Arts

Performing Arts

Drama

Drama is important in the encouragement and development of individual creativity and expression. This course will provide constant opportunities to stimulate both creative thought and process. It will also allow for the expression of self in a sensitive and confident manner.

Drama is a collaborative art form. The problem solving, construction, negotiating, communicating, presenting and reflecting are collaborative activities in the drama class. By working in both real and imagined worlds, students will become better listeners, talkers, questioners and creators. Social confidence is also an integral aspect of the course and will be developed through drama activities which focus on co-operation, responsibility, self-discipline and communication.

Middle School Performing Arts


Our students take part in a yearly musical presentation that includes acting, singing and dance. These performances have been very exciting and each year our students look forward to their upcoming production. Rehearsals and preparation are an important part of the process and our students are always excited and eager to take part. Being in a performance is a valuable opportunity for students as they develop important skills and unforgettable memories.

Senior School Performing Arts

The Senior School program offers courses in choral, vocal jazz and dance. Each year, the program presents a Broadway musical or musical review. Past productions include Cats, Les Miserables, choreographed and directed by staff from the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre,and Beauty and the Beast. In 2014, the program painted the Sifton Family Theatre pink as they produced the Broadway hit Legally Blonde to rave reviews!


Dance

Junior School Dance
Our students study ballet from Childcare to Grade 5 as part of the regular school curriculum. The classes are designed to give each student age appropriate individualized attention to develop their musicality, creativity, technical and performing skills. Based on the RAD syllabus our ballet program also gives students the opportunity to perform in a yearly recital for family and grandparents to watch and enjoy.

Middle School Dance
Our students in grade 6, 7 and 8 study jazz dance as part of the school curriculum.
This program is designed for students to develop their physical strength, movement skills, musicality, creativity, and confidence. Students study various styles of jazz dance throughout the year in a supportive environment. Students are also given the opportunity to perform in the Middle School Musical as well as completing a unit on designing their own choreography.


Music

Junior School Music
 
Students in Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten participate in regular music classes each cycle. The students enjoy singing, playing, creating and listening to music. Students also perform at a holiday concert, Grandparent’s Day and classroom assemblies.
Students in grades one to five participate in both regular music classes and choir. In music class students develop their language and performance skills, composition skills, and listening skills. The central idea in music is “musical expression may be passed down through time.” The learning engagements in music class and the focus on choral performance in choir prepare students to express themselves musically and to appreciate a wide variety of music from various cultures and time periods.

The grade 1 to 3 choir and the grade 4 to 5 choir focus on developing their vocal skills including breathing, diction, phrasing, dynamics and blend. These choirs perform at the Remembrance Day Assembly, the Holiday Concert, the Music Festival, Grandparent’s Day, Family Luncheons and Closing Ceremonies. The choirs have performed well at the Winnipeg Music Festival receiving gold ratings and several trophies including the Mozart Shield and the Anne Tate Memorial trophy. The varied performances provide an opportunity for the students to express themselves musically.

Junior School Bell Choir

Grade 4 and 5 students may participate in an extracurricular bell choir. These students commit to extra practices outside of class time meeting once or twice a cycle to learn proper bell technique and to read the bell score. Students perform on the Schulmerich hand bells. We normally have two bell choirs because of the number of students desiring to participate. The bell choirs perform at the Holiday Concert, Grandparent’s Day and closing ceremonies.

Middle School Choir

In this program, students build on the fundamentals of music learned in the junior school program. Focus is put on developing performance skills, while also emphasizing connections from voice and arts to the wider world. From learning about how music can be used by a nation to fuel change, to sharing different visual perspectives to a piece of music, the Voice program in Middle School is a truly exciting experience.

Senior School Choir

The Senior School choral program promotes healthy singing technique and the opportunity to sing a variety of musical styles. In the past, the choir has performed classical, folk, popular, jazz and world music arrangements from international and local composers. Past performances include the Tim Horton's Brier, the Winnipeg Competition Music Festival and Choralfest.
 

Balmoral Hall School

Our mission at Balmoral Hall School is to inspire girls' imagination and courage to excel, to reach, to lead, to care.

We are a day and boarding school, offering an exceptional educational experience to girls aged 2 through Grade 12.