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


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).
 

Hailey Lamont

ADAPT Certified (Jazz & Tap)

Hailey started dancing at the age of three. By six years old she was training and dancing competitively in all disciplines of dance. She later became an assistant teacher at twelve, in various disciplines including hip hop, jazz, lyrical, ballet, and theatre. Hailey has won numerous awards and scholarships including a NYC Hollywood Bound scholarship, countless overalls for highest scoring soloist and group dances, and a featured dancer in both the Fifa Women’s World Cup Draw and the Odyssey Showcase, Gift of Jazz. Currently, Hailey is completing her ADAPT Teacher Training. Hailey is very excited to be joining the Allegro DanceWorks family.
 

Helene Gagne

Diploma RBS (TTC), ARAD, RAD RTS

Helen began her full-time vocational training at the age of 8, at The Arts Educational School in Tring Park, England, where she received an intensive arts & academic education for 9 years. She then went on to attend & graduate from London's prestigious Royal Ballet School, gaining her Teachers' Training Course Diploma, in addition to achieving many advanced qualifications as both a dancer & teacher. After teaching in & around London, she made the move to Canada in 1992, to join the teaching faculty at Greta Leeming Studio of Dance, in Nepean. Since then, Helen has had the joy & privilege of training, coaching & serving numerous dancers & their families, within Ottawa’s dance community. 28 years on, she continues to share her love & passion for Classical Ballet, teaching at several venues across the city. With a teaching career spanning over three decades, Mrs. Gagné continues to learn & grow as a teacher! Most recently, she utilized her time away from the studio, during the COVID-related closures, to further expand the scope & breadth of her knowledge & qualifications in dance- & teaching-related subjects. During this time, Helen successfully acquired two Canadian Red Cross Psychological First Aid Certifications (in both Self-Care & Caring for Others); completed the RAD's Mentoring training course; participated in the 2020 on-line series of The Royal Ballet School's (RBS) Teachers' Training Webinars; attended the RBS Online Summer Intensive lectures & interviews, and took part in numerous Zoom presentations & discussions, with dance professionals from across the world! Helen has been a member of the RAD since 1984, is a Registered RAD teacher, and holds her Teaching Certificate in Benesh Movement Notation. She currently specializes in training RAD Vocational students, successfully entering them for examinations at all levels, including Solo Seal. In the studio, Mrs. Gagné is commited to providing a positive, encouraging & focused learning environment for all participants. She upholds the RBS core teaching values of Trust-Compassion-Humanity, and strives to inspire, challenge & motivate her students towards achieving their full potential. In doing so, she hopes to help nurture an intellectually engaged, & artistically dynamic, generation of performers!
 

Justin Feldbruegge

ADAPT Certified (Jazz & Tap)

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.
 

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.
 

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

ADTA Certification Junior Levell

Michelle started dancing at Allegro DanceWorks when she was 7 years old, taking classes in Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop. She became an assistant teacher at the age of 10, and she started working in the studio office at the age of 13. She has completed her Acro Dance Teacher’s Association (ADTA) junior level certification. She has always had a passion for dance and music, which she hopes to share with her students.
 

Robyn Fleury

ADAPT Certified (Jazz & Tap), RAD Adv2

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.
 

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, Stephanie 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. Stephanie 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.
 

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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