Established in 1996, Marquis Dance Academy offers quality dance instruction done with care.  The school offers a variety of classes taught by experienced and qualified teaching faculty.
 

 
 
 

Regular Programs

From kids to adults we have the class for you! Our classes include a variety of dance styles from Ballet, to Hip Hop, to Tap and much more. Make sure to check our Registration page to view our class schedule.

Intensive Programs (I.P.)

For those students wanting to train more extensively, we also have more intensive programs. Students who express such an interest and who have the ability to pursue more intensive dance training are invited to audition for one of our Intensive Programs.

Summer Programs

Each summer Marquis Dance Academy hosts a variety of dance workshops, as well as it's own Summer Intensives. Check out our Summer Programs page to which event are taking place.

 

 

"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 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."

 

 

Programs for our younger students are completely unique to our school.


AGES 2 TO 7

tutus for two™   (for 2 year olds)

Mini-steps™   (for 3 year olds)

creative dance™   (for ages 4 to 5)

pre-tap/pre-ballet   (for 5 year olds)

Ballet & jazz   (for ages 6 to 7)

Tap & Jazz   (for ages 6 to 7)

classes en franÇais   (ages 3 à 6)

 

AGES 7 & UP
 

BALLET

HIP HOP

JAZZ

TAP

POINTE

CONTEMPORARY

ACRO

ADULT CLASSES

Our IP Programs offer some of the best dance training available in Canada.

 

For those students wanting to train more extensively, we also have more intensive programs. Students who express such an interest and who have the ability to pursue more intensive dance training are invited to audition for one of our Intensive (IP) Programs. These are classes that are typically marked "by audition only"  on the schedule. Annual open auditions will be held at the end of each dance season in June. (See School Calendar for audition dates and times). Students that are already involved in the IP programs are also required to re-audition ever year; this process allows teachers to reassess the progress and motivation of the IP students, while providing an opportunity for other students to enter the IP programs.

Because all dance forms are based fundamentally on ballet technique, students who pursue the complete intensive program must take IP ballet classes. Ballet will also help these students to progress more rapidly in other dance forms, while encouraging fluidity of movement and strengthening the dancer's overall abilities and presentation.
 

 
 
 
 

We presently have four intensive programs: Junior IP, Elementary IP, Intermediate IP and Advanced IP Auditions are open to anyone interested in entering the program. Students can audition for the following intensive program classes: Ballet & Jazz (two classes per week for both), Tap, Lyrical and Hip Hop. IP students may also take part in extra choreographic work in formations such as: solos, duos, trios or other groups. Students interested in this type of work will be asked to make this known to the school through a form letter that will be distributed to all IP students. The teaching faculty can also invite individual students to do the same. Choreography and rehearsal fees are paid directly to the teacher.

 
 
 
 

Because IP students are expected to be committed to the program, they are required to be present at all competitions and recitals. These dates are posted on our School Calendar page at the beginning of the dance season. Intensive Program students should also make a point of attending all local dance conventions as they travel through Winnipeg. Moreover, they are also asked to be consistent about attendance in class in order to ensure individual improvement, as well as the progress of the entire group. After all, the word "dance" appears in "attendance"!

 
 
 
 

Every year we finish off our dance season with our annual spring Recital shows held at the Centennial Concert Hall.

 

Each year ends with spring recital at the Centennial Concert Hall. The recital is always an exciting part of a dancer's development as a performer. All classes, with the exception of Tutus for Two and Adult Ballet, are included in the recital. There are typically two or three recital shows. All participating students must purchase a costume. (See Dress Code & Policies for costume details). 

 

Tickets

Tickets are distributed by Ticketmaster.

These can be purchased by phone (780-3333), in person at all Ticketmaster locations and online at  www.ticketmaster.ca. If unsure as to what show you want to purchase tickets, refer to your Newsletter and locate your the class(es) in the recital schedule.

 

Video taping & Photography

During Marquis Dance Academy recitals, audience members are free to video-tape their children if they wish to do so. Though people may also take pictures of the performers, we strongly discourage the use of flash photography for the safety of our dancers. Keep in mind that professional individual & group photo packages are done earlier during the month of May by professional photographers during Picture Day. These are all made available for pick-up and purchase during recital rehearsal. In addition, all recital performances will be video-taped professionally and are available for pre-order during the rehearsals. The video-taping of recitals is done as a service by the school for audience members. 

 

School History

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.

 

School Philosophy

"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.