A Thirty-Five Year History of Excellence in Dance

Faculty

Maureen Eastick – Artistic Director, Founder

Finale of "The Russian Fable"Maureen Eastick, A.R.A.D. B.FA teacher and choreographer, is the Artistic Director of Pacific Dance Centre, a school with a national reputation for excellence. She holds a bachelor in fine arts from the University  of Victoria and has adjudicated many festivals and has been a guest teacher throughout British Columbia. An indication of her distinguished career as a dance educator is the consistently high number of her students who have subsequently earned distinction in professional dance careers throughout North America and Europe. In recognition of her outstanding work Mrs. Eastick has attained Life Member status with the Royal Academy of Dance. In 2012, she was awarded the Dance Victoria Crystal Award for a lifetime of contributing to dance in the community.

Wendy Vernon – Director of the Junior School

Wendy has been teaching ballet for over forty years and brings a wealth of experience to her position at Pacific Dance Centre. Her background in theatre, as well as her ballet training in the Royal Academy of Dance styles enables her to bring the world of the stage and performance alive for her young students. A mother of four, Wendy has been influenced by her experience as a mother. “It changed my focus as a teacher entirely when I had my own children. I began to see my role as encouraging the young people to focus, to strive to be better,respect each other and to follow their natural curiosity: look deeper into the art of dance. Very few are going to dance professionally – and that is not their goal. At PDC we provide training at a high level so that, if they so desire, that option is always open to them but for most the training provides life-long memories of performing on Victoria’s stages in beautiful costumes, of learning what it means to be a good team player, respect for and deep and profound love of, an exquisite form of dance.”

Leah Wickes 

In each class she teaches, Leah strives to engage and inspire the students she works with.  Ms. Wickes recently completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and is now a Registered Teacher.  She has also completed an intensive ten day teacher training course at The American Ballet Theatre in New York (2012,Primary through Level 3). Most recently, Leah travelled to San Francisco to attend the American Dance Festival’s Winter Intensive, a five day contemporary dance workshop (2016).  Leah brings an abundance of training and passion into her lesson planning, teaching and choreography and enjoys working with students of all ages!

After graduating from Simon Fraser University with a BFA in Dance (2006), Leah has been teaching, choreographing and performing in Victoria and Vancouver, BC.  For the past six years, Leah has owned and operated Whitespace Dance.  Over the last ten years, Leah has also developed Creative Dance and Ballet programs through community centres, daycares and public schools and has been faculty at Academy of Ballet and Raino Dance and has guest taught at Pacific Dance Centre.  She was one of five founding members of the contemporary dance collective coMOTION. Thanks to the support of the British Columbia Arts Council and Dance Victoria, coMOTION commissioned Lynda Rain’s work TWO (2010) and Joe Laughlin’s work Go Forth Gently (2011).

Leah is a proud mother of a toddler named James, and wife to her husband Greg. Any time she’s not in the studio, she can be found playing,reading, scribbling, singing or snuggling with her son and drinking (much needed) coffee with her husband!

Pianists – Michael Drislane, Renee Sing and Jany Lu.

Administrator – Janie Keenlyside