Welcome to Pro Arté Centre

Established in 2003, Pro Arté Centre is best known for its commitment to providing holistic  and inspired training to young dancers intending to pursue a career in dance.  Pro Arté offers vibrant training programs for those just beginning dance and for those who are training as professionals.  The Centre provides caring, engaging, excellence in training for dance students from ages 4 through adults — all ages are served by certified and experienced teachers that are passionate about sharing their love of dance. 

Our graduates have been accepted into companies and dance programs within Canada, the United States and Europe including to name a few; Juilliard, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Alvin Ailey, Ballet BC, Alberta Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Jorgen, Philadanco, Ballet Theatre UK, Rambert and Rudra Bejart.

Students participating in Pro Arté programs have been awarded BC Provincial titles in the classical ballet, contemporary and stage divisions and have also been recognized for outstanding performance and technical ability in internationally acclaimed competitions in the USA and Europe. Pro Arté sees students achieve high distinction in Advanced 2 level international ballet and modern Examinations with both the lmperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) and Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Students are also trained for the Solo Seal and Genée Awards.

Our internationally recognised teaching faculty come highly qualified with professional performing careers, international teaching accreditation (RAD; ISTD  and AFSA International), and are actively involved with the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) and Healthy Dancer Canada. They have been recipients  of  numerous choreography and school  awards at events held in New York, Berlin, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, Portland, Seattle and Florida.

Pro Arté Centre offers an on-site Full DAY Dance/Academic Professional Program Grades 4 – 12 as well as a Half Day Program and after school programs. The Centre also has on-site physiotherapy and a fully equipped Pilates gym with a team of holistic support staff for  dance conditioning & rehab, nutrition and mental training.

Dancing stimulates the Mind, Body and Soul. It has been proven to increase cognitive strengths and prolong life; That is the Miracle of Dance. – Lai Rupe

Training Programs

Class Schedule for the 2019-2020 Year: Pro Arte Class Schedule

Pro Arté Centre offers a number of programs to suit the individual needs of each dancer.  In addition to offering a variety of classes in different dance techniques that can be taken on their own or in conjunction with other classes, we provide the opportunity for students of all ages to participate in streamed programs that lead to festival and special events activities.

For students who are interested in training that is supported by world-class, accredited faculty with professional career experience, Pro Arté  offers programs that are internationally recognized as establishing a dancer for a vocation in performing arts.  These programs are open to students by audition. Auditions for the 2019-2020 year are ongoing through the end of August.

Below is a “snapshot” of the programs for all age groups.  For further information on specific programs, please contact us at programs@proarte.ca.

PROTÉGÉ PROGRAM 

The Protégé Program is a Full-Day (with optional on-site academics) or Half-Day program for students who want to focus on independent, intensive classical & contemporary ballet training.  This technique intensive program is designed to maximize the success of the individual student in the international dance scene.

Classes include focused training in classical ballet & pointe supported by a strong holistic approach to training with dance conditioning, PBT, pilates and enrichment studies alongside opportunity to broaden stylistically with classes in contemporary,    contemporary ballet and modern.  With lectures & training from current dance science teachers students develop knowledge and understanding, core strength and stability, flexibility and muscular balance  to dance stronger and LONGER!

Intermediate & Advanced levels for Ages 11+.

  • Training hours may be done with a commitment to full program training or, with permission of the Director of the Program, on a drop-in basis (charges per class are higher).
  • 5 days Half Day Training available with optional additional hours
  • Class size is limited and preference is given to those taking the full program.
  • Students may select to participate in competitive group choreography, but this is not mandatory.
  • We do recommend that students take additional High School accreditation examinations in the RAD and ISTD methods.
  • Competitive work available if wanted
  • For students who may be commuting from a distance, with permission of the Director, a Compressed Program is available that is one weekday half-day as well as Friday / Saturday.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Industry Program

  • Ages 11-19 Years

The Industry Stream offers world-class instruction and competitive opportunities in the dance disciplines of jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, tap and acrobatics that can lead to performance as stage dancers, in music videos, careers on cruise ships and shows.

Led by faculty who are dance and choreographic professionals in the industry, the program embraces the Pro Arté core values of excellence in instruction and professional, respectful and engaging instruction. Students in the program will work on up-to-date, current skills and moves that are TODAY’S industry standards.

Intermediate Programs

  • Ages 8-11 Years

Students in these Programs are offered opportunity to work at the Grade 4 & 5 Ballet/Modern levels.  In addition, classes in Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Acting, Musical Theatre and Acrobatics  are available.  Festival participation is an option and students are encouraged to audition.  Depending on the selection of festival classes, students participate in three to four days of classes.  Auditions for the 2019-2020 year will be held at the beginning of May and in August.  

Junior Programs

  • Ages 6-8 Years

Students in these Programs are offered opportunity to work at the Grade 2 &3 Ballet/Modern levels.  In addition, classes in Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Acting, Musical Theatre and Acrobatics  are available.  Festival participation is an option and students are encouraged to audition.  Depending on the selection of festival classes, students participate in two to four days of classes. No Auditions are Necessary for this program.  Instead, parents are encouraged to speak to the Director on participation. 

Future Stars

  • Ages 5-6 Years

Students in these Programs are offered opportunity to work at the Primary- Grade 1 Ballet/Modern levels.  In addition, class “combos” (multi-discipline) are available in Contemporary/Lyrical, Jazz/Hip Hop, Tap, Musical Theatre and Acrobatics  are available.  Festival participation is an option on request.  Depending on the selection of festival classes, students participate in one to two days of classes.  No Auditions are Necessary for this program.  Instead, parents are encouraged to speak to the Director on participation.

Creative Movement

  • Ages 3-5 Years

Students in these classes are provided instruction that encourages imaginative movement and creative expression.  Faculty nurture the individual spirit of each child and work toward developing motor skills that provide the foundation for future dance and athletic endeavours.  The goal of these classes is to establish a love of dance and foster positive and affirming social engagement.  No Auditions are Necessary for this program.

FOREIGN STUDENT ESL TRAINING SESSION

Full-Day (with on-site academic facility) or Half-Day program for international students. This technique intensive program is designed for the ESL exchange student program to maximize the success of the individual student in the international dance scene.  Students in this program are able to participate for the entire academic year or for a shorter period should their time in Canada be more limited.

Classes include focused training in classical ballet & pointe supported by a strong holistic approach to training with dance conditioning, PBT, Pilates and enrichment studies alongside opportunity to broaden stylistically with classes in contemporary, contemporary ballet and modern.

  • Levels: Intermediate Foundation – Advanced Ages 12 – 18
  • Private coaching also available
  • Homestay Options

Contact international@proarte.ca for more information

Registration

Pro Arte Centre is pleased to use an online registration database that allows parents and students to directly access their student and financial records confident that the latest in security measures have been implemented.

Participation in Dance education requires the assumption of physical risk.  All due care and attention is paid to ensuring a safe and supportive environment for learning.  We ask that parents provide written notice of all pre-existing medical conditions.

Set up your account for Registration and access your online Student File:  Click Here:

If you are interested in attending our FREE Industry Stream Workshops and/or audition, register on our website at:  Industry Stream Workshop Registration

If you are interested in auditioning for one of Pro Arte Centre’s Pre-Professional Programs, find out more information Here.

More information about:  Tuition And Financial Details

About Us

 Encouraging Dedication and Advancing Achievement

“Come Soar with Us”

The Pro Arte Centre community is pleased to host one of the Lower Mainland’s most effective and caring professional training staff.  With significant international performance experience themselves, equipped with the latest in dance training methodology, the faculty team is best positioned to ensure that students can reach excellence and their personal goals.

Dance and Performing Arts are some of the most beautiful and exciting experiences one can have in life. In support of the our Mission Statement – to encourage dedication and advance achievement, the teachers at Pro Arte are fully devoted and highly committed to providing students with the highest level of education, training, and inspiration for artistic creativity.

The passion to equip students to excel and find the joy in dance sees the Studio offering a wide range of Dance and Theatre Arts to all ages both for serious students and for those who just want to experience the beauty and energy of dance.

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Kara Chan Pro Arte Pre Professional Graduate 2011 Photographed by Leighton Matthews

Student Resources

Are you a current student at Pro Arté Centre or thinking about becoming one?  Below are some resources that you will find helpful.

Uniforms

Uniforms are critical in developing a sense of “team” and “community” which is a significant experience in our school.   Dance is more than an individual effort, it is the efforts of the whole group; wearing a “uniform” creates unity and promotes a camaraderie that is tangibly demonstrated in and through the dance performance.  Here is more information about specific uniform requirements:  Uniform

Calendar of Events

Students at the Centre are involved in a variety of events throughout the year.  For those involved in our Professional/Pre-Professional/Competitive Programs, there are festival and community activities in which Pro Arté participates.  For the academic year, the Centre follows the North Vancouver School District vacation closures.  Here is our 2019-20 Calendar:  Calendar

Examinations

Pro Arté Centre students are provided the opportunity to participate in international examinations recognized at the vocational level by the BC Ministry of Education as external credits for Grades 10 through 12.  Students who partake in examinations are given the opportunity to focus in-depth on technique and performance skills. They are challenged to meet an international standard and obtain a great sense of self-achievement and accomplishment from their commitment.  Candidates are chosen only if we feel this will be a positive experience for your child. Not all children flourish in this pressured situation. Dance examinations allow students to develop an assured self-confidence and secure coping skills for performing under pressure. These are vital life skills in today’s competitive society.  More specific information about examinations, including the latest schedules for current students are available on the secure portion of our website at:  Protected: Examination Information

Community Bulletin Board

There is often information that is relevant to current students – festival rehearsals, examinations, special notices and Centre news.  These details can be found on the secure portion of our website at:  Protected: Online Bulletin Board