artist renderings of our new facility OPENING SEPTEMBER 2016!

 
Be part of an exciting new dance experience, from the top floor a beautiful new building in Sage Creek!
 
 
 

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.

TESTIMONIALS

"We can't begin to tell you how very grateful we are to Marquis Dance Academy, to Angele and Kim and all of the wonderful talented teachers over the years and for the philosophy at Marquis that is a caring and supportive approach that nurtures the love of dance, builds confidence, strength, coordination and musicality. Marquis has always been a warm, welcoming and safe place for our girls to enjoy and develop their dance skills. We have many happy memories form many years of attending your school. I have loved taking our daughters to your school over the years and we are so appreciative of all the hard work and dedication put into Marquis Dance Academy to make it the special place that it is." - H. Hnatishin 

"The dance teachers are professional, skilled, and talented. I have seen students develop incredibly as dancers, and most importantly, seen the students' love of dance blossom and grow. They care about the students' physical and emotional health, and put that above stringent rules, which I know is not the case at all other studios. The climate encourages the students to support each other and celebrate each other's strengths, not compete against each other. I have witnessed over and over how the students are inspired, rather than jealous, when a peer does well. Standing outside the classes, hearing cheering, clapping and laughter, and seeing wide smiles is commonplace. On top of all that, the prices of classes, competitive groups and costumes are reasonable and affordable. They really are in the business of making high quality dance instruction accessible, and the positive interactions between instructors and students and among the students themselves, speak to the positive ethics being developed. They aren't about students being "perfect", but about the students being theIr "best selves" in terms of skill, technique and character!" - Cherilyn W.

"My children have attended Marquis Dance Academy for the past 8 years at different levels of involvement. It is evident that Marquis cares about all their students as the teachers in the competitive, intensive program also teach classes in the recreational program. Consequently, both children have benefited from highly skilled, trained staff. The communication is open. The management is open to suggestions, easily approachable, positive, professional, caring, and TALENTED." - R. M

"We moved to the area 5years ago and transferred our daughter to this studio. I'm so impressed with the professionalism and how easy and wonderful they made the transition for her. She now is on their competitive team, and I'm so impressed to see not only her skill in her dance forms flourish year to year, but her love of dance is truly nurtured. The teachers are incredibly talented and you can see the joy of dance they have in the way they teach our children. Special thanks to miss Carmelle and miss Lisa for being great role models for my girls. I highly recommend this studio to everyone. We now have my youngest daughter going there as well." - Felecia

"Excellent, well-rounded dance program for children. You can choose from a variety of dance classes. The Director is professional and exposes her students to different dance opportunities, events and exposures. Easy monthly payments. Kids/parents are not held down with contracts by the studio. Relax and light atmosphere. You can watch your kids' class through the glass window. Hip Hop program is the best one in the city." - Therese S.

"This school has provided for the children participating not only a love for dance and self expression through art and physical activity, it also encourages a sense of family amongst its members. I cannot thank this organization enough for giving my niece the gift of passion for a pursuit, and my sister a bond with the other parents. It was life changing for their family the day they walked in the door for the first time." - Natasha G

"I have had an amazing experience at this studio! Amazing training, amazing support, amazing teachers, everything is so positive! I learn so much every class! I'm always having fun!! Everyone is SUPER nice!! It is an amazing studio to train at! If your ever feeling down they cheer you up!! Amazing studio! I would NEVER think of ever leaving this studio!! Everything about it is so great I wouldn't change a thing! They are doing a great job and I thank them for that!" - Cayla G.

 

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.
 

 

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Ages 2 to 7 

 


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.

 

 

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Ages 7 to Adults

INTENSIVE PROGRAM



Our Intensive Programs are for students who wish to train more extensively and participate in 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.
 

 

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We presently have five Intensive Programs: Junior IP, Elementary IP, Intermediate IP, Advanced IP and Grad 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 works 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 three recitals 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.