“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
“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