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Why Should Children Dance?

“Pearls” from Pro Arte: Dance Educator and Artistic Director, Astrid Sherman on her top 5 benefits of dance training for young children

I frequently get asked by parents:  “So — why should I enroll my child in dance?  She/he is already doing a lot of other activities.  Isn’t that enough?”

Good question — that needs a great answer — and here are my top 5!

There are many physical, social developmental & artistic benefits that are inspired from dance training , but my favourite 5 are:

  1. Sparks imagination — creativity and “outside the box thinking” is essential for success — personal, academic and professional
  2. Positive commitment to healthy living — creating a positive, lifelong attitude to staying physically active
  3. Build social skills — group choreography fosters teamwork, communication, trust, confidence and cooperation
  4. Develop positive habits — dance inspires life skills such as discipline, tenacity and commitment
  5. Shape beneficial physical aptitude — establish good posture which encourages spine health for healthy aging

Enroll your child in a dance class today. The lessons learnt will enhance a lifetime!

Picture Credits: Sophie Higgins age 7, now with CatchingART  and working towards her Advanced 2 RAD & ISTD Ballet examinations, photographed by Leighton Matthews

Sophie 2010

 

A Look Back at Spring

This Spring, Pro Arte Centre’s Professional Training Program students along with CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre were privileged to be asked to be a part of the Lions Gate Sinfonia’s “Spring At Last” in their 2016-17 Performance Season under the direction of Conductor, Clyde Mitchell. Along with the performance of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, dancers were fortunate to perform both classical and contemporary works from well-known Canadian composers Michael Conway Baker OBC (Pro Arte Centre’s composer-in-residence) as well as Christopher Tyler Nickel.

Enjoy a glimpse of this fabulous show!

Open House Week at Pro Arte Centre

We are excited to extend an invitation to attend Pro Arte’s Open House week this Monday, June 26th through Friday, June 30th.  Come and try a class that you’ve always wanted but never had a chance to.  Bring a friend!  We would love to welcome you and introduce our teachers and classes!

Just drop us an email to let us know that you’re coming so we can prepare.  Looking forward to seeing you!

Here is the schedule for the week:

Monday

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Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

Friday

2017-18 Pro Arte Centre Auditions

Pro Arte Centre is pleased to announce the dates and times of the upcoming auditions for the 2017-18 Professional Training Programs.  Registration for these sessions opens this week. 

CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre

Aspirant Company Experience for students ages 16 – 19 who have an Advanced 2 level technical ability

  • Friday 26th May 2017 4.00 – 6.00pm

 

The audition will be based on a classical ballet class (including pointe work for girls). A contemporary sequence and contact improv session will follow. A solo classical variation should also be prepared.

Please note: Applicants must submit a resume, headshot and letter of intent to catchingart@proarte.ca  prior to the            audition date.

Professional Training Programs (Ages 11 – 19)

Full Day & Half Day Programs

Saturday May 27th 2017

  • Note: Private auditions are available by appointment only
  • Emailed Video Auditions also accepted – please email info@proarte.ca for specifications

 

 Advanced Program (for students ages 14+ who have passed the ISTD Intermediate or RAD Advanced 1 examination or equivalent technical level)

  • 10.00am – 12.00pm

The audition will be based on a classical ballet class (including pointe work for girls). A contemporary sequence and contact improv session will follow.

 

Intermediate 1 & 2 Programs (ages 12+ who have passed the Intermediate Foundation ISTD or the Intermediate RAD or equivalent technical level)

  • 12.15pm – 1.45pm

The audition will be based on a classical ballet class (including pointe work for girls). A contemporary sequence and contact improv session will follow.

 

Pre-Professional Training Programs (Ages 6 – 12)

After School Programs

Saturday May 27th 2017

  • Note: Private auditions are available by appointment only
  • Emailed Video Auditions also accepted – please email info@proarte.ca for specifications

 

Pre- Intermediate & Intermediate 1 Program Programs (for students ages 10 – 13 who have passed the Grade 4 ISTD or Grade 5 RAD or equivalent technical training)

  • 2.00 – 3.00pm

 

The audition will be based on a classical ballet class, including basic pointe work for girls who are en-pointe, followed by a modern combo.

Junior and Junior Advanced Programs (for students ages 6 – 12 who have passed the Grade 1 ISTD or RAD or equivalent technical training)

  • 3.15 – 4.15pm

 

The audition will be based on a classical ballet class followed by a modern combo.

 

Register for the 2017-18 Audition at:  Audition Application

Pro Arte Centre Hosts Open House

Join in on classes at Pro Arte Centre during the week of Monday, June 27 through Wednesday, June 29th.  All students are welcome to come and BRING A FRIEND or TRY SOMETHING NEW!

Never been to Pro Arte before?  No worries!  You are welcome to come and see what’s happening at the Centre and try a class yourself!  Just contact the office for more information or drop in!

Here’s what’s happening at the Centre during Open House:

Monday Open House

Tuesday Open House

Wednesday Open House

We look forward to seeing you at the end of June.  If you have questions about the suitability of a class, we’re happy to help out!

 

 

 

 

Pro Arte Centre Hosts Joffrey Ballet School Auditions

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We are pleased to be able to host the Joffrey Ballet School Auditions on Sunday, January 31, 2016.   Open to all students, registration is available online through the Joffrey Ballet School at:  joffreyballetschool.com/auditions.

For Students who may be coming in from outside the Lower Mainland, local hotels include:

Lonsdale Quay Hotel:  http://lonsdalequayhotel.com/

Holiday Inn:  700 Old Lillooet Road, North Vancouver, V7J2H5
Book online or call:1 877 660 8550

 

Annual Ainslie Sale

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Yes – it’s back … the Annual Ainsliewear Sale that this community looks forward to every year.  This year the dates and times are as follows:

Friday, December 4th  3:00-5:00pm

&

Saturday, December 5th 9:30am-1:00pm

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to pick up our favourite designer’s wear!  See you there!