level classical ballet dancers who are making the transition from student to professional dancer. The focus of the program is two-fold: preparing students for professional auditions, and providing them with professional performance opportunities. One of the program’s many strengths is close, daily contact - including performance opportunities - with the world-renowned RWB Company.

Alumni of the program enrolled at the University of Winnipeg can have their studio and course work recognized by the Faculty of Theatre and Film with up to 18 credit hours towards their degree.

Please note that there is a new admissions process for the Teacher Training Program!  More information available soon on