Dena Wosk School of Performing Arts

Welcome to the 2019-2020 season. Discover your inner artist in dance, theatre, music and Israeli dance. The J offers classes for all ages and levels.

Dance

Musical Theatre

Summer Musical Theatre Camps

Fun-and-focus camps for those who love to sing, dance and act, with a final performance on stage!

Little Musical Theatre Camp
Ages 5-7
Aug 26-30 Mo-Fr 9:00am-3:00pm
1 week M$275 / R $340  #7999   Register
Instructor: Lindsay Warnock

Musical Theatre Summer Camp
Ages 8-12
Aug 19-30 Mo-Fr 9:00am-3:30pm
2 weeks M$495 / R$599  #7900   cancelled

2019-2020 SEASON

AGES 6-8

INTRO TO MUSICAL THEATRE
Instructor: Lindsay Warnock
Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 pm
Session A Sep 10 – Dec 17 #7923  Register
10 classes M: $180 R: $225
Session B Jan 7– Jun 7 #7924  Register
21 classes M: $320 R: $390

AGES 9-11

JUNIOR MUSICAL THEATRE
Instructor: Lindsay Warnock
Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm
Session A Sep 10 – Dec 17 #7933  Register
10 classes M: $180 R: $225
Session B Jan 7– Jun 7 #7934  Register
21 classes M: $320 R: $390

AGES 11-15

YOUTH MUSICAL THEATRE
Instructor: Lindsay Warnock
Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 pm
Session A Sep 10 – Dec 17 #7944  Register
10 classes M: $180 R: $225
Session B Jan 7– Jun 7 #7945  Register
21 classes M: $320 R: $390

Schedule + Policies

SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019-2020

Session A week of Sept 9–Dec 19
No classes:
Mon-Tue, Sept 30-Oct 1 Rosh Hashana
Tue-Wed Oct 8-9 Yom Kippur
Mon-Tue, Oct 14-15 Sukkot and Thanksgiving
Mon-Tue, Oct 21-22 Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
Mon, Nov 11 Remembrance Day

Winter Break Dec 21 –Jan 5

Session B week of Jan 6–June 7
No classes:
Mon, Feb 17 BC Family Day
Mon-Sun, Mar 16-22 SPRING BREAK (VSB) 1 week
Mon-Sun, Apr 6-19 PASSOVER BREAK
Mon, May 18 Victoria Day

Full Year Courses
week of Sept 9, 2019–June 7, 2020
(school breaks and holidays as above)

Dress Rehearsals for Year-end Shows
Mon-Tue, June 1-2, 2020

Year-end Shows
Sun, June 7, 2020
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: $70.
Jazz Advanced: $120 (2-3 costumes).
Pre-Company $120 (2-3 costumes).
Company: $160 (3-4 costumes)
DANCE COMPETITION FEES for ADVANCED JAZZ
$44 for one dance competition. $88 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 applicable.
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’.

TARAH KALMAN
Ballet, Hip Hop

Tarah has nearly twenty years of dance experience, and has her Teaching Associate Certification with The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. Her background consists of Ballet and Modern Theatre training, and other dance disciplines such as Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. Currently, she trains with a Street Dance program, ‘Culturally Defined’ ”. Tarah loves sharing her love of dance and movement with all her students, and looks forward to watching them thrive in dance.

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.

MILAINA CHANEL
Jazz, Hip Hop

Milaina is a dancer, choreographer and dance instructor who trained in all disciplines in Calgary and at Harbour Dance’s ITP program. She is also very active in the film and TV industry – some of her credits include Disney, Netflix, CW, Family Channel. She is dedicated to sharing her passion and knowledge of dance with her students of all ages and levels.

NIKKI HAMMOND
Hip Hop

Nikki started dancing in 2001 and developed a strong passion for the art form. Most of her training is in jazz, stage, and hip hop, but she also completed ISTD examinations for modern and tap. For the past few years she was an assistant choreographer for Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! and a participant in Showstoppers. She loves to share the passion, energy, and sweat that dancing involves!

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.​

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!

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.

LISA MCFARLAND
Acro

​​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.

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.