Owner and Artistic Director, Vanessa Boyczuk Cowan, opened VanDance studio in Taber 22 seasons ago and previous to that, operated VanDance studio in Saskatchewan for three years as well as teaching at her instructors studio, the Doris Sitter School of Dance in Moose Jaw.
Vanessa was born and raised in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan and started dancing at the age of five. She took classes in Tap Jazz and Ballet and always received exceptional results in her CDTA and RAD exams throughout her dance career. Vanessa went on to do master classes and workshops, studying in New York, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Vanessa’s true passion was the art of performance. She competed in many dance festivals throughout her dancing years receiving many scholarships and performance awards.
Vanessa has been lucky enough through the years to perform at many different venues. One of the most memorable was performing for Prime Minister at the Saskatoon Jubilee Auditorium.
After moving to Lethbridge, Vanessa opened VanDance studio in Taber.
In recent years Vanessa’s students have been lucky enough to perform aboard Royal Carribeans Stars at Sea program and at the Olympic torch relay stage.
VanDance students have gone on to perform for Stage West, Norweigen Cruise Lines, New West Theatre, and this season 4 of the 12 people in Source dance company at Harbour Dance Vancouver were graduate students of VanDance.
Vanessa has been lucky enough to share her choreographic talents with New West Theatre for 13 years choreographing over 25 summer and production shows for the Theatre company in it’s hayday. Vanessa also was a performer in the company in Kelowna BC. Vanessa has choreographed for Lethbridge Musical Theatre, Oliver, Finian’s Rainbow and this year, she collaborated with director Jeff Carlsen and choreographed Kiss Me Kate. Vanessa has also worked with the University on several occasions and proudly added “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” to her list of Musical Theatre Choreography several years ago.
In recent years, Vanessa has been sharing her skills by adjudicating in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia for Dance Power, Champions Dance Festival and other Canadian festival companies. She is also co-organizer of Festival of Friends with partner, Ms. Renee Skeoch which is coming into its 9th successful season.
Vanessa is most proud of her VanDance family; the teachers and students of VanDance. The pride and passion they show for this common love, dance, is an incredible bond. Her 2 daughters Meghan and Madi as well as her son Evan have all grown up in this dance family and still continue to stay involved in this life of dance.
With great excitement, Vanessa looks forward to this show and the upcoming season of dance in which she will be starting a company performing program to add to the already dynamic, diverse line up at VanDance.