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 ad 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 new to Vancouver and excited to share her positive attitude and love for dance with the Boogaloo community!

Arielle Ballance

Musical Theatre

Arielle Ballance is an award-winning music director, accompanist, educator, and performer. A classically trained pianist, she also holds a diploma in Theatre Arts from MacEwan University. Arielle has worked with numerous musical theatre companies in BC and Alberta, including Carousel Theatre for Young People (Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!”, A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill — Jessie Award nomination), Theatre Under the Stars (Newsies, 42nd Street), Alberta Opera (The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Sleeping Beauty) and Raincity Theatre (Company — Ovation Award Winner, Outstanding Music Direction). We’re so happy to welcome Arielle to our team!

Rowena “RoRo” Cacapit

Hip hop & Hip hop Contemporary

RoRo was a self-taught street dancer when she began her career coaching, managing and choreographing at the young age of 14. She currently shares her love of dance as a professional dancer, instructor, adjudicator and choreographer. She continues to direct and choreograph several award winning teams and has won various choreography and scholarship awards, however, awards and winning have never been important to her.

Mikhail Baryshnikov’s quote, “I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.,” is a quote she bases her whole career on and hopes to spread this to all of her students.

Speaking of students…RoRo is “always a student, never a master” and has had the privilege of receiving training from artists such as Tara Jean Popowich (Pharrell, Carly Rae Jepsen) Fikshun (SYTYCD), Flo Master (You Got Served, Step Up 2), Brian Friedman (Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson) Vincent Paterson (Michael Jackson, Madonna) Stacey Tookey (Justin Timberlake, Christina Perri) and many other amazing artists in this craft. RoRo has also had the insane opportunity to do choreography by Kanec (Step Up 3D) and Brian Drake (The Brian Drake Company) as a featured dancer in a music video filmed at the Universal Studios in Hollywood, L.A. She has also just recently finished choreographing and dancing for the second season of a nationwide television show that has not yet aired.

This is all blah blah blah bio mumbo-jumbo by the way and at the end of the day RoRo is just a girl who loves to joke around, laugh, play volleyball, eat sushi, vibe to good music, and of course dance! She hopes to be able to spread her enthusiasm and love for this beautiful art forever. <3

Eric Cheung

Popping

Born and raised in Calgary Alberta, Eric Cheung is a dance artist who specializes in the street style of Popping. Eric is currently working with Ouro Collective, in which last season performed in the new creation “HAKO”. As an artist, Eric strives to always show the most authentic version of himself whenever he performs. Exposing his truths in his movement and intention in every performance. He is passionate about pushing the boundaries of street dance and its possibilities by exploring into different domains such as performing in Virtual Reality (VR), creating short films and bringing street dance into a contemporary light. Eric is thrilled to be working with all the amazing dancers at Boogaloo Academy.

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!

Missy Martin

Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical and Musical Theatre

Missy has been teaching dance for over 20 years. She began her career in Prince George where she studied ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre. She received her R.A.D Advanced 2 certificate at the age of 16 while dancing the lead role of Clara in the Production of the Nutcracker alongside the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and Ballet BC Alumni Edmund Kilpatrick. As a Provincial Rep she has been awarded runner up in ballet in 1997 and won the jazz and stage category in 1998. Since moving to Vancouver Missy has partnered with choreographer Paul Becker dancing in movies such as Josie and the Pussy Cats, and Life or Something Like it, starring Angelina Jolie. She has also worked with Chris Kattan as a dance stunt double in the film Totally Awesome and has done a National commercials for Macy’s. She has worked on the TV show American Dreams with Brittany Snow. She has also taken two large groups to dance in California at Disneyland choreographing the jazz and stage show alongside for Douglas Ballet Academy . Missy is a passionate teacher and taught for Dance Collective, formerly Douglas Ballet Academy for 18 years building the jazz programme. Her choreography has won many awards in Competitions and has students that have gone on to dance in ballet and jazz companies and some have also become dance instructors. She specializes in teaching jazz, contemporary stage and lyrical, but also teaches ballet, and pointe, youth tap and musical theatre.

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!

Samantha Penner

Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet & Lyrical

Samantha is a dancer, instructor, and choreographer,with a BFA degree in Dance from Simon Fraser University. Among other styles, she is trained in contemporary, modern, lyrical, jazz, technique, ballet, musical theatre/stage, improvisation, composition, and movement analysis. Through SFU, Samantha has trained and performed works by Vanessa Goodman, Wen Wei Wang, Yossi & Oded Dance Theatre, Lesley Telford, and many more. Samantha’s passion for dance shines through her students: she has taught students from age 2-19, both competitive and recreational. In 2016, she had the opportunity to create a contemporary piece for the opening ceremonies of the BC Summer Games, which was performed for an audience of 8,000 spectators.

Samantha has a deep desire to immerse young dancers in the love of the arts, and she believes that being involved in the arts has a profound impact on the development of children and teenagers. She is excited to be a part of the Boogaloo team!

Samantha Presley

Contemporary, Jazz, and Improvisation/Composition

Samantha is a dynamic performer, instructor, artist and scholarship recipient, who is most fulfilled when she is active and creating meaningful art within the community. Samantha has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Dance, and has studied contemporary, ballet, and various modern dance techniques extensively at Simon Fraser School for the Contemporary Arts. She premiered her first full length show in 2016 entitled “Playful Parameters”; and remounted it later that year for the SFU FCAT conference, where she also gave a talk on her process of creating dances that are inspired by the movement patterns and unique behaviors of young children.

Samantha is passionate about sharing her love for movement, health and fitness, while acting as a role model inspiring personal growth and confidence in her students.

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.

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