About us

Bravissimo wants to encourage young dancers. In order help enable them purse their dance careers, Bravissimo offers sizeable cash prizes during our Showcase and the dancers will also have the opportunity to perform in front of reputable dancers as judges.

Véronique D'Abaté

Véronique started her training in tap and jazz at the age of 9. She developed a passion right from the start and began training in classical ballet at Pierre-Laporte School and École Supérieure de Danse du Québec. Throughout her training, she has also performed in the modern classical art and jazz dance group directed by Johanne Boivin (Ballet Jazz de Montreal – BJM) as well as France Dufresne (Eddie Toussain). Over the years with BJM, she has worked with several teachers and renowned choreographers such as Howard Richard, Françine Liboiron, Marc Forest and Jean-Jacques Pillet. Her passion also pulled her towards urban dance and she joined the Société de danse urbaine – UDS directed by Marvin Baptiste. After a few years with this group, she flew to Mexico to perform in major productions like The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Moulin Rouge. Upon her return, she began training at the “International Visa Program” at the Step On Broadway, New York City. There, she worked with choreographers like Joe Lanteri, Rhapsody, Brian Friedman, Jay T and many more. Back home, she joined Compagnie UNKUT Production directed by Alexandra “Spicey” Lande. With this group, she dances in several events like the famous Choreograher’s Ball (New York, Toronto and Los Angeles), as well as performing alongside several artists such as Jabbawockeezs, Chamilionnaire and Flip Mode Squad. Véronique has also danced for the Jazz Festival, the Just for Laughs Festival, Les Francofolies, Zombie Zone (La Ronde) and was also a Cheerleader for the Montreal Alouettes. In March 2010, she choreographed a piece for the One Drop Foundation, Cirque du Soleil. Since 2011, she has participated in productions such as the Opéra de Montréal (RUSALKA, MANON, TURANDOT and more – all three presented at the Salle Wilfrid Pelletier). She recently began dancing for Famous Live Band. Since June 2010, she founded her own dance company; SUITE 19. She is also the cofounder of the dance competition Bravissimo, which is now on its 5th edition.

Isabelle Bélanger

Isabelle started dancing at the age of 5. At 15, she began substitute teaching and 3 years later she officially launched her teacher career. She knew from the start that her heart belonged there and in 1995, following an internship in New York City, she decided to dedicate herself to teaching. At 21, she partnered with two of her friends and opened a dance school. After modest beginnings and dissociation with her partners, she decided to make an investment and move Studio 360 into a 2000 square foot location. Her students then doubled and 5 years later, their 2000 square foot building was too small. She invested with her partner and they purchased a 10 000 square feet building. Five years after that, Studio 360 has 5 large studios, more than 800 students and has won several first prizes in regional, provincial and international competitions. Despite the many responsibilities brought on by her dance Studio, Isabelle does not lose sight of her dancing and teaching training. She takes dance classes year round and advanced training once a year with celebrated teachers such as Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Wade Robson, among others. Her teaching philosophy at Studio 360 is : students must receive the highest quality of training. She ensures her teachers excel in their respective discipline. It was with great pleasure in 2010, that she associated with cofounder Véronique D’Abaté to create Bravissimo.

Isabelle Bélanger