History


Allegro DanceWorks, established in 1999, is a dance school dedicated to offering professional and recreational dance training from pre-school through to qualifying students as accredited professional dance trainers or performers. The highly qualified faculty provides a challenging and exciting program to dance lovers of all ages.

Whether you are looking for recreational or intensive dance classes, Allegro DanceWorks has something for you! Our mission is to develop strong dance technique, foster artistic expression and promote the enjoyment of dance.

Classes are offered in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Pre-School Dance.

Faculty – Artistic Directors


Nancy Feldbruegge

B Com, Adv ADAPT, RAD RTS & Teaching Dip, CDTA

Nancy Feldbruegge is a well-established dance teacher, performer and choreographer. She has performed extensively in industrial shows, musical theatre performances, dance competitions, fashion shows and she has been featured in a rock video. Several of her former students have gone on to successful professional performing careers in Canada and the United States. Nancy graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honors Degree in Commerce. She has an Advanced certificate in the ADAPT (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers) in Jazz and is a Full Member and Registered Teacher of the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) in Ballet as well as the CDTA (Canadian Dance Teachers Association). Nancy spent a year in London, England to complete a diploma in the teaching of Ballet at the RAD Headquarters.

She passed the teaching certificate exams for Grade Level and Major Level students with “Distinction”. During her stay in London she also attended classes at the Pineapple and DanceWorks studios where she trained with international choreographers and professional dancers. She was selected to perform in a British pop video. Nancy is well known for her choreography. She has won several awards in dance competitions in Canada and the United States including a Five Star Choreography Trophy in Montreal. Her choreography extends into the musical theatre world where she worked with the Company of Musical Theatre and the JCC Theaterworks to choreograph “Anne of Green Gables” and “And the Winner Is” respectively. Nancy also enjoyed performing the role of “Cassie” in the Company of Musical Theatre’s production of “A Chorus Line”.

Vivian Melsness

BA, B Ed, Adv ADAPT, RAD RTS

Vivian Melsness is both an accomplished performing artist and teacher. She is a Full Member and Registered Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and received her Advanced certificate from the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT). She trained in the Musical Theatre program at the Randolph Academy of the Arts (Toronto) and has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. As a dancer of Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Modern, Vivian has competed successfully in Toronto, Montreal and New York. Vivian graduated from the Classical Ballet program at E.S. De La Salle and also trained at the Quinte Dance Center (Belleville) and L’école supérieure de danse du Quebec (Montreal).

Vivian has taught at several dance studios across the city and has won numerous awards for her choreography throughout the Ottawa region. Her stage credits include: “Cassie” in A Chorus Line (Orpheus), “Squeaky” in Assassins (Black Sheep Productions), “Angelina” in Trial by Jury (Savoy Society), Cabaret and The Music Man (Orpheus) and Anne of Green Gables (Company of Musical Theater). Vivian has sung and acted professionally and in 1999 became a full member of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio. Vivian brings a rich artistic background to the studio and has a real passion for teaching.

Faculty – Teachers


Celeste Ferguson

Celeste has been dancing at Allegro DanceWorks since the age of 10. She has successfully completed her Intermediate RAD exam, and is currently completing her Intermediate level Tap and Jazz ADAPT examinations. Celeste has competed in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theater, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip hop routines at regional and national level competitions. She has worked for several years as an assistant and teacher for ADW summer programs. In addition to dancing at Allegro, Celeste dances in Future Shock Ottawa, a Hip Hop troupe dedicated to youth outreach. She has always been a very passionate dancer and wishes to inspire her dance students with her love of dance.

Robyn Fleury

Robyn has been dancing at Allegro DanceWorks since she was 6 years old. She has successfully completed her Advanced 2 RAD exam, and is currently completing her Intermediate level Tap and Jazz ADAPT examinations. Robyn has competed in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theater and Lyrical routines at regional and national level competitions. She has worked alongside the directors of ADW as an assistant for several years and has taught at ADW summer programs. She brings enthusiasm to her classes, and hopes to nourish a love of dance in all young dancers.
 

Katie Gauthier

Katie has studied extensively in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Hip Hop. She began teaching dance and producing choreography for her home studio in New Brunswick in 2006.
While studying Political Science and International Affairs at Carleton University, Katie taught at several dance schools in Ottawa. She was selected to join Culture Shock Canada, a Hip Hop troupe dedicated to offering youth outreach dance programs internationally. Katie now acts as Co-Artistic Director and Youth Outreach Director for Future Shock Ottawa, coordinating dance programs for youth at risk. For Katie, teaching and sharing her passion for dance continues to be an amazing experience.
 

Shannon Granger

A graduate of Ryerson University Theatre Dance Program, Miss Granger holds both her Teaching Certificate and Teaching Diploma with the Royal Academy of Dance, London England. She has been teaching Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Modern, Contemporary and Tap for over 20 years and has taught workshops and adjudicated at dance competitions across Canada and the United States. Many of Miss Granger’s students have gone on to professional dance careers with The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Ballet BC and have performed professionally.
 

Lesley Greene-Chabot

Lesley began dancing at the age of 3 and never looked back. She has trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap. Throughout her years of training, she became a full member of the RAD and completed the advanced level modern dance examination through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). During her years of dance, Lesley successfully competed in various competitions around the Ottawa area. She has been teaching ballet since 2000, and is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance.
 

Alex Hall

Alex Hall was trained in UK and has been dancing her whole life. She studied Ballet (RAD) and was trained in the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) syllabus for Jazz and Tap. She graduated in both Graduate 1 and Graduate 2 levels from the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA UK) for Jazz, Tap and Theatre Craft. Alex gained her teaching experience at the Parkland Dance Studio in Bury, Lancashire, UK teaching Ballet, Jazz and Theatre Craft to children ranging from 3-16 years of age. Alex has performed in amateur and professional productions in the UK, including Carousel and Snow White (Gracie Field Theater, Manchester).
 

Stephanie (Harrison) Morrow

Stephanie has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop. She has performed at various venues as a part of an Ottawa based performing company. She competed in Ottawa and Toronto winning numerous awards. Stephanie majored in dance at Canterbury High School, and received high marks for her choreography and artistry. She started teaching in 2005 at Allegro DanceWorks. Stephanie is a certified Jazz and Tap Teacher (ADAPT).
 

Lisa Hash

Lisa trained in Ballet, Jazz and Tap with Canadian School of Dance and Les Petits Ballets. Lisa was part of the National Synchronized Skating team, competing for Canada at the French Cup in Rouen, France, and winning Gold in 2000. After achieving a Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Lisa’s passion for Dance brought her to ADW. She began dancing again and started teaching in 2008. She has completed the ADAPT Teachers’ Training Course and is a certified ADAPT teacher in Jazz and Tap.
 

Michelle McGruer

Michelle started dancing at Allegro DanceWorks when she was 7 years old, taking classes in Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop. She has worked in the studio office since she was 13 years old and has been an assistant teacher, a substitute teacher and a summer camp teacher at ADW for the past several years. Michelle was also an assistant teacher and spotter in the Allegro Acrobatique classes. She has always had a passion for dance and music, which she hopes to share with her students. Michelle is thrilled to be apart of the ADW teaching faculty.
 

Jean Neveu

M Neveu is an accomplished dance educator who as been teaching for the past 30 years, molding students of all ages in North America in the art of dance. He is a graduate of the ADAPT (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers) TTS program and a full member with the BATD (British Association Teachers of Dance). As a former student of the prestigious Toronto's Ryerson University Theater Dance Program, he had the opportunity to train under the tutelage of Nadia Potts, Maureen Consolati, Karen Duplisea, Stelio Calagias and Vicki St-Denys. During that period he performed for many choreographers such as Danny Grossman, Timothy Spain, Vicki St Denys to name a few. Upon his return to Ottawa, M Neveu has taught dance in many elementary and secondary schools as well as many studios in the Ottawa and surrounding area. He then continued his training with Le Groupe de la Place Royale under the direction of Peter Boneham, where he performed for such choreographers as Yvonne Coutts, Susie Burpee, Meaghan O'Shea and Anik Bouvrette. Some of his performing accomplishments include such venues as 'The Canada Dance Festival', 'Dance Advance', 'The National Art Centre', 'Burnished Works', 'Dans/ce Kapital', 'The National Art Gallery', 'La Nouvelle Scene', 'The Betty Oliphant Theatre' and 'The Arts Court'. M Neveu is an accomplished choreographer and dance educator that continues to pass on his knowledge and love of dance to all of his students and continues to enrich is versatile repertoire through workshops, conventions and seminars.


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