2019-2020 Protégé Program Auditions

Join us for the 2019-2020 Protégé Program Auditions

Pro Arté Centre is pleased to present the 2019-2020 Protégé Program Auditions on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 6:00pm. This distinctive and innovative program is going into its second year of working with students who are preparing, or thinking of preparing, for a professional dance career.

With sought after teachers in limited enrolment classes, the students in this program are challenged to becoming their best — to develop their individual artistry; to strive for technical expertise; to reach goals and objectives that they may not have thought possible — all within a caring, nurturing and mutually respectful environment.

Under the direction of Ms. Beverley Bagg, working with faculty such as Ms. Jocelyn Wozencroft, Ms. Roxane McConnachie, Ms. Amber Funk Barton and other committed faculty, the students in this program are provided individual guidance that addresses their personal training needs for exponential growth.

If you would like to be considered for this Program, please complete the audition form at: https://proartecentre.com/protege-program-auditions/.

We are proud to be a part of these emerging artists’ professional training journey and are eager to see their phenomenal growth as dancers and artists in the 2019-2020 year!

Pro Arté is honoured to have Beverley Bagg on Faculty: endorsement from Theo Duff-Grant; professional dancer – for dancers looking for rehab/technical ballet coaching

My name is Theo Duff-Grant and I am a professional ballet dancer with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia. At the moment I am am back home in Vancouver healing a knee injury that I sustained at the end of last season. I have been working at Pro Arté with Beverley Bagg, who has been absolutely instrumental in helping me get back into shape. Her incredible eye and attention to detail combined with her immense knowledge of the human body and how it relates to ballet is truly remarkable. Over the past few weeks she has helped me find a personal way of training that works for my body. Her commitment, care, and tremendous generosity that she puts into all of her teaching and coaching is one of a kind. I feel so lucky and privileged to have the opportunity to learn from her. I encourage anyone coming out of an injury or just wanting to improve, to work with this incredible guide.

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Pro Arte & Friends: Roots of the Community

A Boutique Performance Experience! 

Celebrating 15 years of magical collaboration with the North Shore’s favourite musicians and artists including Michael Conway Baker, Gillian Hunt & Pandoras Vox, Clyde Mitchell & the Lions Gate Sinfonia, Pro Arté Centre, CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre and esteemed invited guests (including choreographic improvisation with Michael Conway Baker & Astrid Sherman and viewing the fabulous Beverley Bagg in a coaching demonstration).

  • Where: Presentation House 333 Chesterfield Road, North Vancouver
  • When: Saturday 3rd November 7.30pm – 8.45pm
  • Tickets: By Donation (seats need to be reserved)

To reserve a ticket:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pro-arte-friends-roots-of-the-community-tickets-51364595889

If you cannot attend but would like to support the evening in a small way, still go through eventbrite, but  send us a note to release your seat booking.

As Pro Arte moves on to a new chapter full with passion and potential, we would so appreciate your support and encouragement at this evening of celebration and rebirth.  We are eager to share both our history and our future with you!

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The Industry Stream: Commercial Dance Training

Montana ContemporaryPro Arté Centre is very proud to present a venture that celebrates instruction in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, tap and acrobatics.  NEW for the 2018-19 dance year, the Industry Stream offers world-class instruction and competitive opportunities in these dance disciplines 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.  Montana Moore, Rosie Lewis and Sophia Curalli, graduates of the Pro Arté Centre professional programs, along with Ashara Xirkovia and Leah Kos bring strong technical training skills blended with the latest trends in commercial dance.  Students in the program will work on up-to-date, current skills and moves that are TODAY’S industry standards.

The program is offered for different age groups from ages 7 through 18 with a 5-hour commitment per week (4 hours of technique and 1 hour of choreography).  Students can participate in additional groups by adding the supporting technique class.  Monthly workshops are also available that cover topics like:  how to prepare for an audition and opportunities in the commercial dance market.  Community performances are also an optional add-on.

A free Introduction to the Industry Stream featuring jazz, lyrical, hip hop and contemporary will be held on August 29, 2018 from 1:00-3:00.  An additional workshop will be held on Saturday, September 8th followed by auditions for these program.  Stay tuned for additional workshops being planned for acrobatics and tap introductions.

For more information on participating in the Industry Stream at Pro Arte and to register for the free Workshops on August 29th including the audition on September 8th, contact us at:  industry@proarte.ca OR register online at:  https://proartecentre.com/registration/industry-stream-workshop/

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

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Come support the “Vancouver Ballet Society” next Friday 3rd October

Schol. Show. posterPro Arte Dancers Kay Budworth, Sophie Higgins, Nya-Manet Santiago, Ashley Klockow and Sophie Leonie-Schultz were all honoured to received scholarships at the VBS Spring Seminar last March. This Friday they perform at the Vancouver Ballet Society scholarship fundraiser showcase.

The Vancouver Ballet Society is a unique, non-profit and non-partisan  organization that was founded in 1946. This group of dedicated dance lovers have a   primary goal of finding the means to continue and increase their scholarship fund so that young, talented British Columbians can be encouraged to continue their studies in what is an increasingly costly discipline, thus insuring that B.C. will continue to enjoy the sight of home-grown dancers on our own and international  stages.(http://www.vancouverballetsociety.ca)

When: Fri 3rd October 6pm

Where: Scotia Dance  Centre

Call 604.681.1525 to reserve your tickets.

Last Blast of Summer!

DSCN0217Last 2 weeks at Pro Arte’s Summer Intensive!

Guest teachers and choreographers the next two weeks include master teachers/choreographers Charla Genn (Juillard NY) and Alex Ossadnik (Ballet Master, Ballet Idaho); and Mark Dennis (National Ballet/Alberta Ballet/West Australian Ballet/Northern Ballet). 

Earlier weeks saw guest classes with Aram Manukyan (Alberta Ballet School/Alberta Ballet 2), and with Pro Arte grads Raquel Lanziner (Independent Artist Montreal), Allison McDonald (Ailey School/Philidanco Dance Company) & Kara Chan (4th yr Juilliard).

Patrons of Pro Arte AGM with guest speakers, Tuesday 11th March 7pm

black & whiteDear Parents

Dance has become increasingly athletic.  Injury prevention starts from the inside out.  Join in on a discussion on the holistic approaches to training a healthy dancer (in mind & body) in today’s competitive world.

How can we as parents provide the support they need?

Mark your calendars and join us on Tuesday March 11th  at 7:00pm

Guest Speaker Panel discussion with: Susie Higgins (Pro Arte Pilates and non-practising Phsiotherapist) and Dhana Musil (Pro Arte Nutritionist) moderated by Sarah Ahmadi

EwB (and Pro Arte) shows why it is “without borders” or “how a seed planted today can ripen tomorrow”

Yamoussa of Kalabante

Dear Pro Arte families & friends

On February 3rd, 2008 EwB and Pro Arte put on a Woza Afrika Concert at the Kay Meek Theatre in West Vancouver.  This was a fundraiser for EwB and the Kalabante circus school in Guinea Conarky. The evening featured the Pro Arte dancers and a circus show put on by Yamoussa Bangoura ( Kalabante’s inspirational leader, mentor and teacher) and some of his friends.

The revenue was split between EwB and  Production Kalabante.  Production Kalabante is a humanitarian aid project which promotes and supports basic education in Guinea – Conarky. $6000 was given to Yamoussa from the revenue to develop a circus school in Conarky.  Children admitted to the school were given basic education and taught circus skills.  Cavalia  – Odysseo ( www.cavalia.net) recently played in Vancouver to packed audiences and is on a cross-continent tour. Members of the Kalabante circus school were an integral part of this extraordinary show.

Yamoussa (www.kalabante.org ) sent EwB the following message in January,2014: “The show we did in Vancouver with EwB make a big difference. I put that money in the school and also in the food for the training.”

Thank you Pro Arte families and friends – those tickets you purchased gave dreams and hopes that came true to young artists across the world!

Pro Arte Centre joins the international “Dancer Wellness Project”

Pro Arte Students Emma Little & Chloe CampbellPro Arte Centre is excited to be the first Vancouver Professional Dance Organisation to join the “The Dancer Wellness Project”  http://www.dancerwellnessproject.com/

“This program is a consortium of organizations (professional dance organizations, universities, schools, and medical clinics) that promote dancer health, wellness, education, and research through the implementation of dancer screening, exposure tracking, and injury surveillance. This goal is to promote injury prevention, career longevity, effective and efficient training, and assist dancers, dance educators, and medical care practitioners who interface with dancers. The main goal of the DWP is to provide the technological infrastructures and other resources needed to facilitate and support the myriad projects of participating organizations/affiliates.”

It is a core value that Pro Arte  provides a holistic training that is scientifically supported and carefully nurturing. We want our aspiring 12 year olds to be tomorrow’s professionals and not carry injuries that will hinder their adult careers.