Our faculty.

Members of our faculty are exemplary mentors for our students. They are role models who can motivate and influence our youth to make good choices, have strong values and lead healthy lifestyles. Aside from being wonderful teachers, they are accomplished and sought-after choreographers and recipients of prestigious world-class awards. They impart the values of good work ethics and commitment, striving for excellence, working together, supporting and accepting one another.

Anita Perel-Panar, M.A.

Artistic Director & Co-Owner

Anita Perel-Panar has been educating children in music, dance and drama for over 30 years. Her fascination with creativity, imagination, inherent motivation, human nature and actualizing human potential led to completing her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English, Music and Drama. She then completed her Masters of Arts degree with a thesis on The Development of Artistic Awareness in Children. She has extensive training in Ballet and other forms of dance.

Anita’s passion for the arts coupled with her love for teaching led her to establish A Star Studio, A Star Productions, A Star Society and Boogaloo Academy.

Her dream to integrate the arts where students can develop their creative, expressive, and physical potential is now a reality. She is thrilled to be working with our talented and dedicated teachers who share her vision and join her in providing an excellent education for all our students.

Jheric Hizon (B-Boy “Twist”).

Co-owner / Hip Hop and Breakin’ Teacher

Jheric Hizon specializes in Hip Hop and Breakin’ and is a pioneer in the Vancouver street dance scene, having taught many of Vancouver’s hip hop teachers. He maintains a hectic schedule as an international dance instructor, choreographer, adjudicator and performer. Along with his performing career, Jheric has had the privilege of judging and teaching over 30,000 dancers across North America and Southeast Asia at dozens of dance studios, conventions and competitions.

Jheric is a member of the Now or Never Breakin’ Crew, who won the title of Canadian Breaking Champions in 2008 and represented Canada, competing with 20 other countries in front of an audience of 25,000 people; placing among the world’s best breakin’ crews at Battle of the Year International Germany (the world’s largest breakin’ battle).

Jheric was also chosen to choreograph and perform in the Vancouver Olympics 2010 Closing Ceremonies. Other performances include The Black Eyed Peas, Dance Delight, concert openings, Mercedes Benz, Nike Presto, Disney Radio and Ayumi Hamasaki (Japan’s Queen of Pop). Apart from dancing, he has appeared in several television shows, commercials, documentaries and a feature film.

Mackenzie Anderson.

Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Acro, Preschool specialist

Mackenzie Anderson is originally from Ottawa ON. Her background includes a wide variety of dance training in Jazz, Tap, Modern, Acro, Hip-Hop as well as an intensive study in Ballet, attaining a membership in the Royal Academy of Dance. Mackenzie has 12 years experience in the performing arts industry as a Program Director, Choreographer, Costumes Assistant and Dance Instructor.

She has created 2 successful dance programs at a community centre and KaliAndrews Dance Company in Ottawa, teaching children between the ages of 2.5–16 years old. 

Working with children brings Mackenzie so much joy and she also has experience working as an Early Childhood Educator, a Camp Counselor, a Nanny and most recently the Youth Engagement Coordinator at the Adoptive Families Association of BC. 

Mackenzie is excited to share her positive attitude and love for dance with the Boogaloo community!

Jenna Escobido.

Hip hop

Jenna Escobido has been trained in hip hop for 8 years. She has had the opportunity to perform all over the lower mainland, Disney Land, and has competed and won in many competitions all over North America. She has been teaching and coaching competitive groups for 4 years and teaches at her former high school and multiple elementary schools and preschools. She is very happy to be working with all the amazing dancers at Boogaloo Academy.

Shuya Liao.

Hip hop

Shuya has been studio-trained in hip hop and prides herself on her love for expressive movement. Shuya’s personal style of hip hop is more of a fusion, as it takes inspiration primarily from tutting and contemporary dance. She believes that dance has no definition, shape or size, but rather it is what allows us to convey who we are and what we feel. She considers every performance an opportunity to unmask every side of yourself as she has done through the many styles of hip hop that she has developed during her journey as a dancer. Her greatest hope is that she can continue to inspire students by showing them the many styles of street dance one can explore.

Shuya believes that every dancer has a personal style that can be brought out through exploration and training and she is so happy to be able to help the students at Boogaloo discover their potential!

Randall Mella.

Hip hop

Randall Mella is a dancer, choreographer, performer, instructor and creative director originally from Edmonton, Alberta. He began his training at a young age of 4 with traditional filipino dancing, hip hop, and breakdancing. With a growing love for hip hop and commercial choreography, Randall continued to broaden his training with frequent trips to Los Angeles attending and assisting classes at prestigious studios such as Millennium Dance Complex, KreativMndz Dance Academy, Movement Lifestyle, IMMASpace, and many more. Since then he has explored multiple styles of dance from popping, animation, locking, krump, waacking, house, jazz funk and contemporary all to add to his own unique approach to movement. He has trained closely and mentored under prestigious choreographers such as Alexander Chung, Carlo Atienza, Diana Matos, Free Boogie, Anze Skrube, and many more.

Randall’s career highlights include dancing in Kenny Ortega’s Netflix series “Julie and the Phantoms”, performing live on televised stage alongside “Lia Cole” for her international tour, choreographing for “Chloe Morgan” for her virtual production, teaching at the “Post Dance Experience” convention, and competing three times at “Hip Hop International” the most internationally recognized hip hop competition! He has also performed for multiple artists such as Tyga, Kid Ink, Rich Brian, and the America’s Best Dance Crew Tour. Randall is popularly known for his direction of two professional dance companies: Cool Giraffes and NXG Company, both of which made marks on national and international competition scenes. Cool Giraffes are best known for their 1st place finish at the Canadian Hip Hop Championships and a top 10 finish at Hip Hop International out of 55+ teams. With NXG Company, he was in direction for two consecutive 1st place titles at Artists Emerge All-Stars, 1st place finish at World of Dance Edmonton and choreographed for the “ENERGY” show in Los Angeles produced by Alexander Chung and Gina Pero. 

Randall’s mission is to utilize his love for dance and creative direction to inspire anyone with a passion to pursue their wildest dreams. Through positivity and authenticity balanced with hard work and dedication, he strives to influence other artists to work to their highest potential and accomplish their own incredible feats in order to help live out and further his mission. We’re so happy to welcome Randall to our team!

Amanda Ryman.

Amanda Ryman Amanda is from Calgary, Alberta, where she began dancing at the age of 3. She has 18 years of dance experience and 8 years of competing at dance competitions with her studio. She is trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Musical Theatre, acro and hip hop. Amanda has 5 years experience in choreography training, teaching and stage management. She loves helping young dancers to follow their passion in dance, advance their technique and movement. She later followed her passion in the arts to pursue a 4 year Dance Minor in technique and choreography along with a Psychology degree with courses in child development in which she will be completing this coming year at the UBC. Amanda also is professionally trained vocally and occasionally performs around Calgary and Vancouver sharing her love for music and the arts. With her fun yet technical way of teaching, she is very excited to teach and help every dancer achieve their goals. She is excited to teach students the importance and fun of dance, music and technique and spread love and positivity to the Boogaloo community!

Daniela Santi.

Daniela was born and raised in Argentina. She started performing at the age of 12. In 2016, she got her degree in Musical Theatre in Buenos Aires, and in 2017 she moved to Los Angeles to continue her studies and professional career. She performed for several shows such as Beauty and the Beast, Sister Act, and others. She also worked as a theatre educator for Westside Children’s theatre. She moved to Vancouver in 2021, and she is part of the cast of We Will Rock You at TUTS this summer. She is thrilled to be working at Boogaloo Academy.

Frankie Warren.

Hip hop, Jazz funk

Frankie Warren graduated from the University of Calgary with a BFA specializing in dance; and then moved to Vancouver to further her dance career. Some of Frankie’s major achievements have been lead dancer in the “IOU2” visual album , released by Lido (LA artist), Choreographer for the Body Gold music video by Lozen Music (Vancouver artist), dancer and choreographer for the 2018 IGNITE Festival, and choreographer and dancer in an Onni Group Realtor video Listed by Sawyer + Brandon. Frankie has also worked with renowned choreographers such as Luther Brown, Peggy Baker, and Cirque du Soleil, and has a passion for performing and directing in TV and film. Frankie is thrilled to be sharing her knowledge, passion and creativity with the athletes and artists at Boogaloo Academy.

Shea Wonacott.

Shea is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer from Salmon Arm, BC who grew up training in a wide array of dance styles at Shuswap Dance Center. She has completed her modern and ballet ISTD examinations and started teaching and choreographing for students at the age of 15. She moved to Texas and attended the jazz and contemporary trainee program at Joffrey Ballet School while teaching at Legacy Dance Center. After her training, Shea landed a job dancing on Disney Cruise Lines traveling all around the Caribbean and performing a wide variety of shows. After the cruise, she danced at the Edge Academy in Los Angeles and taught dance at KYDS. She now lives in Vancouver and dances for The Source Dance Company. Throughout all of this, Shea has continued to teach dance and choreograph a plethora of numbers for all styles and levels alike. Shea loves to share the love of dance with her students while watching her creative vision and art come alive on the stage.

Sarah Po Ting Yeung.

Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical

Born in Hong Kong, Sarah started her ballet training at the Jean M. Wong School of Ballet at the age of 3, while she trained there, in 2005 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 Dreseden Semper Oper 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, 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 like Big Swan in Swan Lake, Mercedes in Don Quixote, Sugar plum fariy in Nutcracker, Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Paquita, and Balachine’s Rubies,Serenade,Theme and Variation ,Suite en Blanc. Sarah worked with many world famous contemporary choreographers including some who created parts on her John Neumeier, Jorma Elo, David Dawson, James Kudelka, Krzysztof Pastor, Terence Koehler, Mark Gordon, Peter Quanz, Kinsun Chan, Li Jun and Yuri Ng.
Sarah has been sharing her passion for dance and movement with students since 2010 and has experience in teaching a wide variety of styles to students of all ages. She is recently studying Progressive Ballet Technique from US and Vaganova Teacher Training Course in Riga. Sarah believes dance is for everyone and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with everyone at Boogaloo Academy.

Qualification highlights:
Vaganova Teaching Training
Royal Academy of Dance Advance 2
Pilates for Dancers (Mat & Reformer)
Commonwealth Society of Teacher’s Dancing Modern Jazz G2

Achievements:
South China Morning Post Dancer’s of the Year – Honorable Mention
Shen Zhen International Dance Competition – Silver Medal
Hong Kong Ballet Starts Award – Gold Medals