Quality instruction done with care.
These are some of the many attributes of our friendly talented faculty. 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 / dance experience and training. Marquis Dance Academy teachers have attended many teacher training and professional dance seminars all across Canada, the United States and Europe, and continue to do so. At Marquis, it is a priority to ensure the development of a nurturing teaching faculty that is qualified, certified, experienced and /or accomplished as dancers and teachers. We also have teachers and choreographers that have a wealth of experience as professionals in the dance industry, and they are most happy to pass on their knowledge and artistry to the next generation of dancers.
Angele Lavergne, A.I.S.T.D. (dip.), is a certified teacher of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Among other professional teacher's certificates, Madame Angele holds a Cecchetti Associate Diploma from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London, England, where she is also fully registered as a teacher of dancing. She has also studied dance, drama and music at the Saskatchewan School of Performing Arts, and studied at the Edmonton School of Ballet and the National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto. Madame Angèle's study of ballet has taken her as far as the world-famous Vaganova Academy of Ballet, in St-Petersburg, Russia. This most famous school of Russian ballet is home of the world's top ballet dancers and choreographers such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Anna Pavolova, Rudolph Nuryev, Maya Plisetskaya, Marius Petipa and Georges Balanchine. Many of Angele Lavergne's ballet students have won World Championship titles or have medaled at these events in groups or in solo performances. They have also been selected as scholarship recipients at numerous dance conventions and competitions, and her ballet and pointe numbers have been cited by adjudicators for choreography awards and competitions overalls at numerous competitions. Her students have also qualified and competed at both the semi-finals and finals of the internationally acclaimed Youth American Grand Prix (Y.A.G.P.)
Madame Angèle is currently a member on the Board of Directors of Dance Manitoba and is a member of the International Dance Council. Madame Angele has also taught many different dance workshops throughout Manitoba, and has adjudicated for different competitions in and out of province. Madame Angèle is the principal ballet & pointe teacher of the school, and she brings a unique blend of both Cecchetti and Russian ballet curriculums to the ballet program. As the school's director, she feels that it is important that all students receive the best possible quality and well-rounded dance training.
Kim Salamandyk has many years of teaching and performing experience. She has attended many teaching workshops and seminars including those of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the National Ballet School of Canada, the Ballet Arts in Minnesota as well as seminars in Los Angeles and in Florida. She has also assisted teaching classes with the Dance Educators of America. Miss Kim's students have brought back some of the highest awards achievable, at the provincial, national and international levels, including World championship titles. Many of Miss Kim Jazz students have been recipients of scholarships at conventions and workshops in Manitoba and in the United States. She has also received awards for her choreographies in many competitions. Miss Kim attended the Acrobatic Arts Center in Calgary and has completed her training of all levels (1-10) of the Acrobatic Arts Teacher’s Certification Program. Having completed her exams of both Modules 1 and 2, she is now fully certified under the Acrobatic Arts program. Miss Kim specializes in Jazz, Lyrical and Acro and is the principal Intensive Program Jazz, Lyrical and Acro teacher. Kim most recently attended the Dance Teachers Summit in New York, N.Y., where she attended a wide variety of teachers' workshops given by Master teachers from across the globe, such as Twyla Tharpe, Denise Wall, Bob Rizzo, and so on. She also attended the Paris Dance Tour workshops. This summer, Kim also attended the New York Teachers Seminar to further her teaching repertoire.
Wayne Santos is head of the hip hop department. He has danced Hip Hop for over 15 years and has trained dancers of all ages. Wayne Santos is presently the head choreographer of the Winnipeg Blue Bomber dance team. He is very excited to be sharing his passion for Hip Hop and to work with our students. Wayne's students and choreographies have won championships titles in: Chicago (World of Dance), Toronto (Beat Down Hip Hop Dance Competition : twice!), Edmonton (Artists Emerge), Winnipeg (In the Zone & Winnipeg's Best Dance Crew Competition), and in Vancouver (Move National Hip Hop Dance competition). Wayne Santos was selected to choreograph the Team Canada Junior & Senior Hip Hop teams that competed in Austria. Under Wayne's guidance, the Team Canada hip hop crew earned Canada's best ever finish at the I.D.O. World Hip Hop Championships. He also headed up a Hip Hop group that attended the World Dancesport Hip Hop competition in Taipei, where his crew came in 6th place. He has also travelled to Montreal and Los Angeles to keep up to date on ever-changing Hip Hop trends. He is an original founder founder / director and choreographer of the Sikat Dance Company, a competitive Hip Hop team. His dancers have opened for a show featuring America's Best Dance Crew season one winners: Jabba Wockeez. He has also taught Hip Hop in high schools, such as Oak Park and Tec Voc. His choreographies have consistently placed in overalls and/or have been awarded choreography awards by judges in all competitions his dancers attend. He most recently attended the Hip Hop International Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wayne has a passion for teaching that is second to none and is very much connected to the Hip Hop dance community at home and abroad.
Val has been teaching dance in Winnipeg for over 15 years and heads up our tap program at Marquis. Although tap is her forte, she also has trained in ballet, jazz and Irish Dance and has studied African dance in southern France. Mrs. Balcaen is an accomplished dancer, choreography and adjudicator. As a dancer, she has a number of awards to her credit such as, the First overall tap solo award at the C.N.D.C. national finals and the A.D.A.P.T. tap scholarship. Her excellence in tap was also recognized nationally when she was selected through national audition to perform Spirit of a Nation in B.C. Her choreographic credits include high school musicals, performances for Marquee Entertainment Inc., as well as local theatre productions. She has developed many great tappers over the years, and many of her students have excelled in competitions, earning the highest possible marks and scholarships. Mrs. Balcaen currently has students performing in Tokyo, Boston, New York, Las Vegas, Toronto and Vancouver. She is also currently a member on the Board of Directors of Dance Manitoba. She has also adjudicated at dance competitions. In addition to teaching, Val is the office administrator of the school. This summer, Miss Val attended the Dance Teacher Expo in Toronto and is looking forward to the new dance season.
Miss Justine holds a bachelor of Physical Education and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba. She has been teaching jazz, tap, hip hop dance to all ages for over 10 years. She completed the Intermediate level two A.D.A.P.T. Jazz and Tap exams, and has her level one coaching gymnastics certificate. As a certified teacher, she has also taught workshops and dance classes to high school students throughout the city of Winnipeg, and has taught academic courses and physical education classes in elementary, junior high and high schools in the Winnipeg and in Australia. Justine has also worked in local daycares. Her study of dance has taken her to many cities including: New York, Los Angeles, Los Vegas, Minneapolis (U.S.A.), Mexico D.F., Sydney (Australia) and London (England). She has been a profesionnal performer and choreographer in numerous dance shows. Justine also competed for Team Canada at the Gymastrada World events in Portugal, Austria and in Ottawa at the national championships. Other certifications and courses include: Athletic Therapy and Zumba seminars, Group Fitness, Resistance training and Nutrition courses. Justine Ducharme also has film and television experience. Hence, Justine brings a wealth of experience and training to her classroom and she is looking forward to another exciting year with the school! Most recently, Miss Justine travelled to New York, N.Y. to attend workshops at the New York Teachers Seminar.
Carmelle Hearn is a fully certified A.D.A.P.T. teacher in Jazz and Tap. She has trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet professional school in the R.W.B.'s Teacher's Course program. She's been a recipient of a Paris Dance Tour scholarship. She has also successfully completed her Cechetti Intermediate Teacher's certification. She has trained extensively in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap & Hip Hop at Marquis Dance Academy for years. She is an enthusiastic and dynamic teacher in the studio, and loves to see her students progress and develop their understanding of dance and their technique in various dance disciplines. She is a versatile teacher and currently teaches Hip Hop, Ballet & Jazz at many different levels.
Lisa Tomsic is a fully certified A.D.A.P.T. teacher in Jazz and Tap, having successfully completed the A.D.A.P.T. teacher training program. In addition to teaching, Lisa Tomsic works as an administrative assistant at the school. She has studied Ballet, Jazz & Tap since she was very young and has always had a passion for dance. She has always loved working with younger children, and has worked in a day-care in the past. Lisa Tomsic most recently studied at the Acrobatic Arts Center in Calgary and has completed her levels 1-10 of the Acrobatic Arts Teacher’s Certification Program. Hence, she is a fully certified Acrobatic Arts Teacher. She teaches creative dance, mini-steps and tutu's for two and pre-tap/pre-ballet, as well as the beginner levels for Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Acro at Marquis.
Georgia brings a wealth of knowledge and professional dance experience to Marquis Dance Academy. She is a graduate of the RWB’s professional division, having studied Ballet and Pointe under the Russian Vaganova Syllabus at every level. She also studied Modern ballet and worked on Spanish character dance. A very talented dancer, Georgia is the recipient of the Founders Scholarship, the Julia Arkos Memorial Award and the University Woman’s Club bursary.
From 2012 to 2014, Georgia Richtscheid was a company member of Ballet Jörgen Canada. She also danced with Cadence Ballet of Ontario. She has extensive performance experience in contemporary ballet, having danced a variety of choreographies with Cadence Ballet for Dance Ontario, ProArte Danza and City Connect Toronto. In Classical Ballet performances, Georgia Richtscheid has showcased in theatres across Canada, performing roles such as the Cygnet, a Mazurka dancer and in the corps de ballet in Swan Lake, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Ballet Jörgen Canada. Georgia also performed in Peter Pan, Anna Karenina and Sleeping Beauty for the RWB. Television experience includes The Listener, Season 5, where she performed as a ballerina.
Georgia has been a guest faculty teacher for Cadence Ballet, having taught classes and variations in Classical Ballet and Pointe at a variety of levels, from ages 11 to adult. She also taught repertoire to young ballerinas in New Brunswick. Georgia’s love of dance and professional experiences have inspired a desire in her to share her talents with the next generation of budding ballerinas. We are very happy to have Georgia join our dance faculty.
Jasmine Allard has studied multiple disciplines of dance in her early years of training at Marquis Dance Academy. She has been a recipient for Ballet and Lyrical scholarships at the Manitoba Dance Festival and has had the opportunity to compete alongside talented dancers in the World Dance Championships in Florida, New York, Niagara Falls and Vancouver. Jasmine has continued her study in dance at the School of Contemporary Dancers senior professional program in 2010 and now holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Dance from the University of Winnipeg. She is currently an active performing artist in the city of Winnipeg and is a company member with the Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. She is also working with independent artists across Canada and is constantly trying to discover new ways of movement and creation by attending dance workshops and festivals such as Transformation Danse (Montreal) and Young Lungs Dance Exchange (Winnipeg). She is excited to bring her passion for dance in the studio, to encourage creativity and to help find the highest potential from her students.
Mona Gagnon holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the University of St-Boniface. She currently teaches grade 2 at a French elementary school. She has also taught many dance workshops, classes and created dance clubs in multiple elementary and high schools in rural Manitoba.
Miss Mona has been teaching hip hop to students ages 2 to adult for over 10 years. Her students have received prestigious awards at the provincial, national and international levels. Her choreographies have also won many awards and have helped students bring back many Junior Hip Hop Scholarships, Judges Choice Awards and Overall Highest Mark Awards for years. One of her hip hop crews won 1st place in the junior category at In The Zone 7 competitions. The same crew also competed Mona's routines at an international dance competition in Las Vegas and one of her hip hop soloists placed 4th in the teen solo category, 7th for duos, as well as 2nd for trios and small groups. Miss Mona believes it is important to always train in order to keep up with the ever-changing world of hip hop. She has recently taken classes in Montreal, Toronto, Las Vegas and Los Angeles and will continue to do so.
Miss Mona adores sharing her passion of dance with all her students. She provides a high-energy class that focuses on developing and improving skills, abilities and musicality in a comfortable environment.
Ashlee Stapleton has danced competitively in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, and Pointe over the past 12 years. She has received two Hip Hop Scholarship’s from the Manitoba Dance Festival, Top Professional Soloist from The View Dance Challenge, and Dancer of the Year at 5678 Showtime. She has had the opportunity to compete in many different locations nationally and internationally. Dance World Cup took her to Niagara Falls (Ontario) and Vancouver (B.C.). She was also selected to compete with Team Canada at the IDO World Hip Hop Championships in Krakow (Poland) and Graz (Austria). Ashlee earned the privilege to work with industry choreographers Brian Friedman and Tucker Barkley when she was cast as a dancer for the Sentinels Crew in the film “Bravetown.” After several years of assisting Wayne Santos she would like to continue dancing and begin passing on her knowledge and passion for dance with the students of Marquis Dance Academy.
For many years, Ana Karen has excelled in dance in Manitoba, nationally and internationally. She is a three-time Manitoba Dance Festival Ballet scholarship recipient, and was the featured ballet soloist at a M.D.F. Gala showcase. She most recently placed in the "top twelve" out of 145 dancers at the international ballet competition, the Youth American Grand Prix (Y.A.G.P.), at the semi-finals in Chicago, U.S.A. for both her Contemporary solo and her Pointe solo. Ana also won the highest overall score for all senior solos at the Canadian National Dance Championships (C.N.D.C.), for another Pointe solo, which was to be the first time the highest overall score was awarded to a ballet number in Winnipeg. She also took the highest overall score for all entries, including groups, at the Tunderstruck Canada dance competitions, as well as the 5678 Showtime Competition. Most of Ana Karen's dance training has been done at Marquis Dance Academy after having trained for two years in the R.W.B.'s professional division. During her training at Marquis, Ana Karen has won multiple Elite Gold and Gold with Honours awards for her solos, trios and group numbers for Ballet, Pointe, Modern Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Lyrical. She has also captured both gold and silver medals at several Dance World Cups in Montreal, Vancouver and Niagara Falls. She also has been the recipient of many dance scholarships from CNDC, Fresh, Jump, Triple Threat and 5678 competitions and conventions. Most recently, she travelled to Toronto to attend ballet classes at the O.I.P. studio, and took ballet classes at Ballet Divertimiento in Montreal. While in Montreal, miss Ana taught ballet workshops for the Comomango Dance Company in Montreal. Miss Ana is also one of Manitoba's top salsa dancers and has travelled to Montreal and New York to attend workshops in Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue and Bachata. She is currently training under four-time world champion salsa dancers David Zepeda and Paulina Posadas, as she will compete in national and world cup salsa championships.
She has continued her professional development as a teacher of ballet by studying at the world-famous American Ballet Theatre (A.B.T.) in New York, N.Y., where she has already completed her certification of the levels pre-primary through level III. She has been on staff at Marquis since 2012 teaching mini-steps, creative dance and ballet at a variety of levels and is happy to share her knowledge, passion and experience in dance with future generations of dancers.
Ana Karen most recently won the Pro-Am World Salsa Championships in Miami, Florida and will be on leave as she will pursue the Professional title at the next Professional Salsa Championships. We wish her the best of luck!
Melanie is a fully certified Acrobatic Arts teacher having completed her Module 1 & 2 courses. Melanie enjoys teaching all levels of Acro from beginners to highly advanced students and has been teaching since 2012. She is also N.C.C.P Level 1 certified in Artistic Gymnastics and has several years of coaching experience. Melanie is a graduate of the University of Manitoba having attained a Bachelors’ Degree is Recreation and Community Development (B.R.M.C.D.) Melanie began acrobatics at four years old and has since studied various styles of dance, artistic gymnastics, cheerleading, contortion, aerial acrobatics, hand balancing, and Pilates. She has competed and trained in dance and gymnastics across Canada and the United States. Melanie continues to train in acrobatics, contortion, Pilates, and hand balancing regularly and occasionally performs professionally. Melanie enjoys creating Acro dance choreography that blends dance and Acro as seamlessly as possible. Her competitive pieces have won several judges choice awards, all around high score awards, Manitoba Dance Festival Gold Honours awards, and audience choice awards. Melanie is passionate about teaching and loves sharing her knowledge and skill with her students