Anna Clarke was born in England and moved to Kelowna, B.C. at the age of 12 years old. With a passion for dance from an early age, Anna trained at various dance classes within the Okanagan. Once Anna left High School she realized she needed to begin training at a more advanced level.
“I began my journey in Dance at the age of seventeen when I traveled to the UK to further my study in Dance. I trained everyday in Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet and Urban as well as Choreography. After graduating with a Diploma, I wanted to pursue a career as a professional dancer.”
After College, Anna landed her first professional contract as a dancer at a holiday resort in Wales, UK. Performing 5 production shows a week, as well as entertaining the holiday guests.
“Being involved in such a variety of different shows was an amazing experience for me and helped me grow in my in my performance skills. It was incredible to perform daily in front of thousands of people.”
From there, Anna moved to the hustle and bustle of London, England, living the life of a freelance dancer, gaining various contracts during her time there.
“Being in London was tough as a performer, but also so rewarding. My favorite dance job in London was being a backing dancer for the Bollywood Film Stars at the Bojhpuri Film Awards at the O2 Arena. It was such a unique fun experience and definitely one of my favorite memories to look back on.”
Now back in Kelowna and wanting to share her skills, knowledge and experience. Anna has started Hype Dance with Beginner Hip Hop / Commercial Classes for various ages and a Dance Fitness Class to help those who love to dance and want to keep in shape.
“My dreams and goals have shifted slightly as I am now looking to open my own Dance School in Kelowna. This is something I have always thought I would eventually move onto, as I found, as a teenager in Kelowna, I wanted to dance, yet had nowhere to go. I want to change this, so everyone has somewhere to go to do what they love!”