We welcome you to browse this page to learn about our instructors who comprise the faculty at Vancouver Academy of Dance. We are also always looking for talented, enthusiastic and creative professional artists to join our team! If you would like to pursue a career opportunity at VAD, please email us your full CV, including cover letter and portfolio.
ANABEL HO - Principal ARAD, RAD RTS, AISTD, AAC, RAD Examiner
Ms. Ho has taught and choreographed for the past 27 years. Her training spans the globe and covers the full-spectrum of dance styles with emphasis in classical ballet and Chinese dance. Ms. Ho has trained with internationally noted artists in North America and abroad.
She is widely recognized by her many achievements around the world. Anabel has performed, taught, and choreographed throughout Canada and other regions including the U.S.A, China, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Poland, and Taiwan. Ms. Ho’s credentials include: Associate and Advanced Executant of the Royal Academy of Dance, Fully Registered Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance, Associate of the Imperial Society Teachers of Dance (London, England) and Acrobatic Arts Certified.
Ms. Ho has presented command performances for her Majesty the Queen, Governor General and Prime Minister of Canada, as well as royalties and Heads of State of many countries. She has been invited to adjudicate dance competitions throughout North America and has been commissioned to choreograph for several productions including: Rick Hansen’s 100th Anniversary TV special on CBC, Nissan Go 2000 Dealership Convention, APEC Conference, International Dragon Boat Festival, Chinese Cultural Centre’s Millennium Project “Gold, Maple, Dreams” Dance Production, CBC’s Gung Haggis Fat Choy, and various other large events.
Ms. Ho has also acted as a choreography consultant for National Ice Dancing Champions Meaghan Wing, and Erin Lowe. She produced dance performances for the movie “Deep Risings” and Buena Vista’s Vancouver promotions of the Disney movie “Mulan”. Ms. Ho was invited to choreograph for the Queen’s Royal Visit to B.C., the 2010 Sea to Sky Bid for the International Olympic Committee, the United Nations World Urban Forum Closing Ceremonies, CCTV’s New Year Special “The Same Song”, and for all the Premiers of Canada for the launch of the Canadian Pavilion at the Beijing’s Olympics. Ms. Ho was also selected as an advisor to the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and Paralympics. Ms. Ho directed and choreographed works presented to the International Olympic Committee, Governor General Michelle Jean, and the Premier Gordon Campbell for the IOC. “Red Lanterns” was performed for Prime Minister Stephen Harper during his visit to Vancouver in celebrating of Chinese New Year 2010.
Angela King is a Biological Science graduate from SFU and also has her 2nd bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education. Angela started dancing at a young age and has extensively trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, stage and musical theatre, and is also an accomplished pianist and vocalist. Angela is a recipient of various scholarships and awards of merit and has competed in many local dance competitions as well as attending various dance conventions and workshops throughout the Lower Mainland and in the States. She teaches multiple dance disciplines to all ages and has choreographed for various competitive groups, solos, and duos. Her accomplishments include performing in the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games. She has also appeared in many musical theatre productions. Selected credits include: High School Musical 2 (URP); Grease and the Wizard of Oz (FOOTLIGHT); Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen (Famous Artists); Will Rogers Follies, Holly Dolly, and Oklahoma! (RCMT); Singin’ in the Rain, Anything Goes, The Music Man, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, and Legally Blonde (TUTS).
Caitlyn Quan received her dance training since the age of four at the Vancouver Academy of Dance. She is diverse in many disciplines including classical ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and traditional Chinese Dance. In addition, Caitlyn has received numerous awards and scholarships from countless dance competitions in Canada and the United States. Highlights include taking the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal examination, competing at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City, and performing in the 2010 Winter Paralympic Opening Ceremony. Caitlyn is excited to be teaching dance alongside studying Mathematics in the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia.
Originally from New Brunswick, Hannah Theresa is a versatile dancer who graduated from the Commercial Dance Studies Program at George Brown College in Toronto. She continued her training in Melbourne, AUS at the Space Arts and Dance Centre and Dance Factory, and completed the Certificate Program at Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles. She also completed training sessions with Army of Sass and Toronto B-Girl Movement. Hannah has performed at many public and private events in Toronto including Miss Universe Canada (emiMOTION), NUMBERS Toronto Fringe &remount (Kokus Productions), Rich Bride Poor Bride (Diamond Dancers & Slice), Legally Blonde the Musical (Curtain Call Players), and performed at various events such as Dance Ontario Weekend, and Toronto’s Choreographer’s Ball.
Hannah has had the opportunity to choreograph for Pride Toronto includingWorld Pride (Sapphire Dance Productions), and music video Zemons – KaC Himself (Wango Films under the direction of April Mullen). Hannah also has a love for children’s theatre. She toured across Canada with KOBA Entertainment and took on the roles of rehearsal director and dance captain for Toopy and Binoo & the Marshmallow Moon (French and English). Hannah also co-writes and directs Santa’s Elves Sing-Along for the Toronto Christmas Market each year.
When not performing, Hannah enjoys sharing her passion of dance through teaching and has worked with studios and companies throughout Toronto and New Brunswick. She is looking forward to teaching and performing in Vancouver and to see what the city has to offer!
Jasmine Wang is a professional dancer with 17 years of experience in Chinese classical dance, Chinese folk dance, ballet, and contemporary dance. She is a graduate from Minzu University of China majoring in Dance Performance. When she was a student, she participated in large-scale performances in China, including CCTV. Not only has she traveled to Singapore for an International Dance Competition in 2011, she also represented China to perform in Russia. Jasmine has also worked and studied with dancers from Korea, Japan, America, and Spain, which further enhanced her knowledge of different cultures and styles. Furthermore, Jasmine also has taught students in a variety ages and dance styles and has led them to participate and win in competitions. During her school years at UBC, Jasmine has served as the UBC Ballet Club Vice President where she provided workshops for students and acted as the choreography consultant. Being a dance instructor for several years, Jasmine likes to provide pleasant yet challenging classes for her students’ passion.
Trained in RAD and ISTD methods, Junie Heng has danced with renowned facilities across Canada as well as New York, Los Angeles, and Beijing.
Her performance experience has brought her to stages worldwide and she brings to the Academy outstanding artistic and technical abilities.
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Kostya Keshyshev began his ballet training at the age of 11 with Odessa's Ballet Academy. In 2003 he moved to Vancouver, Canada where he continued his training with The Goh Ballet Academy until the year 2007 when he won a silver medal at the Genee International Ballet Competition. At the age of 19, Kostya had joined The Hong Kong Ballet. His first principal role was the Nutcracker Prince which he received when he was 21 years old. Since then he has done roles such as Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Albrecht in Giselle and Siegfried in Swan Lake. In 2015, Kostya moved to Winnipeg, Canada and started working with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet where he performed the roles of Dracula, Gordon in Going Home Star, and many more. In 2017, he moved back to Vancouver and started pursuing a career in teaching and participated in Vaganova's Teachers Training course which was held in Riga, Latvia the same year.
Lisa Ho is a well sought after professional dancer, choreographer, and dance educator well versed in ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, and Chinese dance. Lisa led a successful career in New York City where she appeared in the Broadway production of Shrek the Musical, A Chorus Line, The 63rd Annual Tony Awards, and regional productions of the King and I and High School Musical. Other credits include Mamma Mia! (Toronto), ABC’s Once Upon a Mattress, and City TV’s Package Deal.
Recently, Lisa was part of the creative team, led by choreographer Paul Becker, to stage the musical episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Lisa holds a bachelor of Kinesiology from SFU. She is also full certified in all levels of the American Ballet Theatre National Ballet Training Curriculum and Marie Whalton-Mahon’s Progressing Ballet Technique. Her immense knowledge and scientific approach to movement allows her to get the most from her students.
Lisa Frequently travels to guest choreograph and adjudicate across the country.
Ryan Williams, born in Surrey BC, is trained in street dance styles and commercial hip hop. His training includes SOULdiers Dance Company, directed by Kim Sato, Harbour Dance Centre’s MYM and KTL.
After training in Las Vegas for an Elite Locking Camp, Ryan made top 16 in locking at Canada’s largest street dance event: Bust a Move 2014.
Other credits include: Sonic Radio 104.9, TV’s Witches of East End Season 2 directed by Debbie Allen, Surrey School District, Jess Dance Co.
Born in Hong Kong, Sarah Po Ting Yeung started her ballet training at the Jean M. Wong School of Ballet at the age of 3. In 2005, while she trained there, Sarah received the Dame Margot Fonteyn Award from the Tsinforn C. Wong Memorial Scholarship to attend the Hamburg Ballet School in Germany. After she graduated, she danced with Dresden Semperoper Ballet, Germany and Dutch National Ballet, Holland and returned to Hong Kong in 2010 to complete further study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She joined The Hong Kong Ballet in 2010 and in 2015 she joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Canada.
Over her 10-year professional experience, she performed in many national theaters, including China, England, Germany, Holland, Spain, Italy, France, US and Canada and she was featured in major roles in classical productions. Sarah also collaborates on music videos, fashion events, advertisements, concerts and projects with photographers.
Sarah has been sharing her passion for dance and movement with students since 2010. She has experience teaching a wide variety of styles to students of all ages. She believes dance is for everyone, and she hopes to offer the students dance techniques to master their own body and confidence. Her goal is to support her students so they will shine while experiencing the joy of dance.
Since the age of 2, Taya has been engaged in many different areas of work revolving the arts. By the age of 9 years old, Taya had won three solo world championship titles in Tap, Jazz and Hiphop with a highlight of winning a gold medal in Portugal. Taya also began filming movies and TV shows locally with celebrities such as Renee Zellweger, Bradley Cooper, and John Cusack to name a few. She was cast as a principle cast member, where she even performed her dance routines, in the TV series The Guard. As Taya grew into her late teens, she quit acting to pursue her love of art in many different forms, from music to painting, and her continued love of dance. Taya is now enrolled in University in the Bachelor of Arts, Sociology program where she hopes to combine her love of the human mind, society, and all her art forms.
Valerie Ho, also known as “Ms. Vee” is a multi-faceted dancer and performer whose movement background includes Hip Hop (Freestyle, Breaking, Popping, and Locking), House, Chinese, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Swing, Salsa, Chinese Martial Arts (Wushu), Capoeria, Street Dance, and Hip-Hop culture. Vee has studied with such greats as Mr. Wiggles, Skeeter Rabbit, Poppin’ Pete, Greg Camplerock Jr, Ken Swift, and Buddha Stretch, to name a few. Performance highlights include dancing for Queen Elizabeth II and in the Broadway and touring productions of Reenie Harris’ Legends of Hip Hop, performing with the renowned Hip-Hop companies MotopMusic and Movement and The Groovaloos, and touring the world with Strathcona Chinese Dance Company. As a dance instructor, she has a Bachelor’s of Education, a Bachelor’s of Human Kinetics, and over 18 years of teaching with all levels and all ages, creating fun, challenging, and informative classes and workshops across North America and Asia.
A trailblazer in her own right, Montreal based dancer Leah ‘McFly’ McKesey aka Waackeisha continues to push the envelope of what it means to be a dancer. Along with her brother Linx, she performs as "2 Marvelous" dance company. Their undeniable dance skills have landed them on stages around the world, opening for artists like: A Tribe called Red, N.E.R.D, Stevie Wonder, Wu-Tang, Akon, The Beach Boys, and Kaytranada.
Leah is versatile, dancing: Hip Hop, Popping, Waacking, Locking, House Caribbean and Afro styles. As a young girl she trained in ballet, tap, stepping and West African. She is internationally known for battling, teaching, judging and choreographing events. She is credited in music videos, commercials, TV shows and festivals, hitting stages such as Alvin Ailey, So You Think You Can Dance, Royal Caribbean Cruise, and BET.
Leah has worked closely with Fashion houses and Fashion Weeks abroad. In New York, Paris and London she collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood and Jeremy Scott. Aside from performing and choreographing she also acts as creative director and event coordinator of different events like the self-produced Chocolate Jungle 90s jam, the "Rawomyn" exhibit, pop up shops and more within and outside of Montreal.
Leah plays a strong role in her community. She works as a youth mentor, guidance councillor, and motivational speaker within many establishments ranging from daycares to homes for the elderly and those with special needs. She has also worked with Montreal's most reputable universities like Concordia and McGill. Leah has achieved a lot over the years, and is motivated to continue moving on up.