Anna Pozihun School of Dance

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Anna Pozihun School of Dance was a dance studio in Thunder Bay run by Anna Pozihun.

Anna Pozihun

NAZAREC Mrs. Anne Nazarec (nee Pozihun), age 76 years passed away peacefully with her family at her bedside on Saturday February 4th, 2006 at the St' Joseph's Hospital - Hospice Division. As was her wish she was cremated on Monday February 6th, 2006. Anne was born on December 4th, 1929 in Port Arthur to Peter and Margaret Pozihun. On February 18th, 1950, Anne and Maurice Nazarec married and became proud parents of Larry and later Tammy. Miss Anna (as she was affectionately known) had a great passion for the cultural field. She attended many well known Dance Schools in North America and never being satisfied in improving her knowledge and perfection in this field, she became an adjudicator in her own right. She organized her own Dance Studio, which she taught for over half a century. Still not being satisfied, she opened up a boutique catering to students interested in this field. Anne leaves behind her loving husband, Maurice, son Larry, daughter Tammy Eckman (Darrell), grandchildren Cassandra, Jessica, Brandon, brother Dan (Margaret), sisters Eleanor Kushnier (Stan), Nellie Crowe (Gerry), brother-in-law Stan Nazarec and many nieces and nephews. In 'Celebration of her life' a memorial will be held at the Italian Cultural Centre, 132 S. Algoma Street in Thunder Bay on Wednesday February 8th, 2006 beginning at 12:00 Noon. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations (if so inclined) to go to the Northern Cancer Research Foundation, 980 Oliver Road Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6V4"

Eleanor Kushnier

Eleanor Kushnier, obituary picture, circa 2018
Eleanor Kushnier, born August 15, 1933 passed away unexpectedly on March 10, 2019. She attended school at Port Arthur Technical (Hillcrest) then began her career at the Lumber and Sawmill Workers Union that spanned 40 years, most of those as office manager. As a youngster, she, her brother, and sisters were involved with Ukrainian dancing, which evolved into being a big help to her sister Anna Pozihun’s School of Dance, spending many evenings and weekends there… especially at times of performances and Music Festivals. This tradition carried on to her daughter’s teaching endeavors.

She was married to the love of her life, Stan, on October 4, 1952. Their relationship is a shining example to all of us about love and commitment. Their home and children were of utmost importance. Summers were spent enjoying camping and fishing, road trips, blueberry picking and their yard. Involvement with her children as well as Randy’s children’s events were evident through attendance at most football and hockey games, dance and band recitals. She was proud of their achievements, scholastic and otherwise and was their biggest fan. In later years, short road trips “just south of the border” were of great enjoyment.

Eleanor is survived by husband Stan, sons Randy (Evelyn), Wayne, daughter Sheryl (Cory); grandchildren Dave (Dan), Lisa, Rachel and Lauren; brother Dan (Marge) Pozihun; in-laws Lynda (Cos) Costa, Rosemarie (Ivan) Rabideau, Janet Kushnier, Frank (Rita) Kushnier. She was predeceased by parents Margaret and Peter Pozihun, in-laws Fanny and Peter Kushnier, infant daughter Sharon, sisters Anna (Maurice) Nazarec, Nellie Crowe, brother in law Ted Kushnier.

Private family graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or charity of choice is appreciated.
— Obituary, Chronicle-Journal, 2019 [4]

Eleanor Kushnier's daughter Sheryl Kushnier also had a studio. "Sheryl Kushnier had her own home based dance studio. Can’t remember the name of it but it used to be listed in the Key." - Jane Einarson [1]


  • Lisa Salonen "I as well as many others, took dancing lessons from her for many years in Thunder Bay from when I was two years old in 1969, up until I was a teenager. She offered ballet, tap, jazz, toe, [Cecchetti], and Ukrainian dancing at her studio. Her students completed various examinations, participated in annual concerts and performances, and went in yearly dance festivals where we were adjudicated. She was born Anne Nazarec I believe (we called her "Miss Anna" in class :) ... This was a HUGE and integral part of my childhood years and I loved my years with Anna :)" [1]
  • Jacalyn Cop Rasmussen "[Anna] was an integral part of the dance community." [1]
  • Karen Ranta "Karen Ranta Lisa Salonen I agree dancing with Anna and all our fellow dancers really shaped our lives in such a positive way. Thanks for writing this. Through dancing I was also able to meet such kind people as you and Jo Nelson." [1]
  • Karen Hirslund "I also attended Anna Pozihuns school of dance 1966-1973. She was located on Dorothy St Port Arthur." [1]
  • Jacqueline Janiski "Hey what about Anna Pozihun! Her niece, Susan Dromisky, became a dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet." [1]
  • Rita Peterson. "As a 5yr old I took dance lessons from Anna Pozihun when she was upstairs in the International Co-Op Store on Algoma Street in 1952." [1]


[1] Thunder Bay Memories Facebook Group [1] [2] Eleanor Kushnier obituary, Chronicle-Journal, March 2019 [2] [3] Anna Nazarec Obituary, Chronicle-Journal, 2006 [3]