Meet our certified and professional dance teachers, assistants and faculty.
Vanessa Plettell-Chevrier, RAD, ADAPT
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.).
Casandra Bigras, ADAPT, PBT
Casandra started dancing at the age of 3. Throughout her dance education, she trained and competed in Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Pointe, and Musical Theatre. She has her Intermediate RAD Ballet certificate and trained up to Advanced 1 and holds the Pre-Intermediate 3 Jazz exam certificate and trained up to Intermediate 3. In Tap she passed both her Pre-Advanced and Advanced Tap Exams.
Miss Casandra began teaching in 2018 while obtaining her gold stamp ADAPT certification. Now being completely certified in the ADAPT syllabus and teaching for the past 5 years, she has had the success of putting through multiple students from the levels of Pre-Junior to Advance in exams with high marks. She has also had multiple high-scoring, top style, and overall winning Tap choreographies. Casandra has recently completed her Progressing Ballet Technique certification and is pursuing her RAD ballet teachers certification.
Casandra is a University of Ottawa alumni graduating in 2021 with an Honours B.Soc.Sc in Conflict Studies and Human Rights with a Minor in Social Sciences of Health and is in the process of completing her Masters of Arts and Sciences in International Studies with a Specialization in Peace, Conflicts, and Culture.
Allie Fournier, ADAPT
Allie discovered her love for dance at the age of 3, and has been dancing competitively at Vanessa Plettell Dance since the age of 8. Allie has trained and competed in many genres over the years, including tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and musical theatre.
Allie has successfully completed her RAD Advanced 1 ballet certificate, along with successfully completing her ADAPT Intermediate 3 certificate in jazz and achieving her ADAPT Advanced Tap certificate. Allie is a gold seal graduate of the ADAPT Teacher’s Training School (TTS) after 6 years of teaching and assisting under many different teachers, qualifying her to teach tap and jazz from Pre-Junior to Advanced.
Allie is also a well-rounded competitive dancer, having recently won Highest Scoring Tap Dance at Inspire Dance Challenge in 2022, 5th Overall Senior Solo at Kick It Up Dance Competition in 2022, and other scholarships and special awards over the years. She has also been selected for several roles in the VPD annual year end shows, most recently playing the role of Mary Poppins in 2022, and Lumiere and an Evil Stepsister in 2023.
Allie is currently enrolled in her third year at the University of Ottawa for an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Allie is so excited for the upcoming dance season and to share her passion for dance with all of her students!
Contemporary, Ballet, 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 10 years. Training competitively in a wide range of styles, she has completed her Advanced 1 ballet exam as well as her Advanced jazz and tap exams. She has also completed the first year of her ADAPT Teacher’s Training School certification. Maya has competed numerous solos and duets, specializing in contemporary. She has won Highest Scoring Open Dance, 2nd overall senior solo, 3rd overall senior solo, multiple scholarships, and special awards for her solos and duets choreographed by Kendra Brulé. Additionally, she won a special award as well as a choreography award for her self-choreographed contemporary solo at Dancefest 2023. Maya recently graduated from the dance program at Canterbury High School of the Arts, and will be pursuing her love of languages at the University of Ottawa this year, with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. Maya is very excited to continue passing on her love of dance to her students!
Stretch & Strength, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro
Kyla found her true passion at Vanessa Plettell Dance, 11 years ago when she started her dance training in acro and lyrical. She has competed in many different styles of dance and has had many performance opportunities, specifically in VPD’s Coppélia and Fairytale Adventures, where she was casted as a lead dancer. Kyla has been assisting for the past 4 years in tap, jazz, ballet and acro. She has had the pleasure of working directly under Allie Fournier and Vanessa Plettell-Chevrier. Kyla completed her RAD Advanced 2 Ballet Examination, as well as, her ADAPT Advanced Jazz & Tap Examinations after receiving a Highly Commended Plus on her Intermediate 3 Jazz exam. Kyla was accepted into the Quinte Ballet School of Canada’s Professional Training Program and graduated from Canterbury Arts High School with a certificate in Dance Arts. She has completed Year 1 of her ADAPT Teacher’s Training School certification and looks forward to helping her students grow and improve as dancers this year. Kyla loves sharing her knowledge and love for dance with her students and loves seeing what an impact dance can have on an individual.
Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro
Izzy began dancing as soon as she could walk and quickly fell in love. She joined VPD a few years later at the age of 6. Izzy has participated in countless RAD and ADAPT exams ever since joining the studio. She has completed her Advanced 2 Ballet and Inter 3 Tap exams, as well as her Advanced Jazz exam, after receiving Highly Commended Plus on her Inter 3 Jazz. Izzy has been a part of both the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Alberta Ballet’s Nutcrackers and has also attended Quinte Ballet School’s Summer Intensive.
Izzy graduated from the Canterbury Dance program, where she learned many choreographic tools and skills. She has now begun her dance teacher certification in the ADAPT Teacher Training School. At VPD, Izzy has assisted in many of the younger students’ classes over the past 6 years, and she is very excited to begin her teaching career here. Izzy loves to watch students improve and succeed, and can’t wait to learn and grow alongside each group of students.
Our Guest Choreographers
Ballet, Acro, Lyrical
Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz
Lyrical, Jazz, Acro