Faculty

 

All of our instructors are qualified and highly skilled at their craft, which means they’ve been trained to provide safe, structured classes to students of all ages. They understand that no two bodies are alike and will work with each individual to create beautiful technique and artistry.

“Miss Dana is a wonderful teacher - encouraging, patient, fair yet disciplined, holding her students to high standards because she knows that they can achieve them.  Miss Dana takes a balanced approach of both pushing her students to where she knows they can go - which she intuitively senses - and supporting them until they can go where they are not yet ready.  I know that my daughters are not only getting an excellent teacher of dance but also, and perhaps more importantly, someone who is helping them to develop as people as well as dancers”

- Catherine Poole, parent

 
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Dana Fry Blanco

RAD Examiner, ARAD RTS, AISTD Dip, Dip in Dance Ed.

Owner, Artistic Director, Instructor

Specializations
RAD Ballet Vocationals and Solo Seal
ISTD Modern
Progressing Ballet Technique

Dana had dreamed of being an examiner all her life, and her dreams came true. In December 2017 she completed training to become an RAD examiner (one of only 200 in the world) and is so excited to now share her wealth of knowledge with her students.

Dana directed WAPA from 2004 (it’s founding year) until 2007 when she purchased the business, making the studio and it’s students a name to remember within the dance community. Her students have gone on to SEAD Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, the National Ballet Teacher training program, Modus post grad modern program, RAD certificate in ballet teaching studies, RAD BA Honours in Ballet, physiotherapy masters, medical school and law school. With high expectations and a positive manner she is able to get the best out of each dancer she works with.

in 2015 Dana founded Convergence Contemporary Ballet Company, Victoria’s premier contemporary ballet company. By connecting her love of teaching with her desire to see more professional dance in Victoria, Convergence provides a perfect stepping stone for her pre-professional dancers to launch their careers.

As a young dancer Dana trained in RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern, Jazz, Tap, Flamenco, Voice and Drama here in Victoria BC Canada at Sinclair Academy of Performing Arts until the age of 18. After graduating high school she moved to Vancouver and danced with the Goh Ballet Youth Company training for RAD Advanced 2 and Solo Seal with accomplished RAD examiner Lynette Kelley. She danced in the Nutcracker 7 consecutive years (one of which she danced the role of Clara), in the musical Carousel with the Victoria Operatic Society and competed at the BC Performing Arts Festival 6 consecutive years for Ballet and Stage.

Dana’s dedication to technique and individual’s process make her an amazing instructor for serious dancers.

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Angela Mousseau

BA Modern Dance

Specializations
Horton
Limon
Choreography Composition

Angela Mousseau is a 2002 graduate of The University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA where she majored in modern dance focusing on Horton, Limon and Taylor techniques. At university she studied with directors, choreographers and dancers from the Paul Taylor Company, The Limon Company, PHILADANCO, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, The Martha Graham Company, Koresh Dance Company, Momix and many others. Angela has performed in Philadelphia and New York Fringe Festivals, at the National Dance Day in Philadelphia and with Next Stage Project (directed by Jana Hicks) and AKRNYM Dance Company in New York City. She also appeared on the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Gardens, NYC in 2003.

Angela’s Choreography has been commissioned by studios and companies across the United States and Canada. Many of her students have gone on to study at The National Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Toronto Dance Theatre, Ryerson University, Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program, Alvin Ailey and The University of the Arts.

Angela is currently the resident choreographer for Convergence Contemporary Ballet Company here in Victoria BC Canada.

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Suzy Vining

Graduate of Royal Winnipeg Ballet School

Specializations
RAD Ballet
Open Ballet & Pointe
Progressing Ballet Technique

Born in Victoria BC, Suzy began dancing at the age of five, training specifically with the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. Throughout her youth she received multiple awards at competitions and danced many prestigious roles with companies such as Alberta Ballet, Eugene Ballet and Sacremento Ballet. At the age of 15, Suzy furthered her training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, performing in “Ballet in the Park”, “First Steps”, “Coppelia” and various other works. Suzy began her professional career as a soloist with Victoria’s Ballet Etoile Canada, dancing in many productions and various works some of her favourite including, “Les Sylphide”, “The Nutcracker”, “Midsummer’s Night’s Dream”, and many other original works such as “Cleopatra”, “The Red Shoes”, “The Moulin Rouge” and “The Great Gatsby”. Suzy was promoted to principal dancer in 2014.

Always looking for new experiences and to further her knowledge, Suzy has recently joined the newest contemporary ballet company in Victoria, Convergence, which made it’s debut in 2015.

Suzy has been teaching classical ballet for over ten years in Victoria BC and feels fortunate to share her lifetime of knowledge and love for ballet with her many students, inspiring joy and passion with every plie.

 
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Peggy Bain Bernard

Studio owner/director 40+ years

Specializations
RAD Ballet

Peggy started dancing at the age of three and trained in ballet, tap and musical theatre with Dolores Kirkwood of Kirkwood Academy in Burnaby BC as well as Mara McBurney and many others. Peggy owned and directed Peggy Bain School of Dance in Maple Ridge before moving to Victoria BC in 1989 where she became owner and director of Centrepointe Ballet School for 26 years.

Peggy has entered hundreds of successful candidates into RAD exams ranging from Primary to Advanced. She is constantly inspired through career development courses yearly including with Royal Winnipeg Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, RAD headquarters London England and the En Avant conference in Toronto.

Peggy is a firm believer that dance should be joyful and musical, also that it is meant for all ages and levels.

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Ivana Matovina

On Maternity Leave 2019-2020

ACSC-CICB Cecchetti Licenciate, TTP Dip (NBS), AISTD National, BFA Dance

Specializations
Cecchetti Ballet
NBS curriculum
Facia Release

Ivana started dancing at the age of ten at George Brown and Interplay School of Dance. On of her first great dance memories is dancing on tour with Ballet Jorgen’s “The Nutcracker” at the age of 12. While working on her RAD Ballet training, Ivana also performed classical, jazz and contemporary choreography with Interplay Youth Ensemble and Young Contemporary Dancers of Toronto.

After graduating from the joint degree/diploma program with York University and Canada’s National Ballet School, Ivana went to teach in Tokyo, Japan. Ivana taught RAD Ballet, jazz and creative dance at the International Dance Academy and Ariake New City Ballet for 10 months before deciding to come back to Canada in order to train students in the Cecchetti Ballet Method and continue dancing as an independent contemporary dancer in Vancouver BC.

From toddlers to adults Ivana finds teaching dance rewarding and fun. She believes in creating a positive classroom environment that merges discipline, challenge and play. She encourages dancers to attain clarity in their technical skills while exploring their individuality and self-expression.

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Ian Szkolak

Performing Arts Degree, Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts

Specializations
Classical Ballet
Pas De Deux Workshops

Ian trained with Nadia Veselova-Tencer at the Academy of Ballet and Jazz, Toronto. At seventeen, Ian went on scholarship to the John Cranko School in Sttugart under the tutelage of Pyotr Pestov, and earned his three year Performing Arts Degree from Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts, Germany.

Ian has danced with Canadian Pacific Ballet and Ballet Victoria as prince Desire from Sleeping Beauty and the slave monger from La Corsair. He now performs with Ballet Etoile and coaches at Royal City Youth Ballet, Vancouver. Ian looks forwards to contributing to the technique and artistry of the students at WAPA.

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Isabella McNamee

Specializations
Junior Classes
Hip Hop
Jazz

Isabella started her dance training at the young age of 3 at Kidco studio in ballet, jazz and tap. She then spent 8 years dancing at Dance Unlimited Performing Arts under the direction of Lindsay Tusche in ballet, jazz, modern and hip hop. As a part of their performing arts company she was fortunate to travel to Disneyland and New York to perform as well as participate in festivals and competitions. Isabella then auditioned and continued her training in the En Avant Program at WAPA under the direction of Dana Fry Blanco. Here she studied ballet, jazz, and modern while continuing her participation in festivals and competitions. Izzy was also part of a hip hop crew at Vibestreet Dance during this time traveling to Alberta and Vancouver for competitions.

While in high school at Oak Bay High Isabella was a member of the dance troupe and this is where her love for choreography took off. She was able to choreograph multiple dances and perform in yearly dance shows and festivals. At Oak Bay High, Izzy also had the opportunity to perform in two musicals under the direction of Steven Price - Guys and Dolls (2014) and Beauty and the Beast (2016) with the honour of assisting with choreography for the Beauty and the Beast musical.

Currently Izzy still trains with the Victoria School of Contemporary Dance and spends Saturdays teaching the junior program at WAPA while working towards her degree in Marine Biology at UVic. She loves the energy and excitement of her little dancers and is trilled to be able to pass on her love and passion for dance to children of all ages.