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Our Faculty

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.

Angela King

Anabel Ho

Founder & Director

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Lisa Ho

Advisor and Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary Instructor

valerie ho

Val Ho

Advisor and Hip Hop Guest Instructor

regan calicetto

Regan Calicetto

Acrobatics Instructor

Wendy Green

Wendy Green

Ballet Instructor

Angela King

Angela King

Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap Instructor

taya calicetto

Ted Littlemore

Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary Instructor

robert policarpio

Robert Policarpio

Ballet Instructor

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Evita Teng

Ballet, Chinese Dance Instructor

Caitlyn Quan

Caitlyn Quan

ARAD, Ballet. Jazz Instructor

Hannah Theresa

Hanna Theresa

Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap Instructor

Sarah Po Ting Yeung

Sarah Po Ting Yeung

Ballet Instructor

Melanie Cheung

Melanie Cheung

Ballet, Chinese, Contemporary, Acro, Ballroom

Shiny Chen

Shiny Chen

Chinese Dance

Danilo Jose de Joya

Danilo Jose de Joya

Hip-Hop, Contemporary

Vanessa Lanz

Vanessa Lanz

Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary

Victor Tran

Victor Tran

Hip-Hop

Anabel Ho - Principal ARAD, RAD RTS, AISTD, AAC, RAD International Examiner

 

Ms. Ho has taught and choreographed for over 30 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.

Lisa Ho - Advisor and Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary Instructor

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.

Val Ho - Advisor and Hip Hop Guest Instructor

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.

Regan Calicetto - Acrobatics Instructor

For 19 years, Regan Calicetto has enjoyed training and performing in a variety of styles such as Acrobatics, Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz and Tap. Training and performing with professionals such as Michelle Smith, Moses Asher Christian, Tiffany Tregarthen, Tara-Jean Popowich, to name a few, has helped Regan create her own unique style that is sought after by dancers and studio owners around the globe. Regan has taken her love of dance around the world, performing and training in the United Kingdom, Thailand, Australia and all over North America. Working with companies such as Modus Operandi, Sweett Moves, The Underground Circus, and Lux Dance Company has been an asset to her versatility. Landing principle roles in performances such as The Lover’s Cabaret, “Lovers of Hendrix” and “Lovers of Zeppelin” as well as Sweett Moves’ “Bated Breath” have been some influential highlights in her career. As an instructor, Regan has received her Acrobatic Arts Certification, allowing her to safely guide students through acrobatic training and examinations. The versatility in Regan's training has allowed her to push the boundaries of basic dance routines and create a unique art that she can share with her community. Regan is currently teaching dance as well as acrobatic workshops and classes throughout British Columbia. Regan continues to train and perform regularly around the West Coast.

Angela King - Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap Instructor

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).

Ted Littlemore

Ted Littlemore is a contemporary dance artist, musician, and one of Vancouver’s most celebrated drag performers.

 

After completing a B.A. in Psychology at McGill University, Ted turned to dance full time, studying in Vancouver and New York City. He graduated from Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Training Program in June 2018, and is now working with renowned Israeli choreographer Idan Cohen, Kate Franklin, Joshua Beamish and the Vancouver Opera, Noam Gagnon of Vision Impure, and Paraskevas Teresakis in Kinesis Dance Somatheatro. He is also developing his own work, fusing his contemporary dance practice with his expertise in drag. Performing as Mila Dramatic, he (/she!) started drag in 2013 as an exploration of the intersection of his musical, theatrical, and dance backgrounds, and won the title of Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar in 2016. Ted also studies and works as a classical and jazz pianist.

Robert Policarpio - Ballet Instructor

Robert hails from Manila, Philippines. He danced professionally with Philippine Ballet Theatre and Ballet Philippines where he performed soloist roles from the classical repertory and in works of international choreographers such as Robert Barnet, Tom Pazik, Paul de Masson, Jan Linkens, Agnes Locsin, and George Balanchine, just to name a few. Robert also works as a ballet re-stager: he had the opportunity to travel to China to restage the ballet “La Granita” for the Central Ballet of China and the ballet “Camille” for the Beijing Dance Academy. Upon retiring from the dance scene, Robert moved to Brunei Darussalam to become the resident ballet teacher/Director of the Panaga Dance Center for 17 years until his migration to Canada in 2010. Robert is a certified Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) teacher and Stott Pilates instructor.

Caitlyn Quan - ARAD, Ballet, Jazz Instructor

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.

Hannah Theresa - Jazz Hip Hop, Tap Instructor

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!

Sarah Po Ting Yeung - Ballet Instructor

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.

Evita Teng–Ballet/Chinese Instructor

A graduate of VAD, Evita began her training at the age of three covering a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballroom, tap, acro and Chinese dance. She has travelled around North America to participate in competitions, performances and conventions. These include performing in the 2010 Paralympics, New York City for YouthAmerica Grand Prix Finals and New York Dance Alliance, Los Angeles to perform in Disneyland and Florida for The Dance Awards Finals.

 

She grew up competing in several local and international competitions garnering several awards including Level 2 Highest Scoring Solo at Peak Invitational in 2011, Preteen Overall First Place at Celebrity Dance Competition in 2014 High Mark Triple Threat Power Solo in 2018.

 

Evita has completed all ISTD (Imperial Ballet) and RAD Examinations to the Advanced 2 level, and is an Acrobatic Arts Certified Teacher. Dance has sparked Evita’s interest in the field of Kinesiology in which she is currently studying at UBC. Evita is thrilled to be joining VAD’s faculty and is excited to share her love of dance with all her students. 

Melanie Cheung

Since the age of four, Melanie Cheung trained at the Vancouver Academy of Dance in a multitude of dance styles, including classical ballet, Chinese dance, contemporary, acro, and ballroom.


She has competed and performed around North America, including New York in the Youth America Grand Prix Finals, Encore National Finals in Las Vegas, and Seattle Star Ball. Melanie is a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards from her competitions. You may have seen her demonstrating Latin and Standard Dancesport Ballroom during the Summer Dance Series at Robson Square over the last few years.


Melanie has achieved the honour of Distinction in all of her ISTD and RAD Examinations. She is currently studying at UBC in the Bachelor + Master of Management program.

Shiny Chen

Shiny Chen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Education from the Zhejiang Hangzhou Normal University as well as a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from the Communication University of China. She is a member of the Chinese Dance Association of China and was formerly a dance instructor at the Zhejiang Textile & Fashion College and the University of Ningbo.  


She is versed in all areas of Chinese dance, including Chinese classical, folk and minority dance styles. During her career, Ms. Chen has had the opportunity to travel to Germany, Greece, Istanbul, Egypt, Morocco and Taiwan for cultural exchange. She has also published a book named “The Chinese Dragon Dance.” Shiny has led her students to achieve numerous awards in dance competitions in China and Germany. Having now relocated to Canada, she is very much looking forward to sharing her culture and love for dance with Vancouver Academy of Dance’s next generation of students.

Danilo Jose de Joya

Danilo Jose (DJ) de Joya began dancing in 2010 with Praise TEAM studio. He has trained in various styles such as hip-hop, locking, popping, breaking and contemporary. Aside from Praise TEAM, DJ has trained with one of Vancouver’s most premier hip-hop teams in UNITY Dance Company. Training with UNITY from 2015 – 2020, DJ is now ready to share his insight and train the next generation of students at Panorama!


Since 2012, DJ has competed at many local competitions like Synergy, Peak, Dance Power, Terpsichore and the Dance World Cup. With Unity, DJ has had the privilege of dancing in many high-level international competitions including, World of Dance, Bridge NorCal, Collaboration NorCal and Fusion XVIII / XIX.


DJ is currently studying at Simon Fraser University in the History program. He intends to become a high school teacher, where he plans to teach Social Studies and Dance.

Vanessa Lanz

Vanessa received her formal training from Kirkwood Academy of Dance in New Westminster. During her time at Kirkwood, Vanessa toured internationally with Royal City Youth Ballet to Alaska, Mexico, Disneyland, across Canada and on Carnival Cruise Lines. Along with these performances, she has also participated in The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella and various National Dances. Vanessa has attended Toronto Dance Theatre Summer Intensive, Ballet Jörgen Summer Intensive, Arts Umbrella/Ballet BC Summer Intensive and Royal City Youth Ballet's Summer School to further her training. She has also worked with choreographers: Joe Laughlin of Joe Ink, Desiree Dunbar, Judith Garay, Rob Kitsos, Karen Jamieson, Heather Grey, Heather Dotto, Bengt Jörgen, and Crystal Pite.


Vanessa has done the Royal Academy of Dance ballet for over 20 years, where she has obtained her Advanced level in the RAD syllabus at the age of 14 and became a registered RAD instructor in 2010. For the past 13 years, Vanessa has taught ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance to all ages in competitive and non-competitive settings. In 2014, Vanessa was one of the youngest RAD teachers to put a candidate through their Solo Seal Award in Canada. Vanessa became certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique to further her training as a teacher, developed by Marie Walton-Mahon.


Vanessa also has received a rare opportunity to work with Ice Dancers and Single Skaters in their on-ice and off-ice training for over 9 years. She has worked with men, women and couples to help perfect their on-ice movements and give them a ballet foundation in the studio. Vanessa has worked personally with National Team members of all levels and genres and worked with Olympic Silver Medalist Kevin Reynolds.


Vanessa has obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from Simon Fraser University in 2012. At Simon Fraser University, she was a part of the Off Centre Dance Company. She studied under Judith Garay (the owner of Dancer's Dancing), Rob Kitsos, Cheryl Prophet, Marla Eist, Farley Johansson, Megan Walker Straight and many others. From these teachers, Vanessa has become well versed in modern techniques such as Graham and Cunningham. Vanessa has a goal to work for her Master's in Dance through the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England, and become an Academy of Dance examiner.

Victor Tran

Victor Tran is a prominent street dance b.boy frequently known in the underground scene as Savage Rock, living and dancing as a settler on the Coast Salish territories. Savage’s expertise lies in dance forms originating from the Bronx in the early 1970s: breaking, rocking, and hustle. Savage has over 15 years of experience in various roles from mentor to producer and holds numerous titles as a battle specialist. 


With his crew - Now or Never - Savage has travelled all over the world performing and battling. In 2010, they closed the Vancouver Winter Olympics alongside rap superstar K-OS. Victor is also one-half of the partner-dance duo, Savage & Samuelle — international hustle innovators who lead and expand the local hustle communities. Savage also holds various positions as an arts and cultural administrator. He co-directs communications for CADA/West; is the social media manager for the plastic orchid factory; event director of Twice as Nice; and the executive director for Hustle at RS Dance Society.

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