Our Teachers

Vanessa Plettell-Chevrier, RAD, ADAPT

Vanessa Plettell-Chevrier, RAD, ADAPT

Ballet, Jazz

Vanessa Plettell-Chevrier is a classically trained ballet dancer with the Royal Academy of Dance. Raised in Lethbridge Alberta, she was a scholarship student for five years at the Banff School of Fine Arts Summer School and in New York City with Alvin Ailey and Joffrey Ballet. Her passion for teaching and choreography has well prepared her students for exams, competitions and performances. She holds her Major Advanced Ballet Dance Certificate and Teaching Certificate and she is a Registered Member with the Royal Academy of Dance (A.R.A.D.).

Delrina Watson, RAD, ADAPT, PBT, Acrobatic Arts

Delrina Watson, RAD, ADAPT, PBT, Acrobatic Arts

Ballet, Acro

Delrina began dancing at the age of 3 and was classically trained in Ballet with The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus, and trained in Jazz and Tap with the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT) syllabus. She has completed various dance exams in Ballet (RAD), Jazz (ADAPT) and Tap (ADAPT). Delrina is a Registered RAD Ballet Teacher (RAD RTS), Certified Jazz and Tap Teacher (ADAPT), Certified Progressing Ballet Technique Teacher (PBT), Certified Acrobatic Arts Teacher and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. She is an accomplished dancer, teacher, and choreographer, who regularly attends dance teacher courses and workshops to progress her teaching and choreography skills for her students. Delrina’s enthusiastic personality and positive approach to teaching motivates and encourages all of her students as they grow and learn through the art of dance.

Gemma-Lee Watson, ADAPT

Gemma-Lee Watson, ADAPT

Hip Hop

Gemma-Lee is a Certified ADAPT teacher, however her ultimate passion has always been lied in Hip Hop. She began dancing at the age of 3 and she is quite accomplished, having won special awards and overall highest scores at various dance competitions. Gemma-Lee’s dedication to her students of all ages never goes unnoticed. She believes in using an imaginative approach and is devoted to being the type of dance teacher that continues to inspire her students both inside and outside of the studio. Gemma-Lee knows from experience that dance teaches many valuable life lessons. Outside of dance, Gemma-Lee holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Communications and enjoys spending time outdoors and travelling.

Caitlin McKay

Caitlin McKay

Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop

Caitlin McKay is a Royal Academy of Dance graduate having trained in one of the highest levels of ballet certification (Advanced 2) offered by the Academy.  Caitlin has also completed the ADAPT Jazz certificate in Intermediate 3. Caitlin has also been taking classes in other various styles like tap, hip hop and lyrical over the past 10 years and continues to do so. Caitlin has broadened her dance training through RAD and ADAPT workshops and has recurved training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Summer Program in 2012. Caitlin has been teaching ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and hip hop for the last 7 years.
She brings with her performance experience through local productions and competitions and she has choreographed many high achieving numbers for her students.  Recently Caitlin was selected for a spot on the Manchester University dance squad (Jazz team) where she represented the University in various competitions.  Caitlin has a love of dance and teaching and being in the dance environment is her happy place.

Casandra Bigras, ADAPT

Casandra Bigras, ADAPT

Jazz, Tap

Casandra began her love of dance at the age of four at Extravadance Academy in Rockland, Ontario. During her training, she passed her ADAPT Advanced Tap certification, trained up to ADAPT Intermediate 3 Jazz, RAD Ballet Pre-Advanced; while also competing in Contemporary and Lyrical. Casandra has graduated from the TTS ADAPT certification program, qualifying her to teach Tap and Jazz from Pre-junior to Advanced. She has also recently graduated from the University of Ottawa with Magna Cum Laude in an honours bachelors program, and will be studying at the University of Montreal to complete her Masters Thesis. With her accomplishments in tap and jazz dancing, Casandra is excited to bring her love and passion for dance to all of her present and future students.

Kendra Brulé

Kendra Brulé

Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz Funk

Kendra began her training at age 7 with VPD in ballet, jazz, tap, acro, and lyrical, receiving Highly Commended Plus in her jazz and tap exams, as well as Distinction in her ballet exams (up to Advanced 1).

At age 10, Kendra was selected to perform in the Nutcracker with the Alberta Ballet Company at the NAC. She has been a highly competitive dancer ever since, travelling across the US and Canada attending many conventions (Revel, Radix, Break the Floor etc.), receiving Jump VIP Winner, Nuvo Breakout Artist Winner, Radix Core Performer, and 24/7 Non-Stop Dancer Winner scholarships. This led her to qualify for The Dance Awards (Las Vegas). During her competitive seasons, Kendra achieved 1st place overall at Real Dance, was awarded a BE Discovered LA scholarship, and won an AMDA LA scholarship earning a total of $47,000. She also owns the title of ADA’s Regional Senior Dancer of The Year.

Her success displayed at these conventions led Kendra to be personally invited to Stacey Tookey’s mentorship program and to receive 1st Runner-up in her 2MinAudition Contest. She went on to dance  backup for Shawn Hook, Paula Abdul, and Lilly Singh at several WE Day events. Kendra was also named 2018 Face of Fever and had the honour of being OPSM Pro Dance’s Drive to Succeed Winner, chosen by World of Dance Runner-Up Michael Dameski, Mykell Wilson and Deirdre Barnes receiving an all-inclusive trip to Los Angeles to further her dance education.

Kendra then dove into the world of choreography, teaching workshops and setting pieces on VPD students in jazz funk, contemporary, lyrical, and jazz. Watching her students grow, learn, and improve their quality of movement has been something she’s so proud to witness as a guest choreographer.

Kendra continuously ventures out to Los Angeles, where she’s trained under the artistic direction of Janelle Ginestra and Willdabeast Adams as a company member of their well renowned IMMABEAST and IMMABREATHEco. She continues to train with world famous studios (Millennium Dance Complex, The PlaygroundLA, TMillyTV) and industry leading choreographers.

Vanessa Czorny

Vanessa Czorny

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro

Vanessa discovered her love of dance at age 4 at Vanessa Plettell Dance. During her training and competing, she was successful in passing her RAD Advanced 2, ADAPT Inter 3 jazz, and other ADAPT tap exams. She also has experience in lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and musical theatre. She has trained at VPD for 14 years and has been selected for many solos and duets in the past. She has won 4 scholarships through our competitions and got the chance to dance in L.A, alongside famous dancers. Through this experience, she was able to participate in a music video. She has been working as a teacher at summer camp for 4 years now and as camp manager last year. She has been guiding young students in ballet, tap, jazz, acro, and hip hop. She is currently enrolled at Carleton University studying cognitive science with a specialization in neuroscience. In May 2019, Vanessa starred as the lead dancer in the year-end production ‘Dancing Queen.’ Vanessa is hard-working and puts her heart and soul into everything she does. She is beyond excited to see the smiling faces of her students this season.

Leah Dickinson

Leah Dickinson

Ballet

Leah has always loved to dance. From her first ballet class at age 3 to many other dance classes in jazz, lyrical, hip hop, acro, tap, contemporary, ballet and pointe, her passion for dance was solidified. In the past 11 years at VPD, Leah has successfully completed her RAD Advanced 2 ballet exam and Intermediate 3 ADAPT jazz exam. Leah is a well rounded athlete and an honour student who is currently enrolled in her second year bachelor of commerce program at Carleton University. She believes that hard work and effort will equal success in anything you do. She looks forward to sharing her passion of dance with her students and giving back to the VPD studio where she has danced and been given many opportunities. Leah truly feels that life is better when you dance.

Allie Fournier

Allie Fournier

Jazz, Tap

Allie discovered her love for dance at the age of 3, and has danced at Vanessa Plettell Dance since the age of 8. Allie has passed her RAD Advanced 1 ballet exam, and has trained up to Intermediate 3 in ADAPT jazz and tap, while also competing in various other styles including contemporary, lyrical, and musical theatre. Allie has successfully completed Year 1 of her ADAPT Teacher’s Training School after assisting for the past 4 years, and being mentored directly by Casandra Bigras. She is currently enrolled at the University of Ottawa for a Honours Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. Allie hopes to bring her passion and love for dance to her students and is very excited for the season!

Our Assistants

Izzy Koch

Izzy Koch

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro

Izzy began dancing as soon as she could walk and quickly fell in love. She joined Vanessa Plettell Dance a few years later at the age of 6. Izzy has been taking the RAD and ADAPT exams ever since joining the studio and will be working towards her Advanced 2 Ballet, Intermediate 2 Tap and Intermediate 3 Jazz exams this year. She is also a part of the Canterbury Dance program where she has gotten to further her understanding of dance. Izzy has assisted in many of the creative movement classes, as well as primary and grade 1 Ballet classes over the past 5 years. Izzy loves to watch students improve and succeed, and can’t wait to continue to learn and grow alongside each group of students she gets to assist with.

Kyla Tunney

Kyla Tunney

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro

Kyla’s love for dance started at the age of 7 when she began her dance training in acro and lyrical. She now competes in over 8 styles of dance, and has been a dedicated member of Vanessa Plettell Dance for the past 8 years. Kyla has been assisting for the past 3 years in tap, jazz, ballet and acro. She has learned so much from different teachers especially Allie Fournier. Kyla loves sharing her knowledge and love for dance with her students and loves seeing what an impact dance can have on someone. Kyla has completed numerous RAD and ADAPT examinations including her Advanced 1 ballet exam. She is currently working towards her Advanced 2 ballet, Intermediate 2 tap and Intermediate 3 jazz exams. Kyla was accepted into the Quinte Ballet School of Canada and she currently attends Canterbury Arts High School where she is part of the dance program. Kyla loves all styles of dance and looks forward to helping her students grow and improve as dancers this year!

Maya Light

Maya Light

Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop

Maya started dancing at the age of 7 and has been a loyal member of the VPD family for the past 8 years. Training competitively in a wide range of styles, she has completed her Advanced 1 ballet exam as well as her Pre Intermediate 3 jazz and tap exams. She will be working towards her Intermediate 2 tap and Intermediate 3 jazz exams this year. Maya has competed numerous solos and duets, specializing in contemporary. She was recently awarded ‘Best In Style’ at Inspire Dance Challenge for her open solo, choreographed by Kendra Brulé. She was also accepted into the dance program at Canterbury High School of the Arts. She is very excited to pass on her love of dance to her students this year!