B Sc Arch (Hons), B Arch (Hons)

Wanda has a uniquely broad range of knowledge in National and Character Dance, has more than 25 years teaching experience, and has directed major dance events for over 10 years at the Sydney Opera House as Assistant Director of the National Folkloric Festival and Artistic Director of the Festival of Cultures.

Her education was grounded in the Russian Moiseyev style, and most of her teachers came through its rigorous training and tradition. She has undertaken intensive study periods both in Australia and Moscow, learning from the very best National and Character Dance specialists. Her five visits to Moscow included extended study at the Dance Academy of the University of Natalia Nesterova (under the direction of Prof. Anatoly Borzov), the Moiseyev School, and a full scholarship at The State A.V Lunacharsky Institute of Theatrical Arts (GITIS) where she studied the teaching methodology of Character Stage Dance.

In addition to this, Wanda has attained her Advanced Certificate from the Spanish Dance Society and has studied Cuban dance in Havana and Sydney. She has performed for many years with various dance ensembles, where the repertoire included dances from Russia, the Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, the Philippines, Mexico, and Cuba.

She has taught extensively in ballet schools, tertiary institutions and for performance groups, and has had guest engagements for WAAPA, the Royal Academy of Dance, the Cecchetti Society, Ausdance, NIDA, and the University of Natalia Nesterova (Moscow). She has choreographed for productions by Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image and Sport for Jove. Wanda was a regular adjudicator of the World Dance sections for Sydney Eisteddfod and is a Trustee of the Guillermo Keys-Arenas Dance Trust.

Wanda teaches Character dance in the Full Time program at the Tanya Pearson Academy.