Dena Wosk School of Performing Arts

Welcome to the Dena Wosk School of Performing Arts 2020/21 season!

The health and safety of our dancers, teachers and families is our top priority. Please review our COVID-19 Protocols in the Schedule and Policies.

Registration for DANCE CLASSES in now OPEN. Please select from drop down list below. Classes are in-person at the JCC unless stated otherwise.

Dance

Musical Theatre

2020-2021 season – information is coming soon.

Schedule + Policies

School Calendar

Full-Year classes  Sept 14, 2020 – June 6, 2021
Session A  week of Sept 14 – Dec 14
No classes
Mon Sept 28 – Yom Kippur
Mon Oct 12 – Thanksgiving
Wed Nov 11 – Remembrance Day
Winter Break  Dec 21 – Jan 3
Session B  week of Jan 4 – June 6
No classes
Mon Feb 15 – Family Day
Mon May 17 – Shavuot
Mon May 24 – Victoria Day
Spring/Passover Break  March 15 – April 5
Dress Rehearsals   Mon-Tue May 31-June 1
Year-End Shows   Sun June 6, 2021

Tuition & Fees

Most classes are full year, unless otherwise specified.

Tuition will be divided in 3: charged in September, January and March as we monitor public health developments.
45-minute class M: $400 R: $494
60-minute class M: $480 R: $592
75-minute class M: $580 R: $711
90-minute class M: $700 R: $865

Costume fees will be processed in Jan 2021. We will attempt to re-use costumes from last year if possible.
Regular classes: $70
Advanced Jazz : $120 (2-3 costumes)
Company: $150 (3-4 costumes)

Performance / video fee: $49 Incl. 2 tickets and a digital download of the Year-End Shows per family. Will be processed in March. There will be no competition fee for returning students – we will use credits from last year. New Advanced students will be charged $44 in January.

CLASS PLACEMENT  Students will be emailed regarding class placement. Advanced students will be invited to continue in the Advanced level.

COVID-19 Protocols

  • Sign in – all students must be registered and sign in when they arrive
  • Do not come to dance class if you are feeling sick.
  • Sanitize or wash your hands before entering the studio.The JCC provides enhanced cleaning throughout the building and between classes
  • Follow guided entrance and exit signs from the studios and the building
  • Come dressed for class, there will be no change rooms
  • Keep 6-ft distance from others at all times – class size will be limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Remove outdoor shoes and store them with your bag before entering the dance studio. Use clean indoor shoes only.
  • Bring a full bottle of water, there will be no refills. No food or snacks in the studios.
  • Support and protect your teachers by staying out of their teaching space. Remain in your assigned, marked dance space.
  • No hands-on corrections will be made by teachers
  • Only use washrooms when absolutely necessary
  • Parents, please wait for your child outside

THINGS TO KNOW

YEAR-END PERFORMANCES
Full-year and session B students will perform in year-end show.
YEAR-END SHOW TICKETS
2 COMPLIMENTARY YEAR-END SHOW TICKETS PER FAMILY are included in the course fee. Additional tickets will be sold one month before the shows.
SCHOLARSHIPS
Please apply with school director.

SCHOOL POLICIES
COMMITMENT
Most of our courses require a full-year commitment, as the program is progressive.
ATTENDANCE
With exceptions for medical reasons, students who miss more than 2 classes in session A or B, or more than 4 classes in full-year session will be withdrawn from the course. No refund will be issued.
BEHAVIOUR CONSIDERATIONS
Students are expected to treat their peers with respect, to be on time and to wear appropriate clothing. Disruptive behaviour will result in dismissal without refund.
WITHDRAWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Withdrawal for a refund: up to 4 business days before the program starts. 10% administrative charge will apply (min. $10).
Withdrawal from a course within 3 business days of start but no later than the second class: a 20% administrative fee (min. $20) will apply. A credit to the JCC will be offered, but NO REFUNDS.
No refunds, credits, or make-up classes after the second class or for missed sessions, except for full withdrawal with medical note. $12 charge will apply. Transfers are subject to space availability and instructor’s approval. $10 charge will apply.
Lessons cancelled by the instructor will be made up.

Faculty

DANA CAMIL HEWITT
School Director 

Dana is an arts administrator and musicologist with extensive international experience in arts management and education. Before becoming Director of the Dena Wosk School of Performing Arts in 1999, she worked for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tel-Aviv University. She is also a freelance writer, specializing in arts and culture.

JANA BERENGEL
Jazz

Jana has enjoyed a career in film, TV and stage. She danced alongside Michael Buble, Carmen Electra and taught Amanda Seyfried dance moves for the film “Red Riding Hood.” Jana has danced in various TV commercials and on the USA Network TV show “Psych” and “The Good Bye Girl.” She performed at Tokyo Disneyland, and toured with the Canadian Concert Military Show.

ERICA McFARLANE SNODGRASS
Jazz, Hip Hop

Erica is a sought-after dancer and instructor. She started her training at age 3, and went on to direct the University of Victoria Dance Company. While completing her B.A. in Human and Social Development, she founded The Industry Dance Co and created ‘Therapy In Motion’, a dance program for people with special needs. Highlights of her dance career include: BC Lions’ ‘Felions’ dance team, The Canadian Video Game Awards, SVS Style Dance Crew, featured choreographer for BC Children’s Hospital ‘For Children We Care’.

MASHA SHCHERBYNA
Ballet

Masha started her ballet training at Goh Ballet in Vancouver and then attended Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto. After performing in festivals in Netherlands and Germany, she attended the San
Francisco Ballet School. She is currently studying Kinesiology at UBC and teaching in local studios and community centres. Masha is excited to pass on her knowledge and see the love of dance develop in the young ballerinas!

JUAN DUARTE
Contemporary

Juan Duarte was born in Brazil and graduated from the Bolshoi Brazil Ballet School, then moved to Vancouver. After two seasons with Lamondance, Juan joined Arts Umbrella where he worked with luminaries such as Crystal Pite and Yvan Dubreil. In 2019, he joined Ballet BC under the direction of Emily Molnar. Juan Duarte is passionate about his work and looks forward to sharing his vision and knowledge with his Contemporary students.

FRANKIE WARREN
Jazz, Hip Hop

Frankie Warren graduated from the dance program at the University of Calgary, specializing in contemporary, hip-hop, and jazz with a background in gymnastics. Since her move to Vancouver, Frankie has trained with Harbour Dance Centre’s hip-hop company Kill The Light and has worked as choreographer/lead dancer for several music videos. Frankie is currently dancing in the co-ed hip-hop crew Sovereign, teaching and being featured in film/TV productions.

LISA MCFARLAND
Acro, Jazz

​​Lisa started dancing at the age of five. She has trained in Acro, Ballet, Contemporary, Contortion, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theatre, Tap, Song & Dance, Hip Hop. She completed AIDT and ADAPT jazz exam syllabuses.  She has been a dance instructor for over 6 years, with focus on acrobatics and contortion.  Lisa has taken courses through Acrobatique (Acro Dance Syllabus) and is working on certification to be able to put students through Acro exams (ADAPT). Lisa enjoys working with a variety of ages and levels, and creates a fun, safe and positive environment for her students to learn and grow in.

CORA DRIESCHNER
Hip Hop

Cora started training in Hip Hop when she was 10 years old and has been in love with it ever since. She has travelled to many different cities in Canada and the USA for competitions such as World of Dance, Hit the Floor and The Canadian Hip Hop Dance Championships. She has been expanding her knowledge and training with highly competitive dance company, Twofourseven. Cora loves working with students and is excited to share her passion for dance and Hip Hop.

DANIELLE LONG
Jazz

Danielle Long is a Vancouver based multidisciplinary dance artist and filmmaker, originally from West Kelowna. Over the course of her training she studied ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and contemporary, and had the opportunity to attend various summer programs at MOVE:The Company, Arts Umbrella, etc.. Currently she is in her final year of studies at Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program. Her movement films have been presented at Screen:Moves 2020 with the support of RT Collective, and the Festival Of Recorded Movement.

GALI GOLDMAN
Jazz, Hip Hop

Gali found her passion for dance through Ballet and Hip-Hop, and later trained in Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary. She joined the Dena Work School of Performing Arts at the age of 6, and enjoyed
every second of it! Since graduating the Performing Arts School, she has been assisting dance teachers as well as continuing to learn new dance forms. She is excited to share her love for dance with others!

LINDSAY WARNOCK
Jazz, Musical Theatre

Lindsay is a professional actor, singer, musician and dancer. She holds a B​.A. of Performing Arts from Capilano University and has been working for companies such as Arts Club, Gateway and Theatre Under the Stars. She appeared as The Tin Man in Gateway Theatre’s The Wizard of Oz and many other roles.​ Lindsay also teaches our Summer Musical Theatre Camps.