First Steps Choreographic Competition

March 7, 2021

March 28, 2021

Free; Register




Events Description


First Steps is an annual competition and performance of new choreography by senior RWB School Professional Division students. It is designed to increase students’ artistic sensitivity, awareness, and respect for the creative process and is an opportunity to discover if they have a talent for choreography and to give them the tools to explore their potential.

For 31 years, First Steps provides an intimate look into the creative process of the next generation of dancers and choreographers. The annual competition and performance by students of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division leaves audiences amazed by the incredible professional talent displayed by the choreographers, who are often as young as 15 years old. First Steps has given students the tools they need to become successful choreographers, enhancing artistic sensitivity through awareness and respect for the creative process: inspiration, rehearsals, wardrobe, lights, artistic mentorship and finally seeing the curtain rise and sharing it on stage with the world.

Since 1990, First Steps has produced some of the finest choreographers of the past three decades including: Mark Godden, Peter Quanz, and Jera Wolfe, along with countless dance teachers who have become experts at working through this process quickly, year after year.

First Steps has been a must-see performance for 31 years, due to the intimate and honest artistry on display. It can build you up and tear you down through the full spectrum of emotions conveyed by dance, and you will leave inspired to be more in tune to the world around you, and perhaps see how you can dance through life.


GETTING STARTED METHOD with Claire Marshall | MARCH 7 | 1PM – 2:30 PM

In this first workshop Claire’s approach will be geared towards ‘methods of construction and a how to get started’ in terms of creating material and then demonstrating how it can be arranged and rearranged.

The deadline to register for this workshop is Friday, March 05 at 12:00pm CST

COMPOSITION IN CREATION with Philippe Larouche | MARCH 14 | 1PM – 2:30 PM
The workshop will explore various aspects of composition. Philippe will give simple and clear directions on how to use a stage effectively. Insight on how to keep the audience focal point when there is a lot happening onstage along with transitioning the focal point from an element to another. In addition, Philippe will also address movement composition and choreographic composition. This choreographic workshop will tackle basic choreographic concepts. It will enable you to understand how to build movement effectively, how to use the stage to tell a story, how to use your personal values to guide your process and will teach you trade secrets for running rehearsals smoothly.

The deadline to register for this workshop is Friday, March 26 at 12:00pm CST

THE HOMEBODY CHOREOGRAPHER with Philippe-Alexandre Jacques | MARCH 21 | 1PM – 2:30 PM

A Two-Part Workshop:

Part 1:Tips and tricks for the creation process of a choreography with dancers via video-link. This section will involve live practice and experimentation of creative tools with members of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Aspirant Program.

Part 2: An exploration of the multitude of opportunities that exist for dance creation from home. This section will study examples of innovative solo creators that display their work online and in public spaces, highlighting the importance and legitimacy of these spaces as artistic venues.

The deadline to register for this workshop is Friday, March 19 at 12:00pm CST

EMOTION IN MOTION with Gabriela Rehak | MARCH 28 | 1 PM – 2:30 PM
In this workshop, Gabriela will share how she generates movement with a storyline in mind, and how she creates from a more theatrical place and how she finds vocabulary with intention! This is a workshop where to let your imagination roam and how to learn to trust your instincts.

The deadline to register for this workshop is Friday, March 26 at 12:00pm CST

Who is it for?
Participants must be 14 years of age or older


Tickets : Free; Register
How to get tickets?
Buy Online
After checking out, you will receive an email confirmation of your successful registration. After we receive your registration form, you will be contacted with the online link and some additional information about your workshop. Please allow 3-5 working days for this information to follow your registration.



Mon March 22 2021 @ 7:30 PM

Tue March 23 2021 @ 7:30 PM

Wed March 24 2021 @ 7:30 PM

Thu March 25 2021 @ 7:30 PM

Sat March 27 2021 @ 7:30 PM

Venue: Online


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