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 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. She was the choreographer for the Team Canada adult division that brought home Canada's highest ballet results to date at the I.D.O. World Championships held in Poland. 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.
Angel Advincula is at the forefront of Winnipeg’s Hip Hop dance community. He has taught workshops and trained dancers throughout the country in cities such as Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver and Montreal. Much of his time has been invested teaching and setting choreography in Ottawa for various crews at the Canadian Dance Factory, Capital City Dance, J-Squared Dance Studio, Kali Andrews, Elite Dance Company and M.I.N. Entertainment. His teaching and choreography are in demand internationally. Hence, Angel has travelled to the U.S.A. to give workshops in cities such as Chicago, as well as to many cities in the Philippines, where his choreographies have placed first overall at various national finals. His considerable successes have come at all levels, from 9 years of age to adult. His choreographies on soloists and groups have earned the highest overall scores all over the continent. To name a few: Flashdance (Ottawa), Move Championships (Vancouver), American Dance Awards (Ottawa), B.Y.O.B. (Toronto), Terpsichore (Ottawa) and Move U.S.A. Nationals (Palm Springs, Fla.). Most recently, his L.I.V.E. crew also placed third at Hip Hop International Canada, and was a semi-finalist at the American HHI (Arizona). Angel has also been a judge for many Hip Hop competitions throughout Canada, the United States and the Philippines.
Locally, Angel Advincula has three In the Zone championship wins to his name, his most recent win at the final ITZ 10 competition with his own “L.I.V.E” team, a crew he created when he returned home from Ottawa. He has also been a principal choreographer for D.M.C.I.’s Finest high school dance team for the past three years. Angel Advincula is eager to forge ahead the tradition of Marquis Dance Academy’s strong Hip Hop program. We are very excited to have Angel join our dance faculty.
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. Her students consistently are awarded tap scholarships, and her tap teams continue to impress at competitions by placing in the overalls and by earning Adjudicator's choice at the Manitoba Dance Festival.
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. Most recently, Miss Carmelle's Brat Pack Hip Hop crew was awarded Adjudicator's choice and was showcased at the Manitoba Dance Festival.
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.
Quinn’s passion for dance began at the age of three. Over the years she has studied and competed regionally and nationally in genres including ballet, pointe, tap, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, modern, contemporary. She has also studied, pilates, conditioning, yoga, spanish and character. She completed her ballet exams through the Cechetti Society of Canada right up to the Advance 1 level; with highly commended being her lowest exam mark received. She is also presently in her four year University working towards a Bachlor of Commerce. She is overjoyed to be joining Marquis Dance Academy to share her love for dance with her students.
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 and is also a certified Acro teacher through Acrobatic Arts. She has 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. Miss 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! Most recently, Miss Justine travelled to New York, N.Y. to attend workshops at the New York Teachers Seminar. In 2017, Miss Justine's tap team was selected Adjudicator's Choice at the Manitoba Dance Festival, while her contemporary students continue to stand out and place in the overalls at various competitions. Moreover, Miss Justine's dedication to the art of teaching dance continues to inspire her students to become more complete and well-rounded dancers.
Shayna-Lynn has been dancing since she was 2 years old, and since the age of 8 she has been competing in many different styles including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, modern, and hip hop. Competing in dance has brought her to performing in many cities across Canada and into the United States, and even being invited to represent her country on Team Canada in Germany, tap dancing! She has taken an extensive amount of conventions, and had the opportunity to take class from many notable choreographers in the industry including Travis Wall, Sonya Tayeh, Mark Meismer, Stacey Tookey, and Ian Eastwood. Shay has studied extensively in the technical dance genres, having achieved her advanced 2 Ballet exam through the Cechetti Society of Canada, fully completed all of her Jazz examinations through the A.D.A.P.T. syllabus, and fully completed all of her Tap examinations through the Al Gilbert Method. She is looking forward to furthering her certification as a teacher this summer in Toronto, as well as in the years to come. Miss Shay is a versatile teacher, and loves seeing the improvement in her students as they grow and learn! She is excited to pass on her passion and love of dance to the young dancers here at Marquis.
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
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.
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.
Kelsey’s Dance journey started at the age of 5, here at Marquis Dance Academy. She has trained competitively in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip Hop over the past 8 years. She is the recipient of one Canadian National Dance Competition scholarship, two Marquis Dance Academy scholarships, and four Manitoba Dance Festival Hip Hop scholarships. She has had the privilege of competing on high level teams, directed by Wayne Santos, which have placed first at The Beat Down in Toronto and second at Artists Emerge in Edmonton. After studying Hip Hop under the guidance of Wayne for many years, Kelsey is excited to be passing on her knowledge to the students.
Stedroy has been dancing at Marquis since the age 12 and has loved every minute of it! With Wayne as his mentor and hours of learning dance moves from YouTube videos, he was able to compete his first Hip Hop solo - which led to 5 years of being undefeated in his categories at competitions such as: MDF, CNDC, 5678 Showtime, Thunderstruck and Dance World Cup - while obtaining the highest scoring number at several competitions. Throughout this time, he was fortunate to have earned scholarships and awards of distinction from Manitoba Dance Festival, The View Dance Challenge, Move Dance Competition Canadian National Dance Competition and Marquis Dance Academy. In addition to his involvement in the competition world, Stedroy started dance battling when he was 15 years old and continues to do so! Above all, he is extremely humble to have learned from influencers in the Hip Hop world such as: Wayne Santos, WilldaBeast Adams, Janelle Ginestra, Lando Wilkins, Bam Martin, Kyle Hanagami, Tucker Barkley and other influential dancers. Stedroy is honoured to have the opportunity to share his knowledge and experience with the students at the studio that help mold him into the dancer he is today.
Sarah is a graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division, and completed eight years of intensive training with the school and company. Sarah’s classical training focused on ballet and included modern, character, and Spanish dance. Sarah has choreographed and competed in the Professional Division’s annual First Steps Choreographic competition, and has extensive performance experience.
Sarah has had the opportunity to perform lead roles throughout her time with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division, and professionally as a part of the Aspirant Program. After graduation, Sarah had the opportunity to rehearse, perform, and tour with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Company as a member of the Aspirant Program for the 2013-2014 season. Sarah has performed with Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company’s corps de ballet in Winnipeg, and across Canada in Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and mixed repertoire shows.
Sarah is the recipient of various awards including: The Royal Bank of Canada Award, the University of Winnipeg Women’s Club Performing Arts bursary, Millicent Rockwell Donnelly Bursary, and is a two-time recipient of the Juanita Y. Scholarship for Artistic Excellence. Sarah has had the opportunity to work with Canadian dance legends such as: Evelyn Hart, Andre Lewis, Anna Marie Holmes, Peter Quanz, Mark Godden, David Moroni, and Jordan Morris.Sarah is excited to join Marquis, and share her love and enthusiasm for ballet with her students.