Pearls from Pro Arte: Conditioning Specialist, Susie Higgins, on the common “threads” of dance injuries

Pilates Pearl picThe Professional Program students at Pro Arte Centre are well and truly spoiled with their weekly Pilates and Yoga training in amongst their daily dance specific and foot conditioning. Aside from classical and modified mat work we teach Pilates using small equipment with balls of various sizes, foam rollers, fit rings, rotary discs and resistance bands. We are also fortunate enough to offer the oh so important resistance work using reformers, towers, chair, ladder barrel and small barrel in our spacious and well equipped studio.

With their vigorous training and performance schedule the demands on these talented
growing bodies are high which is the reason we are actively seeking out a preventative
program which will address the common weaknesses , asymmetries and overload injuries we often observe in these aspiring dancers. At Pro Arte,  Pilates is also used as part of the dance screening students received each year, to be on top of growth related weaknesses and any injuries.

The common threads we see with a lot of  injuries can usually be identified from the following and can be easily addressed with holistic ballet training and conditioning classes:
● Standing with the pelvis tilted too far forward and the lower back too arched (used by students who turn their feet out too much and don’t use turnout correctly from the hip and due to the next point…)
● Weak abdominals (hard to believe but sadly true!)
● Tight as well as weak muscles in the spine, pelvis and hips leading to
(amongst lots of other conditions) snapping hips, IT Band Syndrome, Patellar
tendinitis
● Incorrect use of turnout and weak abdominals  – snapping hips, psoas tendinitis
● Weak foot and ankle – leading to rolling over on ankles whether on pointe or
landing from a jump or overuse injuries such as stress fractures in the foot ,
sesamoiditis.
● Poor static as well as dynamic alignment of hips, knees and feet especially in
weight-bearing which affects centre work, turns and jumps.
● Breathholding – often due to a rounded upper back posture (smart phone
generation!), leading to a stiff ribcage and upper back – this often makes the
dancer look stiff and awkward in their movements especially their port de bras, épaulement and facial expressions.

 

ArtisticSTRONG Small Group Focused Training

ArtStrong

Wednesday 9th:

  • 11.00 – 1.00pm The death of Port de Bras – Fixing the “smartphone” generation’s forward head & rolled shoulders with upper body work  – Astrid Sherman
  • 1.15 – 3.15pm “Turn like a Top” – Learn turning tricks of the pros – Beverley Bagg

Thursday 10th:

  • 11.00 – 1.00pm “Get those Legs up!” –  Increase you developpe height & extension -Beverley Bagg
  • 1.15 – 3.15pm “Jump like a Star” – Dynamic jumping by looking at footwork and strength- Beverley Bagg

AGES 12+ Intermediate/Advanced

Pro Arte Centre July Summer Training

Come train with some of Vancouver’s best and guest teachers from New York, Europe & LA this July!

Week 1 (July 17th – 21st) & Week 2 (July 24th – 28th)

GUEST TEACHERS:

  •  Kara Chan (BFA): Contemporary/Modern –  Kara received her pre-professional training from Pro Arte Centre under the direction of Astrid Sherman. She went on to complete her BFA in Dance at The Juilliard School in New York and is now dancing with the Twyla Tharpe Company.
  • Danielle Gould: Ballet – A past student of Astrid Sherman & Pro Arte Centre, The National Ballet School and Goh Ballet,  Danielle won a full scholarship to the John Cranko Academy in Stuttgart, Germany. She is now currently  dancing with the the Hungarian National Ballet.
  • Barbra Bean (BFA): Pilates Matwork – A former professional dancer, Barbra studied dance at both UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine. She completed the Teacher Training Program Pilates Method by Diane Diefenderfer and studied extensively with Ron Fletcher. She currently teaches in LA.
  • Desirée Dunbar (MFA): Contemporary/Modern – Desirée is an award-winning choreographer and the creator of gush.com. She is one of the few Canadians to teach the traditional Martha Graham technique and has had the honour of instructing at various schools including Simon Fraser University, University of Arizona, Centre National de la Danse (Paris, France) and Trintity Laban (London, UK). Her company Dezza Dance is Artist-in-Residence with the City of Vancouver.

PRO ARTE FACULTY:

  • Astrid Sherman (FISTD, International Association for Dance Medicine & Science Dance Educators Committee Member): Ballet & Dance Conditioning
  • Stephana Arnold (National Ballet School, soloist Les Grands and Ballet BC): Ballet & Dance Conditioning
  • Tania Brossoit (graduate RAD Academy, England, RAD Ambassador): Ballet & Dance Conditioning
  • Kimberly Dixon (BFA Dance SFU; A.I.S.T.D. (Modern dip): Modern, Improv , Contemporary & Dance Conditioning
  • Sophia Curalli (AISTD Imperial Ballet & Modern): Ballet, Modern & Lyrical

July Summer Faculty Full Bios

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Springbreak Targeted Small Training & Maintenance Classes

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ArtisticSTRONG Small Group Training for ages 9+ (2 levels) with Astrid Sherman, Beverley Bagg & Susie Higgins 2.30 – 4.30pm

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

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2. MAINTENANCE TRAINING CLASSES:  MARCH 20 -23

Designed to maintain stamina,  strength, flexibility and technical achievement especially for those students who have upcoming examinations or performances.

Ages 9+ (Jnr Adv/Inter Found & Inter/Adv), 10.00am – 2.30pm

  • Ballet Technique
  • Pointe/Pre-Pointe
  • Dance Conditioning & Flexibilty
  • Contemporary Technique

 

Program Faculty:Tania Brossoit (RAD Ambassador), Stephana Arnold (National Ballet/ Les Grands Ballets/Ballet BC), Alisha Ahmadi (Pro Arte Graduate, Rambert Ballet School BSC), Susie Higgins (Pro Arte Dance Conditioning/Pilates specialist)

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Pro Arte’s Award Winning Junior Pre-Professional Programs

Pro Arte offers exceptional technical training for younger students too!

With some of Vancouver’s best teachers  including Tania Brossoit, Astrid Sherman and Kimberly Dixon.

Many graduates, who are now dancing in International companies, received their foundations and formal training at Pro Arte Centre.
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Junior Program – 3 days (Grades 1-3 ISTD Ballet): Classical Ballet, ISTD Modern, Acrobatics & Dance Conditioning

Jnr Adv  Program – 4 days (Grades 3-5 ISTD Ballet): Classical Ballet, Classical Variations, Pre-Pointe,  ISTD Modern, Contemporary and Dance Conditioning*

*optional additional classes include Jazz and Lyrical technique, Tap technique, Acrobatics and Musical Theatre

Contact  info@proarte.ca for more information.

 

 

 

Continuing Dance Grad Program

Pro Arte’s new CONTINUING DANCE GRAD PROGRAM 2015 05 07-08, Pro Arte Gala_PAM-3867

Designed for dancers ages 18 to 25 who are at university or working BUT who would love to take classes with other dedicated ex-dancers and  commit to performing at a couple of shows in the year. (Drop-in technique classes also available)

Monday with Astrid Sherman or Stephana Arnold
  • 6.45 – 8.00pm Ballet Class
  • 8.00 – 8.15pm Contemporary Ballet Choreography
Wednesday with Kimberly Dixon
  • 7.15 – 8.30 Contemporary Modern Technique Class
  • 8.30 – 8.45 Contemporary Modern Choreography

Cost:

*By Session: Fall (Sep 12-Nov 300, Winter (Jan 9-Mar 8), Spring (Mar 27-Jun 21)
Monday: Fall:11 classes $ 154.00; Winter: 8 classes $ 112.00; Spring:11 classes $154.00
Wed: Fall: 12 classes $168.00; Winter: 9 classes $126.00; Spring: 13 classes $182.00
*$14 for 1.5 hr classes

Drop-In Card: $ 60.00 For 4 classes – 1.25 hours (no choreography)
Drop-in: $ 16.00 CASH paid in person at classes – 1.25 hours (no choreography)

Pro Arte Summer Training Week 2 July 18 – 22 with specialised Boys Week

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GUEST TEACHERS:

 Vincent Hantam (Scotland): Vincent Hantam received his initial training in South Africa before winning a scholarship to the Royal Ballet School.  From there he joined the Scottish Ballet. During his time with Scottish Ballet, Mr Hantam also made guest appearances with companies both nationally and internationally, including the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company, Hong Kong Ballet Company, London City Ballet, Northern Ballet . He is now a sought after teacher and has taught at many companies, schools and universities including recently, The Royal New Zealand School of Dance and The Royal New Zealand Dance Company as well as English National Ballet School.

 Kara Chan (New York): Kara received her pre-professional training from Pro Arte Centre under the direction of Astrid Sherman, where she received provincial titles and top awards at Youth America Grand Prix. She went on to complete her BFA in Dance at The Juilliard School in New York. She has danced professionally with the Mark Morris Dance Group and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.  She has performed masterpiece works by Merce Cunningham, Jerome Robbins, Murray Louis, José Limon, among many others. Kara is an alumna of The School at Jacob’s Pillow and Springboard Danse Montreal.

Mark Dennis(Ballet Kelowna):  A graduate of the  National Ballet School, recipient of the 2006 Canada Council for the Arts Peter Dwyer Scholarship and Prix de Lausanne finalist,  Mr. Dennis danced with the  National Ballet, Alberta Ballet,The West Australian Ballet and Northern Ballet. Mr. Dennis has had the opportunity to work with established choreographers Marcia Haydee, Jiri Kylian, John Neumeier and James Kudelka as well as dance works by Uwe Scholz, Petr Zuska, George Balanchine. Mr. Dennis joined Ballet Kelowna in October 2014 and has had the opportunity to work with world-renowned choreographers John Alleyn, Heather Myers, Shawn Hounsell and Gabrielle Lamb under the direction of Simone Orlando.

 PRO ARTE FACULTY :

  •  Tania Brossoit (graduate RAD Academy, England, RAD Ambassador)
  •  Jenny Yu (A.I.S.T.D (dip) Imperial Ballet,  National Ballet training Course – Korea, MA Physical Education)
  • Kimberly Dixon (BFA Dance SFU; A.I.S.T.D. (Modern dip) Teaching Associate; AFSA Advanced Associate Acrobatic Teacher)
  • Dhana Musil (certified Iyengar yoga instructor/Bsc Applied Nutrition)
  • Montana Moore (ISTD Modern Adv 2; ITP Harbour Dance Centre, The Aviary Company)
  • Amanda Gillies: (RAD & ISTD Adv 2 Ballet)

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Summer School Week 1 July 11th – 15th

Ballerinas having fun - Canada Day

GUEST TEACHERS WEEK 1:

Mark Dennis

Mr. Dennis completed his dance training at Canada’s National Ballet School. He was a recipient of the 2006 Canada Council for the Arts Peter Dwyer Scholarship and participated in the Prix de Lausanne quarter finals. He has danced with Canada’s National Ballet, Alberta Ballet, The West Australian Ballet, Northern Ballet UK, and now with  Ballet Kelowna.

PRO ARTE FACULTY WEEK 1:

  • Tania Brossoit (graduate RAD Academy, England, RAD Ambassador)
  • Jenny Yoo (A.I.S.T.D (dip) Imperial Ballet,  National Ballet training Course – Korea, MA Physical Education)
  •  Kim Dixon (BFA Dance SFU; A.I.S.T.D. (Modern dip) Teaching Associate; AFSA International Advanced Associate Acrobatic Teacher)
  •  Dhana Musil (certified Iyengar yoga instructor/Bsc Applied Nutrition)
  • Montana Moore (ISTD Modern Adv 2; ITP Harbour Dance Centre, The Aviary Company)
  • Sophia Curalli (AISTD Imperial Ballet & Modern Associate Teacher; Advanced 2 RAD & ISTD)

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