The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is doing something a little different this week with their students.
Instead of dancing numbers that have been dictated to them, students in the ballet school's professional division get to share their own choreographic talents in a competitive environment. It's called the First Steps Choreographic Competition and it allows the audience to see the professional students at their most creative.
Students taking part in the competition have complete control over their performance -- from the steps and movement, to the staging, casting, costumes and lighting. The competition has been going on since 1990 and was started at the behest of students who wanted to produce their own works.
From February 14 to 17 you can witness this future of dance starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet building, while winners of the competition will be announced at the First Steps Gala Performance and Awards Ceremony on February 18.