Faculty

Sakiko.Januki.Headshot Although Sakiko began dancing at the age of 5 in Vancouver, her real training began in Japan at the Sachiko Ogura Ballet School, where she performed on a regular basis for 13 years. While gaining her career as a Classical Ballet Teacher over a period of 10 years, she also performed in such roles as Odette, Aurora, Swanilda, Kitri and Giselle with the Mistral Ballet in Tokyo. In 2005, she danced a contemporary piece choreographed by Roberto Campanella, the Aritistic Director for ProArteDanza in Toronto with students from Arts Umbrella , a project for Yokohama Ballet Intensive Seminar.

Her connections with Canada increased when she began translating for teachers who came from the National Ballet School of Canada during Teacher’s Courses and seminars. Sakiko then became the Founding Director for Studio Collabo for 6 years while studying anatomy and manipulative therapy at Tokyo Therapeutics School. She holds a Bachelor of International Studies degree from the Meiji Gakuin University in Japan.
Sakiko Januki
PBT (Open Class), Adult Ballet
Anneliese Rios. Headshot_b&w.jpg
Anneliese Rios is a professional dancer from Venezuela. A soloist with Teatro Teresa Carreño, the most prestigious ballet company in Venezuela, Anneliese performed such renowned ballets as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Les Sylphides, Don Quixote, Paquita, among other contemporary and modern choreographies. She studied under Nina Novak, Prima Ballerina with Ballet Monte Carlo, Ruta Butviliene, the current Artistic Director of Lithuania Ballet, and Rumen Ivanov Rashev, principal dancer with the National Opera of Sofia. Miss Anneliese tutors her students in musicality, artistic expression, physical coordination, movement dynamics and the precise positioning of the body.
 
Anneliese Rios
PTP Ballet, Pointe & Repertoire

 

 


Lauren has studied many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, modern and contemporary dance. At age eight, she began attending the Edmonton Dance Centre to concentrate on ballet with Deborah Morgan. Lauren has achieved her Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award, and was a finalist in the Genée International Ballet Competition in Cape Town, South Africa in 2011. Lauren has also attended summer intensives at Canada's National Ballet School, Boston Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre. During 2012-2013, Lauren trained at the Miamy City Ballet School. From 2013 to 2015, Lauren performed with Citie Ballet in Edmonton, Alberta.


Lauren O'Kell
PTP Ballet, Pointe, Pre-Primary Ballet, Jazz 1/2
Samantha is an Abbotsford born dancer, instructor, and choreographer, and has been training in dance since the age of 8. Samantha holds a BFA with distinction with a major in Dance from Simon Fraser University.
She teaches contemporary, lyrical, modern, ballet, jazz, as well as jazz, ballet, and contemporary technique classes. Each class, Samantha arrives with a lesson plan and age -appropriate music. She has a deep desire to immerse young dancers in the love of the arts, and she believes that being involved in the arts has a profound impact on the development of children and teenagers.
 
Samantha Penner
Pre-Primary Ballet, Primary Ballet, Ballet 1/2 Primary Jazz
 Originally from New Jersey, Brynne completed her training in dance at Arts Umbrella’s Graduate Program, where she had the opportunity to perform works by internationally renowned choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Sharon Eyal, Mats Ek, Lesley Telford and Aszure Barton to name a few. Having continued her professional journey within the Performance Research Project under the direction of Lesley Telford, she has been able to work with such local artists as Serge Bennathan, Noam Gagnon, and Heather Meyers, as well as begin choreographing herself.

She has a great love for both dance and education. With a background in both performing and teaching many different styles of dance, she seeks to help expand curiosity, understanding and joy in the language of dance for herself as well as the community around her.
Brynne Harper
Ballet 1/2, Ballet 3/4, Contemporary 1/2, Jazz 3/4
Rae Fyhn Rae was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. At nineteen she studied at the University of Calgary in their Contemporary Dance Program. Following that she trained at Broadway Dance Center, Steps, Alvin Ailey and Luigi studios in New York City. A teacher and choreographer for almost twenty years, she has travelled everywhere from Toronto to Vancouver, LA to NY to train in every level and style of Hip Hop to compliment her Ballet and Jazz roots. In addition she has trained in Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and Modern. Be prepared for something new and fresh as Rae adds numerous dance classes on Sunday afternoons at The Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts!!
Rae Fyhn
 Hip Hop 1-4
Bonnie Stewart Bonnie holds a degree in Fine Arts from U.B.C. She has toured both provincially and nationally. Bonnie performed and studied with such flamenco greats as Sabas Santos, Raul Salcedo, and Carmen do Torres. She was showcased at both flamenco del Mar and the Flamenco Festival, Vancouver, in 2004. Bonnie has taught Flamenco and Modern at Anna Wyman for many years.
Bonnie Stewart
Children's Flamenco, Adult Flamenco
Janet Harris Janet started dancing in England at the age of 11 years. Her love for the stage soon turned into her being a Professional Child Dancer on the London Stage, Films, and Theatre. When not performing professionally she always returned to her local Dance Studio and completed her qualifications to teach in Ballet, Tap and Modern with The British Association of Teachers of Dancing and Imperial Society Teachers of Dancing by the age of 18.

Janet opened her first Dance Studio in the South of England and was Artistic Director for 10 years before immigrating to Toronto. During her 5 years in Toronto, before heading west to Vancouver, Janet was again the successful Artistic Director of a Dance Studio in Toronto.

Her passion, commitment, and excitement for Tap and Muscial Theatre has kept Janet with the Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts for over 10 years.

Janet Smith
Pre-Primary Tap, Primary Tap, Tap 1-3, Musical Theatre

Catherine discovered dance in her teens, and was immediately hooked. She received her Dance Diploma at the Grant MacEwan College Dance Program in 2002, under the skilled contemporary dance instruction of Heidi Bunting and Brian Webb, and reputable ballet instructor Deborah Morgan. Catherine was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance from Simon Fraser University in 2005, where she furthered her contemporary and ballet studies and added Graham and Cunningham technique to her training. She soon after became a certified Pilates Mat Work instructor, under Marta Hernandez at The Space, and also enjoys the benefits of yoga to keep her body healthy and present. Catherine embraces a more holistic approach to technique, combining functional alignment with an inspired, creative and curious mind.  Catherine has worked with a number of collaborative dance companies, and has a strong interest in helping young dancers find their individual voice. She enjoys teaching improvisation as a means for creation and increasing group awareness.  She has danced professionally with numerous local choreographers and companies such as Mascall Dance and UK-based Sirenscrossing. In 2013, she was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant to perform at the Fallensdager festival in Sweden, for her third guest appearance with dance company Sirenscrossing. She has been teaching at the Dena Wosk School for Performing Arts since 2009, and has also worked at The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, and numerous recreation centres. She has been teaching students of all ages, from beginner to professional level for twenty years, and absolutely loves her job.
Catherine Andersen
PTP 2-4 Contemporary, Contemporary 3/4, Jazz 2-4,  Teen Ballet,  Improv & Choreo (Open class), Stretch & Conditioning, Jumps & Turns