MONTREAL’S QUEEN OF TAP SAYS GOODBYE TO DANCE SCHOOL IN DORVAL

Ethel Bruneau opened her first tap school in 1959 and is still going strong

Ethel Bruneau opened her first dance school in 1959 in Dorion, Que. Now she's being forced to close her school in Dorval because she can no longer afford the rent. (CBC)

Ethel Bruneau’s tap school is something of an institution, not just in Dorval, but in the wider Montreal dance community.

Bruneau, who is now 82, casts a long shadow and has had a hand in teaching hundreds, if not thousands, of young people and adults during her career.

This month she’s closing another chapter, as she bids farewell to the dance school she’s run in Dorval for the last 14 years.

Bruneau says the rent on her studio is just too high, and student enrollment in dance classes isn’t what it used to be.

“I don’t have the students that I had. Kids aren’t dancing like they used to. There used to be 200, 300 kids in here. Now I’m down to about five,” she said.

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