Artist Director & Classical Ballet Director
Canadian-born and first trained in Victoria, B.C., Annette has always had a keen interest to teach and mentor young dancers. Annette’s post-graduate studies included training with some of the world’s leading dance masters with whom she took every opportunity to develop her teaching skills. Her years of dancing in London, England, New York and Stuttgart gave her the advantage of working with the world’s most renowned pedagogues at the time including: The Royal Ballet’s principal Ballet Mistress Eileen War; Merle Park and artists of the Royal Ballet; David Howard, Maggie Black, Marjorie Mussman, and many other Joffrey masters in New York; and in Stuttgart with the John Cranko Schule and the Stuttgart Company.
Under the direction of Marcia Haydee, Annette performed in most of the classical traditional ballets, as well as having the privilege of workingwith John Cranko, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, Uwe Schultz, Glenn Tetley and many others who are still setting the choreographic standard today. Upon returning to Canada, Annette fulfilled her deepest desire and following hercompletion ofThe Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certificate, she co-founded The Richmond Academy of Dance with partners Heather Joosten-Fair and Jozef Jakubowski. For the past 31 years Annette has directed the Academy’s ballet and modern programs.
Under her directorship and tutelage, and with her esteemed faculty, Annette has trained dancers who are now in companies all around the world.Annette’s goal to provide theAcademy with the most professional classical training possible on the west coast of Canada has led to internationally renowned masters and directors guest teaching the Academy’s classical professional division.
Annette shares her time as she can adjudicating festivals andassisting dance organizations. She was honoured to receive the 2013 Ethel Tibits Award in the Arts for Women of Distinction who have contributed significantly to the Richmond community. She looks forward to Richmond Academy continuing to produce Canada’s newest young professionals as well as training young artists for the love and joy of dance.