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, Acro, Lyrical/Contemporary, Musical Theater, and Pre-School Dance.

Faculty – Artistic Director


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”.

Faculty – Teachers


Surraya Aziz

Surraya Aziz is currently a dancer with Culture Shock Ottawa and PNL dance co. She was trained in ballet, tap, and jazz for 13 years at a local dance school. After graduating high school Surraya started to learn urban dance styles and fell in love with them. She currently teaches hip hop to youth at risk around the community. She also interns with Propeller dance, an integrative dance company that teaches individuals with varying disabilities.

Maya Dancey

Maya began dancing at Allegro DanceWorks when she was four years old, and has loved every moment at the studio. She has successfully completed her RAD Grade 8 ballet exam, and her ADAPT Intermediate 2 exams, and has competed in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, and Hip Hop routines at regional and national level competitions. Maya has worked as an assistant for many years alongside the ADW faculty, and has taught at ADW summer programs. While currently studying Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Maya has been a substitute teacher at ADW and other recreational dance studios in Ottawa. Maya hopes to bring the love and passion for dance to all her students.

Justin Feldbruegge

Justin has been dancing since the age of 3. The studio is his second home. His passion for dance is evident to all who work with him. He has trained in all forms of genres of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary and musical theatre. He has completed the Advanced 1 level with the Royal Academy of Dance and he is preparing for the Advanced ADAPT tap and jazz levels. He is an accomplished competitive dancer who has performed extensively at regional and national level competitions. In July 2017 he won the senior male titleist award at the Dance Canada Nationals. He is currently enrolled in the ADAPT TTS teacher training program. He is looking forward to another amazing year at Allegro.

Robyn Fleury

Robyn has been dancing at Allegro DanceWorks since she was 6 years old. She has successfully completed her Grade 8 and Advanced 2 RAD exams, and is preparing to complete her advanced level Tap and Jazz ADAPT examinations. Robyn has competed in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Musical Theater and Lyrical routines at regional and national level competitions. She is currently working to complete her RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, as well as her ADAPT and Acrobatique teaching certification courses. Robyn hopes to share her enthusiasm and excitement for dance with all of her students.
 

Dana Spencer

Dana has grown up developing her love of dance at ADW since the age of 3. She has successfully completed her RAD Grade 8 Ballet exam and is currently training at the Ballet Advanced 2 level. She is also in the process of training at the Tap Intermediate 3+ level and the Jazz Intermediate 3+ level. She has trained and competed in regional and provincial level competitions for Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. Dana has also worked alongside ADW teachers as an assistant for many years, taught at the ADW summer programs, and has been a substitute teacher for various classes. Dana is delighted to be teaching at Allegro and is excited to share her love of dance with her students.
 

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 Morrow

Registered Junior Acrobatique AcroDance Instructor
Acrobatique AcroDance Certification Intermediate Level - in Progress
ADAPT Certified (Jazz & Tap)

Stephanie has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop.  She has performed at various venues in the area as a part of an Ottawa based performing company. As a dancer herself, she competed in Ottawa and Toronto winning numerous awards.  She majored in dance at Canterbury High School, and received high marks for her choreography and artistry.  She followed her passion and began teaching at Allegro DanceWorks in 2005.  Stephanie graduated from TTS to become a fully certified ADAPT Dance teacher in 2012. She has also certified in the junior levels of Acrobatique and is currently completing Intermediate.
 

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 Bresee (McGruer)

Acrobatique AcroDance Certification Junior Level - in Progress

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.
 

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.


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