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.

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 5 – 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.


Summer 2018

  • Training Intensives
  • ArtisticSTRONG© Small Group Training

Register Here (as of March 1):  Registration: Summer & Fall



  • Week One:            July 16 -20, 2018
  • Week Two:            July 23 – 27, 2018
  • Week Three:         August 13 – 17, 2018
  • Week Four:           August 20 – 24, 2018
  • Week Five:            August 27- 31, 2018

Note: Each week may be taken independently


Requirements: Candidates should have RAD/ISTD vocational training or an equivalent level of training. Placement is the Summer Intensive classes is made by the Centre’s Artistic Director to ensure that each applicant is challenged to develop the wide range of technical skills and artistic awareness necessary for success in dance. Students are prepared for the wide range of dance opportunities available in the performing arts world.

Each Summer Intensive week holds a comprehensive training schedule offered by internationally renowned faculty that includes classes in Ballet Technique, Pointe & Variations, Pas De Deux, Contemporary Pointe, Stretch & Dance/Pilates Conditioning, Yoga, Contemporary, Modern, Contact Improv, Lyrical and Contemporary Jazz Techniques.

Application to the Summer Program can be through auditions held at the Centre or by video. Audition dates are:

  • Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 10:00am to 11:30am
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018 – 10:00am to 11:30am

Register for an in-person or video audition HERE.

Audition video:  Please show barre work, centre practice and allegro (optional: a ballet variation or short solo).  Include pointe work if appropriate.



Training is also offered for young dancers so that they might experience high-quality dance training to develop proficiency and creative skills as well as maintain dance awareness and technique through the summer months. Designed as an opportunity for exploring ballet, modern, lyrical and jazz techniques within a nurturing and supportive environment, students will finish the week with a performance for parents/care-givers to showcase the week’s activities.

Requirements: Candidates should have some dance experience and placement in classes is based on the following:


  • Standard 3 (Ages 10 – 13): Must have obtained the RAD Gr 4 or ISTD Gr 3 or equivalent Formal Training
  • Standard 2 (Ages 8 – 10): Must have obtained the RAD Gr 2 or ISTD Gr 1 or equivalent Formal Training
  • Standard 1 (Ages 6 – 8): For students going into Primary/ Grade 1 or 2 RAD/ Primary or Grade 1 ISTD  *Std 1 only offered July 16 – 20  and Aug 13 – 17


Intensive Fees:

  • Professional Levels: $500 + gst per week (15% discount on three or more weeks)
  • Standard 3: $400 + gst per week (15% discount on three or more weeks)
  • Standard 2: $275 + gst per week (15% discount on three or more weeks)
  • Standard 1: $275 + gst per week

An Early Registration discount of 10% will be applied to all fully paid registrations received before May 15, 2018.  Payment in full is required prior to the commencement of classes.  A Refund of fees for class cancellation is available up to 2 weeks in advance less a $50 administrative charge per week.


Includes transport to and from the school & all meals (Budget between $250 -$325 per week). To receive a list of some homestay possibilities email summer@proarte.ca

Nearest Hotels: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Lonsdale Quay Hotel Map of Hotels near Pro Arte Centre



  • Saturday 21st July
  •  Saturday 18th & 25th August

FOCUSED around movement re-education and body awareness towards postural & placement that will ensure safe & progressive achievement of technique with a take home exercise package. Work will include both studio and pilates gym time.


  • Group 1: Intermediate/ Advanced ages 14+
  • Group 2: Junior Advanced/ Intermediate Foundation 9- 13yrs


  • 10.00 – 12.00pm Session 1 (Group 1 Classroom/Group 2 Gym)
  • 12.00 – 12.30pm Lunch
  • 12.30 – 2.30pm Session 2 Group 1 Gym/Group 2 Classroom)

Session targeted training includes:

  •  “Turn like a Top” – Learn turning tricks from the pros
  •  “The death of Port de Bras” – Fixing the “smartphone” generation’s forward head & rolled shoulders with upper body work
  •  “Jump like a Star” – Dynamic jumping by looking at footwork and strength
  •  “Higher Legs” – Increase your developpe height & extension


  • Program Cost: $90+tax per day
  • Program Capacity: Maximum 7 dancers per group
  • Program Faculty: Astrid Sherman (F.I.S.T.D; member of IADMS Education Committee); Beverley Bagg (Former ballet mistress Alberta Ballet & Ballet BC); Susie Higgins (Pro Arte Dance Conditioning/Pilates specialist); Erika Mayall (Pro Arte Dance Physiotherapist)




Training Programs

Download the 2018-19 Schedule here:  2018-19 Schedule – Updated as of June 10/18


The Protégé Program is a new Full-Day (with 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.

Intermediate & Advanced levels for Ages 12+.

  • Training hours may be done with a commitment to full program training or on a drop-in basis (charges per class are higher).
  • 5 days Half Day Training / 14.5hrs required, 20 hrs recommended
  • Class size is limited to 7-9 students in each level and preference will be 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.
  • Students may select their own festival/competitions to attend.
  • Students may have outside choreographers.


This Full-Day (with on-site academics) or Half-Day program is designed to “catch-up” technical vocabulary and the dance aesthetic required for a professional career. Aimed at both the passionate dancer wanting to accelerate their Classical level, and the serious jazz/ contemporary dancer who would like to lean towards more contemporary and contemporary Ballet.

Classes include intense training in classical ballet, pointe & contemporary ballet  alongside opportunity to cross train with contemporary, acrobatics, aerial hoop, lyrical technique, jazz technique & hip hop.

Intermediate & Advanced levels for Ages 12+.


Level 1 Program
  • Ballet Grades 1 & 2
  • Ages 6-8 Years

Grade 1 Ballet: 2 Days training program / minimum 4.25hrs
Grade 2 Ballet: 3 Days training program / minimum 4.75hrs

Level 2 Program
  • Ballet Grades 2 & 3
  • Ages 7-10 Years

Grade 2 & 3 Ballet: 3 or 4 days training / 7hrs

Level 3 Program
  • Ballet Grade 4 through Intermediate Foundation
  • Ages 9-12 Years

Grade 4 Ballet: 4 Days training program / minimum 9.25hrs
Intermediate Foundation Ballet: 4 Days training program / minimum 10.5hrs

Level 4 Program
  • Intermediate Ballet +
  • Ages 13+ Years
  • Advanced training only available in Half-Day Accelerated Program

Intermediate Ballet:  5 days training / 15hrs minimum

Chloe Campbell photographed by Leighton MatthewsSUMMER PROGRAM 

Audition Required for Standard 4 & 5 




Physical Benefits:

  • build muscle strength while increasing flexibility
  • develop balance and agility
  • improve coordination
  • increase body and spatial awareness
  • good posture is learnt which encourages spine health for healthy aging.
  • relieve stress
  • create a positive lifelong attitude about staying active and healthy.

Social Developmental Benefits

  • meet new friends
  • develop essential social skills through interaction with other students
  • learn how to work individually, with a partner and as part of a group
  • group choreography fosters teamwork, communication, trust and cooperation
  • inspire life skills such as discipline and focus
  • nurture confidence, self-esteem and poise

Artistic Benefits 

  • spark an imagination
  • nurture individual creativity
  • inspire musicality

Enroll your child in a dance class today. The lessons she or he learns will enhance a lifetime.


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

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 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.  The details for the 2018-19 year are forthcoming shortly.


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

Festival Information

Students who are participants in our Professional, Pre-Professional and Competitive Training Programs participate in both local and non-local Festivals/Competitions.  Information about rehearsals, performances and Festival details can be found on the secure portion of our website at:  Protected: Professional/ Pre-Professional Bulletin Board