"What makes a good dance teacher first is to have the dance experience of being a very fine performer at a very high technical level.”
Madame Peff Modelski
Our faculty roster is composed of teachers who have trained intensively and performed professionally in their field. We make sure that we share our knowledge wholeheartedly and emanate the same passion we have had as performing artists. We are also aware that learning is a never-ending process. Thus, as teachers, we constantly educate ourselves through teacher trainings and immersions. Come learn with us for all we want is to share the beautiful world of performing arts with you.
Verna started dancing at the age of 3 in Baguio City under Evelyn Crispillo and Bernadette Llabres. She then got scholarships to train with the Cultural Center of the Philippines Dance School (CCPDS) where she trained with many local and foreign ballet masters. In 1997, she was accepted as an Apprentice of Ballet Philippines, the country’s premiere dance company for ballet and contemporary dance. After being awarded the Most Outstanding Apprentice, she was then promoted as a company member in 1999. She then became a Soloists, dancing lead roles in the company’s productions and tours both locally and internationally.
Apart from dancing, Verna has also been a faculty of the CCPDS, the company’s official dance school. In 2001, she was chosen to be the School Principal. Here, she has trained many students and professional dancers alike, choreographed, and restaged productions both for the CCPDS and Ballet Philippines. More...
Cheung Hiu Wah, Joyce
Joyce graduated at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts majoring in Ballet with bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts. She has participated in various kinds of dance performances and competitions such as the Hong Kong Challenge Cup Competition, the Hong Kong Open Dance Competition and the Hong Kong (Asia) Solo Dance Competition and achieved different awards. She was also awarded the Dance Faculty Academic Scholarship at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
She worked with different renowned choreographers such as Jonathan Watkins with the pieces “Osmosis” in the spring of 2019 and “Pull, Push and all in between” in the summer of 2017. Kinsun Chan with the piece “The Grid” in 2018 fall season, and Raymond Chai with the piece “Architecture of Wu” in 2017 Fall Season.
Joyce has also got the experience of teaching ballet in different educational sectors including children and vocational level. She is also the registered teacher of Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).
Jane Carla Leynes
Jane started dancing as early as 6 years old and is trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary and cheer leading. With classical ballet as her dance foundation, she took both Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (ACB) exams and passed with Distinction marks. In 2003, she competed in Melbourne, Australia where her group won the Silver Medal in the group competition of the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.
While in College, Jane was a member of the prestigious UST Saliggawi Dance Troupe, and competed with the team for 4 years, bagging 3 consecutive championships in a row. In 2006, she also had the opportunity to be one of the 20 dancers performing and representing the Philippines in the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Asian Games held in Doha, Qatar. Jane also was a part of the opening cast of The Lion King Musical Mandarin Production in Shanghai Disneyland as an Ensemble Dancer in 2016.
She is now currently working at Hong Kong Disneyland as Dance Captain/Dancer of the Festival of the Lion King. She was also part of the EnP Company whose piece won a Gold and the Best Performance Award for the Open Contemporary Dance Category at the 46th Hong Kong Open Dance Contest.
Teacher Jane has a diverse background in dancing and performing and she wants to use that to inspire the younger generations of the world of artistry and dance.
Mark Ryan Torrente
Passionately immersed into the world of dance and performing for more than 15 years, Mark started dancing in his hometown in Leyte, Philippines. He is trained in a variety of styles which includes jazz, ballet, Philippine folk dance, modern and contemporary.
Mark moved to Hong Kong 8 years ago to be part of the parade team at Hong Kong Disneyland. He has also been a part of the opening team of the stage show, Mickey's Wondrous Book. He is currently a chorus dancer in the Festival of the Lion King.
A generous dancer and artist in his own special way, Mark collaborates with different choreographers and dancers to create art. He first collaborated with Edge 'n Pointe for the 2014 Philippines Tour. He has also essayed the roles of Carabbose in Sleeping Beauty, Stepsister in Cinderella, and lead roles for contemporary pieces on the EnP stage and international tours.
Furthermore, Mark has trained and choreographed for the younger jazz students of EnP. He has also created a jazz piece for the EnP Company which garnered a Gold Award at the 46th HK Open Dance Contest.