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
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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

 

 


Mariana Moraes is an emerging dance artist who is known for her classical and contemporary technique. Born in Belem, Brazil, Mariana has been training and performing since the age of six, when she first fell in love with Ballet. She continued her training in Vancouver, Canada when invited to participate in the pre-professional dance program Lamondance, where she experienced many styles, and developed her creativity and passion for contemporary/modern dance.

As a dancer, Mariana has had the opportunity to train and perform in the Vancouver dance scene as well as internationally in Brazil. Most recently she has had been part of the cast of the movie "Center Stage: on pointe" playing one of the ballet dancers in the camp. As a dance instructor and choreographer, Mariana has choreographed for productions like “Giselle”, “Midsummer Night Dreams” and “Romeo and Juliet”, as well of showing her work in many different competitions been awarded as a choreographer.
Mariana Moraes
Contemporary 3/4, Competition Contemporary

Lauren is currently a freelance dancer based out of Vancouver, and has most recently worked with the Performance Research Project under the direction of Lesley Telford. Lauren danced professionally with Citie Ballet (now Ballet Edmonton) performing classical repertoire and new contemporary works by Francois Chevennement, Heather Myers, Alysa Pires and Jorden Morris. She professionally trained at the Miami City Ballet School and has also attended professional intensives at Canada's National Ballet School, Boston Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre.

In Lauren's early training, she concentrated on the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum training under Deborah Morgan in Edmonton.

Under her mentorship, Lauren has successfully achieved her R.A.D Solo Seal Award, and was a finalist in the Genée International Ballet Competition in Cape Town, South Africa in 2011 as the only Canadian Representative. Lauren has taught ballet, jazz and contemporary classes throughout numerous dance schools in the Edmonton and Vancouver areas. She is thrilled to be able to pass down her knowledge, love, and passion for the art of dance, and strives to guide her students into being the best versions of themselves inside and out of the studio.
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

From Toronto, now living in Vancouver and training across North America in a range of styles, Cass breathes dance and translating thought into movement. Her broad range and knowledge of urban dance in particular comes from working with industry leader’s in commercial hip hop, jazz, house, waacking, krump, breaking, locking, dancehall and popping!

Cass has been featured in music videos, as a showcase performer at World of Dance and on stages across the country. Her signature “firecracker” personality shines through in strong, charismatic choreography and a consistent drive to push urban dance arts to stay fresh and new.

Cass continues to help dancers to find their own voice through movement and understanding teaching across her new home of Metro Vancouver.
Cass Podor
 Primary Hip Hop, Hip Hop 1-4


Katherine Vincent started dancing at the young age of 3 in Toronto, ON. She then moved to Vancouver, BC where she discovered her love for contemporary and modern dance styles. In 2017 Katherine graduated from SFU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours in Dance. Throughout her time at SFU she has had the pleasure of working with local and international choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Wen Wei Wang, Peter Bingham, Sarah Chase, Judith Garay, Rob Kitsos among others. She has also had the pleasure of apprenticing for Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art and performed in Heather Laura Grey’s project The Tunnel in 2017. This summer, Katherine will be performing in both Dancing on The Edge and Vines Art festival. She has general joy of all forms of movement and aims to inspire this sense of enjoyment with others through both creating engaging and accessible dance works and through education as an acrobatics, dance and gymnastics instructor for children of all ages.                                                                                                                

Katherine Vincent
Acro 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
Sam is a dance artist who is devoted to training, creating, teaching, and performing in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Her primary focus in dance or the past 6 years has been in Modern, Contact Improvisation, Contemporary, and Jazz styles. After graduating from Simon Fraser University with a BFA in Dance in 2017, Sam has continued to grow as an artist by engaging in professional development workshops lead by master dance teachers and choreographers such as: 605 Collective, Helen Walkley, EDAM Dance, Modus Operandi, The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, and The Dance Initiative. She has also performed work professionally across Canada for companies and independent artists including: The Body Orchestra Collective, Marissa Wong, Gemma Crowe, Megan Friessen, Heather Laura Gray, The Lovers Cabaret, Wolf Pack Productions and CollabArt Creations. As an educator, Sam believes heavily in the importance of process over product and seeks to unlock the artistic potential in all of her students through improvisation and creative movement exercises.
Sam Presley
PTP 2 - 3/4 Contemporary, Improv & Choreo (Open class), Stretch & Conditioning
(Open class)