School of Performing Arts

Dance

Welcome to the The Dena Wosk School of Performing Arts at the JCC. We are here to encourage our students to express the inner artist and provide a stage for creativity, while teaching the technique, discipline, appreciation and respect for the arts.

Musical Theatre

Summer Musical Theatre Camps

LITTLE MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP
ages 5-7
Instructor: Lindsay Warnock
A fun introduction to the wonders of the stage, with singing, dancing and acting alongside other summer camp activities. There will be a short presentation for the parents on the last day.
August 13-17
Mon-Fri 9:00 – 3:00 #7999
1 week M: $275 R: $330

MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP
ages 8-12
Instructor: Lindsay Warnock
A fun-and-focus camp for children passionate about singing, dancing and acting – with a final performance on stage! An excellent preparation for next year’s “Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!” and a great way to spend the last 2 weeks of summer.
August 20-31
Mon-Fri 9:00 – 3:30 #7900
2 weeks M: $495 R: $595

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2018-2019 SEASON

PRE-PRIMARY – AGES 5-6

INTRO TO MUSICAL THEATRE (ages 5-7)
Instructor: Lindsay Warnock
Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 pm
Session A Oct 9 – Dec 18 #7919
11 classes M: $200 R: $245
Session B Jan 8– Jun 2 #7920
19 classes M: $300 R: $370

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PRIMARY AGES 6-8 (group 1)

INTRO TO MUSICAL THEATRE (ages 5-7)
Instructor: Lindsay Warnock
Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 pm
Session A Oct 9 – Dec 18 #7919
11 classes M: $200 R: $245
Session B Jan 8– Jun 2 #7920
19 classes M: $300 R: $370

JUNIOR MUSICAL THEATRE (ages 8-10)
Instructor: Lindsay Warnock
Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm
Session A Oct 9 – Dec 18 #7929
11 classes M: $200 R: $245
Session B Jan 8– Jun 2 #7930
19 classes M: $300 R: $370

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JUNIORS – AGES 9-11 (group 2)

JUNIOR MUSICAL THEATRE (ages 8-10)
Instructor: Lindsay Warnock
Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm
Session A Oct 9 – Dec 18 #7929
11 classes M: $200 R: $245
Session B Jan 8– Jun 2 #7930
19 classes M: $300 R: $370

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PRE-TEENS – AGES 11-13 (group 3)

YOUTH MUSICAL THEATRE  (ages 10-13)
Instructor: Lindsay Warnock
Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 pm
Session A Oct 9 – Dec 18 #7945
11 classes M: $200 R: $245
Session B Jan 8– Jun 2 #7946
19 classes M: $300 R: $370

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Schedule + Policies

SCHOOL CALENDAR 2018-2019

Session A week of Sept 17–Dec 21
No classes:
Tue-Wed Sept 18-19 – Yom Kippur
Mon-Tue – Sept 24-25 – Sukkot
Mon-Tue – Oct 1-2 Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
Mon Oct 8 – Thanksgiving
Mon Nov 12 – Remembrance Day stat

Winter Break Dec 23 –Jan 6

Session B week of Jan 7–June 2
No classes:
Mon Feb 18 – BC Family Day
SPRING BREAK (VSB) – March 18-31
PASSOVER BREAK – April 15-28
Mon May 20 – Victoria Day

Full Year Courses
week of Sept 17, 2018–June 2, 2019
(school breaks and holidays as above)

Dress Rehearsals for Year-end Shows
Sun & Mon, May 26-27, 2019

Year-end Shows  Sun June 2, 2019
in the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre.
Performances and dress rehearsals are included in the total number of classes.

Class Schedule at a glance

THINGS TO KNOW

YEAR-END PERFORMANCES
Full-year and session B students will perform in year-end show.
COSTUME FEES
Due at registration. All performing classes: $65. Jazz Advanced: $110 (2-3 costumes). Company: $150 (3-4 costumes)
DANCE COMPETITION FEES for ADVANCED JAZZ
$36 for one dance competition. $72 for two dance competitions – Company classes
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.
PAYMENT OF FEES
Fees are payable in full at the time of registration, or payment plans must be in place. Spaces will not be held without a deposit.

Full year session payments may be divided in 3-6 installments, through credit or debit card payment plan. GST will be added where aplicable.
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
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’.

ANNA DUECK
Jazz

Anna graduated from the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU with a BFA in Dance. Growing up, she trained as a competitive dancer in jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, pointe and hip hop. She is currently a Co-Producer with Inspire Dance TV and a contemporary dance instructor at several studios. Her performance repertoire includes working with Crystal Pite, Gioconda Barbuto, and Amber Funk Barton.

Katheryn Hives
Jazz, Contemporary

Kathy discovered her passion for dance when she enrolled in her first dance class here at the Dena Wosk School of Performing Arts. She went on to complete a professional dance program in high school, and competed in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical and contemporary. She recently graduated from the Dance Program at SFU, where she trained and performed works by many internationally acclaimed teachers and choreographers.

SARAH WHYTE
Ballet, Hip Hop

A lifetime of dance training, teaching experience, education through the Royal Academy of Dance – Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies, and continued professional development through Creative Dance Centre – BrainDance, has awarded Sarah the qualifications as a professional dance instructor and educator across many styles: pre-dance, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop & lyrical. Sarah is passionate about developing the foundation for a passionate, strong, disciplined, and artistic dancer.

EMILY READ
Ballet

Emily is currently a member of the Goh Ballet Youth Company and has been dancing since the age of 3. She has taught children ages 2-­14 at schools and summer camps including Goh Ballet Academy, Arts Umbrella, and Van Performing Stars. She was trained at Goh Ballet Academy, the Royal Danish Ballet, Beijing Dance Academy, and Joffrey Ballet, among others. Emily is delighted to be teaching at the JCC this year.

Mikayla Strukoff
Hip Hop, Ballet

Mikayla grew up as a competitive dancer and has danced for many large scale events: 2010 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, 2012 Greycup halftime show, and other BC Lions shows. She is currently finalizing her Kinesiology degree. ​She loves sharing her passion for dance with her students.​

MARIELA SHULEY
Tap

​​Mariela is a dancer, actor, singer, musician and voice over artist working and learning out of Vancouver. ​She has trained in many disciplines, including tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and hip hop, as well as voice​ and graduated from Capilano’s Musical Theatre Program, where she learned from so​me amazing instructors. She is so excited to continue teaching at the JCC, sharing her love of tap and performance with young minds.

LINDSAY WARNOCK
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.

RAHEL (RACHEL CLAMAN)
Belly Dance

Rahel has been dancing professionally since 2003 and teaching since 2008. An award-winning choreographer, she has performed with Bif Naked, Nickodemus, Shantel and Tambura Rasa, and appeared in TV series. She is the founder of the Helwa Dancers Troupe, and has hosted her own belly dance showcase, “Ya Helwa.” Rahel’s greatest joy is empowering women and connecting them to their bodies through this beautiful, Middle Eastern art form.

Dmitry Rusak
Ballroom Dance

Dmitry has 30 years of experience as a dancer and 15 years as a dance instructor and choreographer. He founded Ballroom4You in Vancouver, which offers beginner classes in Latin and Ballroom. Dmitry won 3rd place at the World Ballroom Dance championship and was 5-time Israel Champion. He also works with wheelchair dancers.