Marquis Dance Academy offers quality dance instruction done with care.  We offer a variety of classes taught by a qualified and experienced teaching faculty.

 
 

Regular Programs

From kids to adults we have the class for you! We offer a variety of dance styles including Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Acro and much more. 

Intensive Programs (IP)

The school has a multitude of competitive streams to suit every level of dancer.  Entrance into Intensive Programs are by open auditions. 

Summer Programs

Check out our Summer Programs page for information on when theses events are taking place.

 

 

"We want to instill a love of dance in students. Through dance, students not only learn technique, they develop a sense of musicality, coordination and refinement. Performing on stage in front of an audience, encourages poise and self-confidence. In short, dance teaches many life lessons that extend way beyond the studio classroom."

 

 

There are so many benefits that come from taking dance classes, including: developing self-confidence, focus, improved motor-skills, team work, creative thinking, musicality, exercise, better poise and posture, setting and reaching specific goals and of course making new friends!  Research has clearly shown that these benefits also extend to improved performance in an academic setting. All programs that we offer 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

Intensive Programs (IP)

 

Our Intensive Programs are for students wanting to train more extensively and be part of competitions. In June, the school holds open auditions for anyone who would like to try out. (See School Calendar for audition dates and times). 

Students who audition for the technical IP program (jazz, lyrical, contemporary) must include the required IP ballet classes. Ballet will 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. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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

All our recitals are video taped by professionals, orders can be placed before and during recital. Class photos will be taken also by professionals in the spring.

 

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. When Angele 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 felt the need to offer families and the community a more beautiful, upscale, professional and inspiring facility. And so it is that Marquis Dance Acadamy will be leaving the strip mall setting and relocating to a brand new 8000 sq. ft. building custom designed to accommodate a state-of-the-art dance school. Doors will open September 2016.

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. For more information on our teaching faculty, visit our teaching faculty page to read some of their biographies. 

We also want to instil 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.