Wendy  Van Dyck

Wendy Van Dyck

Adjunct Professor, Dance

Wendy van Dyck was born in Tokyo, and received her early dance and music training with Fifi Hut in Missoula, Montana. Harold Christensen saw her at age eleven, and awarded her a Ford Foundation Scholarship to study at the San Francisco Ballet School. She joined the company in 1979, and in 1987, was promoted to Principal Dancer by Helgi Tomasson. She has danced leading roles in Romeo and Juliet (Smuin), La Sylphide (Bournonville), The Nutcracker (Christensen/Tomasson), Giselle (Perrot/Coralli), Cinderella (Smuin), The Dream Pas de Deux and Monotones I (Ashton), In the Night (Robbins), Forgotten Land (Kylian), Sunset (Taylor), Sons of Horus and The Wanderer (Bintley), Kudelka's The Comfort Zone and Dreams of Harmony, Hamlet and Ophelia pas de deux (Caniparoli), Duo Concertante (Balanchine), Brahms/Schoenberg Quartet, Chaconne, Western Symphony, Theme and Variations, Allegro Brilliante, Serenade, The Four Temperaments, and many others.

Ms. Van Dyck has toured the world, including appearances at the Edinburgh Festival, the Spoleto Festival, the Reykjavik Festival, and performances in Athens, Tokyo, Singapore, Bogota, Jerusalem and Paris. In 1996, Ms. Van Dyck co-founded the Lawrence Pech Dance Company with Lawrence Pech, and danced with the company as well as choreographing, directing and teaching.

From 1996 - 2000 she was a member of the faculty of the San Francisco Ballet School during which time she developed and directed the first Pilates Program for the San Francisco Ballet Company and School. She also worked as a Pilates trainer for the Stone Clinic for Orthaopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Ms. Van Dyck has modeled for various companies such as Steelcase Corporation, Jessica McLintock, Royal Viking Lines and Macy's Department Stores. She has done commercial films for Traveler's Insurance, Rite Aid Drug Stores and Harvey's Bristol Cream. Currently, she works with the San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program. Ms. Van Dyck holds a BA with an emphasis in Performing Arts from Saint Mary's College.