A dancer since 3 years old, and a dance educator of 15+ years, Anna grew up in iron curtain Russia and spent much of her life training under the influence of Russian ballet dancers and teachers. She danced with Sverdlovsk Opera and Ballet House (Youth Theatre), Sverdlovsk Theatre of Musical Comedy (Youth Ballet Troupe), Le Sylphide Ballet Academy as well as was a teaching assistant in her teen years. She performed in numerous productions including Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, and Giselle. A competitive ballet dancer in her later years led her to expand her dance background to lyrical, contemporary and acrobatics.
Anna is accredited through International Dance Teaching Standards (IDTS), is an Affiliate Member of the Society of Russian Ballet, a member of the Vancouver Ballet Society, registered AcroDance instructor through ADTA, holds Alixa Flexibility certificate and is trained in teaching Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT). Anna continues to study injury prevention to promote healthy training for dancers in general.
Angela has been dancing both recreationally and professionally for over 25 years. She has studied various styles including ballet (RAD), modern, flamenco, Polynesian, musical theatre, jazz and hip hop. Her professional performances include the Ohana Hotels in Waikiki, Victoria folk festivals, Dancing on the Edge festival Vancouver, Royal City Youth Ballet and the Vancouver Club. In 2000 she graduated from Main Dance pre-professional Bridging Program and in 2002 from Capilano College Theatre Program. Angela has been teaching at PDS for the last 3 years and is a dancer with Gruff Goat Dance troupe.
"How I will inspire my students?” - By adding layers to dance movements; incorporating emotional or storytelling elements to dance steps that not only add depth to a piece of choreography but to also cultivate creative expression in the dancer.
Ange's Dance Quote: It takes an athlete to dance but an artist to be a dancer.
Danielle began ballet at age 3 and quickly fell in love with dance. She started jazz when she was 9 and later on during her teenage years began contemporary. Her ballet studies include training under the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and later on the Borovansky syllabus finishing her exam work at Intermediate level with Honours. Danielle went to a performing arts high school and spent 5 years studying ballet and 1 year in the specialist dance program finishing her studies with distinction and achieving the highest grade in ballet at graduation year. During this time Danielle also trained at her local ballet school and continued on after high school performing roles such as Coppelia in Coppelia and Cinderella in Cinderella. Danielle has been teaching for PDS for 2 years now and is excited to extend her love of dance to younger generation.
How will Danielle inspire her students? - By bringing her love of dance to the studio and through my teaching. Danielle: "I remember being a student as a child and how my dance teachers were always encouraging and genuinely cared about my progress. I will remember those memories when I’m teaching and pass along my knowledge and passion to a new generation of dancers.
Danielle's favourite dance saying is: "When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step on the wa
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