Competitive Tap Auditions

Alisha Ahmadi  Pro Arte Pre Professional Program Photographed by James Kondrosky 2009

Are you interested in joining the Competitive Tap Program at Pro Arte Centre?  Join us this Saturday, June 27th to audition to be a part of this group.

  • 12.00-12:30 for ages 11+
  • 12:30-1.00  Ages 10 & under

If you would like more information or would like to audition and are not available for the above times, please contact us.

NYCDA in Vancouver, Washington

Portland2Dancers from Pro Arte Centre attended the New York City Dance Alliance Convention in Vancouver, Washington this past weekend.  This has been an annual event over the last six years in which our community has been able to participate in the much larger dance world south of the border.  With a number of well-known faculty from New York and across the USA, our dancers greatly benefit from the teaching and experience of working with individuals outside of the Lower Mainland.

Part of the event is a competition in which groups, solos and duos are provided the opportunity to be seen with and by their peers.  This year, as in the past, we are pleased and proud to be able to report on the successes of our students!

Contemporary Group — Junior Overall High School, Outstanding Concept & Critics Choice Award including invitation to the National Finals in New York City
Lyrical Group – First Overall Lyrical and Outstanding Interpretation
Jazz Group — Fourth Overall Extended Line and Outstanding Energy

Lauren Middlemass – Solo First Overall Teen
Katrina McKinnon – Solo Fourth Overall Teen
Danielle Lee Hogervorst — Solo Seventh Overall Senior

Asia Sinnes & Danielle Lee Hogervorst – Duo Second Overall Senior

Regional Convention Scholarships for Ballet:

  • Hannah Jussinoja
  • Megan Hendricks
  • Grace Byman
  • Kasia Nyland

Future Star Scholarship

  • Sasha Slater

Summer Dance Intensive Triple Threat Scholarship

  • Lauren Middlemass

Friday Night Session Scholarship

  • Ethan Ponton

Complexions Summer Intensive  Scholarship

  • Asia SInnes

Outstanding Dancer Awards

  • Isabella Pavelescu
  • Lauren Middlemass
  • Katrina McKinnon
  • Ethan Ponton
  • Asia SInnes
  • Danielle Lee Hogervorst
  • Laura Renstad

Pro Arte Centre Hosts The Ailey School Auditions

Coming up the weekend of February 20 and 21, 2015, Pro Arte Centre is pleased to host The Ailey School auditions.  Here are the details for the weekend:
Auditions for:


  • Professional Division (ages 16-25)
  • Junior Division (ages 11-15)

2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR (ages 17-25)


Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Master Class in Horton Technique
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Ages 15 & Up
Taught by a Horton technique instructor from The Ailey School
Fee: $20 ($30 for those who are attending both the master class and audition).

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

10:00am (ages 11 to 25)
Fee: $20 ($30 at the door, space permitting)

Register at:

Questions?   E-mail or call 212-405-9513

Costumes … and more Costumes!

IMG_3577The past year had been an exciting and rewarding experience for those who have produced the many costumes needed for our choreographers and dancers. We have joined the many that have produced detailed and elaborate attire for famous productions through the expanse of centuries. Costume artists like Diane, Sylvia, Sonja, Mandy and others have used their talent and spent hours of work to create the correct costume for each “dance story”. What a privilege and unique way to encourage and support our future generation!

The designing, sewing and production of costumes are only one part of the task of costuming. The costumes have to be laundered after each production so that they can be used again. In addition to this, they have to be sorted by type, style and size and counted so that none are lost and then, finally, filed away. Added to this, there are hundreds of them. This part of costuming would be overwhelming for most of us. It is only with the organizational skills of Sonja and Jill and their team of volunteers that this can be done with such grace. Thank you to all of our costume team who have helped make it possible for Pro Arte dancers to experience special moments on stage.

Open House Week & Competitive Stage Auditions

20140623_144429Try Something New!

This is the week to try something new!  Pro Arte Centre is hosting Open House Week … and you’ll want to be a part of it.  Always wanted to try a ballet class … or how about an acrobatic class … jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern or contemporary?  You can this week and find out that Pro Arte Centre is the place where you can celebrate dance within an environment that encourages and challenges you to be your very best!

This is also the week where you can audition for next year’s Stage Production.  If you’re interested, come this Thursday, June 26th from 3.45 – 4.15pm and attend the Audition Class at Pro Arte Centre.

Thank You from Ms. Frances

Ms Frances
Ms. Frances with senior half-day students

There are incidents in the passage of one’s life that are extraordinary. There have been many happy occasions in the course of my life and Pro Arte’s Special Tribute will be with those at the very top. Thank you for your kind words so well delivered by a very special Pro Arte dancer. Those words will be in my memory always. Thank you to the Patrons of Pro Arte for the thoughtful and lovely reception given in my honour. All of this special evening waas so tastefully done and I thank you. Pro Arte is a happy and positive community; I consider it a unique privilege to be a part of this vibrant fellowship.


At Gala 2014, Ms. Frances was given special tribute for her enormous and priceless contribution, never ending energy and spirit to the Pro Arte community.  She has single-handedly been responsible for over half the costumes in Pro Arte’s vast stock.  Ms. Frances is the first person to greet anyone when they enter the Studio with a huge smile and kind words and is always there to offer safe and wise advise, give comfort, a shoulder to cry on and a true nurturer to us all.  We are so truly blessed and so grateful.

10 Power Foods

10 Power FoodsThe recent Panel Discussion held at Pro Arte Centre was a resounding success.  In addition to the opportunity to hear about the professional advancements in dance/science education adopted at Pro Arte Centre by a team of dance and medical professionals, the attendees were provided samples of the use of the “10 Power Foods” and how they might be incorporated into a holistic approach to dancers health.   For more information about the material shared at the meeting, check out the Online Bulletin Board available to all Pro Arte Centre families

10th Annual June Showcase!

June 2013 Poster

Coming up this weekend … the 10th Annual June Showcase featuring all of the students of Pro Arte Centre.  From Musical Theatre to Classical Ballet AND everything in between … this is the show to see!!  Tickets are available at the Kay Meek Box Office at  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see the talent and efforts of our students from ages 3 to 19.  There are two shows to select from:  2:00pm Matinee and 6:30pm Evening.  Come to one … or both!!!

Encouraging Dedication and Advancing Achievement: Dance Training to Inspire and Aspire

Pro Arte Centre is best known for its commitment to providing training to young dancers intending to pursue a career in dance.  Students participating in Pro Arte programs have been selected as BC Provincial Representatives in the classical ballet, contemporary and  stage divisions and have also been recognized for outstanding performance and technical ability in internationally-acclaimed competitions.  Our graduates have been accepted into dance programs and companies both within Canada and the United States including to name a few; Juilliard, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Ballet BC, Le Jeune Ballet, Purchase College, Lines Ballet Program, Ryerson University, Sheridan College and Toronto Dance Theatre.    Our teachers are qualified with International teaching accreditations, are actively involved with International Dance Science research and have been  recipients  of  numerous choreography and school  awards at events held in  New York, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas,  Portland and Florida.