Ballroom Dance – art, sport, recreation – a universal and compelling form of creative expression and communication.
Dancing has been a part of my life since childhood. I learned to Waltz and Polka at my European family’s social functions, weddings and community dances. I went on to study Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz dance at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. On a Students Working Abroad Program, I attended a summer school in Paris, France for Ballet. The rest of that year was mostly spent in London, England where I completed International Style Ballroom and Latin Medal exams.
Back home in Canada, I attended Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, studying Kinesiology, Ballet and Contemporary Dance, receiving a Health and Fitness Certificate. I also hold a degree in Recreation Administration – Arts and Culture, from the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
I’ve taught Ballroom and Latin Dance in a wide variety of settings including private Ballroom Dance Studios in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, the Drama and Physical Education Departments at the University of Alberta, University Dance Clubs in Edmonton and Victoria, Elementary and High Schools, recreation centres and the Victoria Ballroom Dance Society! I have teacher’s certificates in both International and American Style holding Licentiate degrees in Standard and Latin, Rhythm and Smooth. I am a Member of the Canadian DanceSport Federation and Canadian Dance Teachers Association.
Teaching, training, competing, performing, organizing special events – dance has provided me with these many life enriching and exhilarating experiences. I have competed professionally and pro/am (professional/amateur) in Canada and the United States. I have also attended the Blackpool Ballroom Dancers Federation Congress in Blackpool, England.
Since moving to Victoria, I have had the opportunity to perform Ballroom and Latin dance on the stages of the Royal and McPherson Theatres. I won “Stars on Stage” with Gordie Tupper at one of those occasions.
Another highlight in this city has been my involvement in a feature film. I choreographed the dream sequence in the Bollywood movie, “Rab Rakha”, shot here in Victoria in July, 2014. What an amazing and fulfilling experience! Hopefully it will be in theatres soon.
Follow your passion. Whether one wants to enjoy dancing for fun and social reasons or to explore this unique discipline in depth for performance or competition, it is an activity which is healthy and developmental for body, mind and spirit.
“Wanda is amazing. She’s more than knowledgeable – she’s encouraging and motivating. I want to learn and one of the things I like about Wanda is that whenever she sees me doing something wrong, she corrects my mistakes in a gentle manner that keeps me motivated to learn more. I really look forward to coming to class.” Jean Dickson, Victoria, BC