It was in September of 1996 that Marquis Dance Academy first opened its doors in the Island Lakes area. Prior to that, Angele Lavergne, the school's director, had been teaching ballet & creative dance to Francophone students in the Saint-Boniface area in a studio located in St-Philip's church. This first school was called Ecole de Danse Classique, and had already been in existence since 1976.
Ecole de Danse Classique was originally founded by Genevieve Montcombroux. After her involvement with the world-famous Opera de Paris in France, Genevieve Montcombroux very much wanted to continue her love of ballet when she moved to Canada. Angele Lavergne was one of her first students at Ecole de Danse Classique and she was to learn the art of ballet from Montcombroux for years to come. Eventually, she encouraged Angele to pursue professional training at a variety of schools, including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet teacher's program. When Angele had completed many years of study, Genevieve Montcombroux offered her a position as the school's director in 1990.
After five years and seeking to expand the school, Angele Lavergne decided it was time to move to a different location. With the help of Kim Salamandyk, Marquis Dance Academy made its humble beginnings. Since then, the school has grown steadily every year, and so have the school's programs. For pre-school and younger students, Marquis now offers classes in Tutus for Two, Mini-Steps and Creative Dance as well as combination classes such as Pre-Tap/Pre-Ballet, Ballet/Jazz, Tap/Jazz. The school's regular programs include: Ballet & Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Modern and Adult classes.
"Quality instruction done with care" has always been the school's philosophy in teaching dance to students. This means that we do our best to make sure that all students receive the best possible dance training. To do this, we have made it a priority to have a teaching faculty that is highly qualified in terms of teaching experience and training. We are happy to have qualified teachers in all dance disciplines. For more information on our teaching faculty, visit our teaching faculty page to read some of their biographies. We have a great faculty of caring, talented and friendly teachers. Whenever you have any questions about your child's progress in class, feel free to approach a teacher after class and talk to him or her, or call the school.
We also want to instill a love of dance in students. In addition to being a great exercise in physical activity, dance is also an art form. Through dance, students not only learn technique, they also develop an appreciation of the art of dancing. They develop a sense of musicality and learn the importance of refinement and attention to detail. Performing on stage also encourages poise and the self-confidence in front of an audience. In short, dance teaches many life lessons that extend way beyond the studio classroom.