“My name is Miranda and I am originally from the Ottawa area. I studied at Juilliard and now teach in Toronto. I was in Ottawa this past weekend visiting my mother for Mother’s Day and anytime I visit, I pop into Shenkman to see what’s playing. I went for a run and saw that your school was performing that night and thought I’d buy a ticket. I am emailing you because I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your show. So unlike the painful recital of dance number after dance number. It was such a professional production!! The calibre was just outstanding. You have many talented dancers but I have to mention there was one little girl, a petite,tiny, little thing- she was in the opening number…what a firecracker!!! There was something about her that drew me in and every time she was on stage, my eye kept going to her no matter where she was. She just had a way of connecting to the crowd. Your show was a breath of fresh air and I just thought I’d email to tell you how much I enjoyed it!” – Miranda H.   

“My daughter started at Miss Plettell’s studio at age 3 – almost 14 years later and her love of dance is still going strong. Miss Plettell cares deeply about her dancers, nurtures them and is supportive of their dreams. In my own daughter’s case, this eventually led to acceptance as a summer student at each of Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Ecole Superieure de Ballet du Quebec, Boston Ballet School, and as a year-round student in the professional division at School of Alberta Ballet. The year-end performances, together with RAD exams and carefully-chosen dance competitions throughout the year, allowed my daughter to develop a presence and confidence that will benefit her for life, both on and off the stage.”- former parent   

“Since coming to Vanessa Plettell Dance, I have improved tremendously in my dance technique and performance abilities. The teachers are wonderful and very encouraging, allowing me to work to my full potential and succeed in all my dance endeavors. I started ballet and jazz at the studio 2 years ago and immediately fell in love with it’s warm, friendly atmosphere, which gave me back my love of dance. The studio provides excellent training while keeping the classes fun and enjoyable as well. The end of the year show is also a highlight and a great experience for all the students. Without the support and training I received at Vanessa Plettell Dance, I wouldn’t have had the confidence or technique to pass my Advanced 2 RAD exam this past year. Vanessa Plettell Dance is truly dedicated to the progression and growth of each dancer and is really a wonderful place to be!” -Kerrie, former student  

 “My daughter Coral has danced with Vanessa Plettell Dance for the last four years. We had tried a couple of other dance schools and with Vanessa Plettell Dance, we really hit the jackpot. Coral has blossomed under the highly skilled and compassionate direction of Ms. Plettell and her talented dance teachers. Coral’s confidence has grown along with her technique, stage presence, and her many dance buddies. The end-of-the-year show is fabulous year after year and we have a long line-up of family members and friends waiting for their tickets!” -Sandy, parent  
“Ms. Plettell produces an amazing year end “Production” with the cast of children and adults. Ms. Plettell puts in extreme effort and detail in ensuring classes, exams, shows, competitions, camps are perfect. She puts her heart and soul into the school. With the participations of parents it allows us to ensure the children’s venues are successful, rewarding and fun. I would recommend this school to any child who loves to dance. ” -Susan, parent
“I really look forward to the fabulous and unique year-end show. It’s not a recital – it’s a performance with an entertaining storyline, great costumes and always a happy ending!” -Carol, parent  
“I am proud to say that I have improved SOOO much in dancing ever since I’ve reached Vanessa Plettell Dance Studio. I now have correct weight placement in ballet, and my legs can go to 90 degrees (my next goal is to get them even higher), my tap has never been so good and I have my splits. There is so much more that I have improved on since I’ve reached this just amazing dance studio. I know each year I will keep improving! I hope from my story that I will encourage your toddlers, children or even teens to come to this astonishing dance studio. This testimonial is not only to encourage everyone to come here, but it is to thank my shining director Vanessa Plettell-Chevrier on giving me such a wonderful experience and I know I will continue having the time of my life here! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!” -Isabella, student

“I am an RAD ballet teacher from the UK and have had the pleasure to teach for Vanessa Plettell Dance studio for two years. The children were an inspiration and such a joy to teach. I loved the director because she was so professional and really challenged the children; while maintaining a fun, friendly, encouraging environment. Everyone is kept enthused throughout the school year with an opportunity to do dance examinations, a Christmas showcase, entering top dance competitions and an outstanding two act end-of-year show. Nurturing dance students from toddlers to graduation, I highly recommend VPD!” – Michelle Bushen, former teacher