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.
All levels of dance instruction at Pro Arté are supported by the latest in dance and sport science. Astrid Sherman, who is on the Education Committee for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), recently returned from South Africa where she organized, and lectured at, regional meetings for dance teachers and professionals in both cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town as well as the internationally renowned Joburg Ballet Company and the Cape Academy of Performing Arts, one of the foremost training institutions in South Africa.
This October, Ms. Astrid will be presenting with Erika Mayall (MPT, HBSc(Kin), CAFCI, FCAMPT) at the Healthy Dancer Canada Conference in Toronto. Pro Arté is unique in having an on-site physiotherapy office with registered physiotherapist, Ms. Erika, who trained in ballet under Astrid Sherman as a student as well as a well-equipped Pilates Studio. Ms. Astrid, Ms. Erika and a team of highly trained, professional dance educators work together to create the optimal training environment for the emerging professional as well as the youngest of students in their very first dance experience.
Pro Arté’s commitment is to be on the leading edge in implementing the best of training that allows each student to safely excel. Ms. Astrid, Ms. Erika and the faculty at the Centre are leaders in working with high performance dancers wishing to prevent injuries or for any student who is in recovery from impairment stemming from injury or poor training habits. Pro Arte is proud to be committed to a holistic approach to teaching dance and using the most recent updated science to create healthier and stronger dancers of tomorrow.
1. TARGETED TECHNIQUE TRAINING: MARCH 13-16, 2017
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
- 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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The 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
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
All Pro Arte Pre-Professional students in Pre-Intermediate/Intermediate/Advanced Programs are having dance physio screenings and conditioning analysis with Physiotherapist Erika Mayall (M.P.T, HBSc (kin) and Susie Higgins (Pilates instructor who is a non-practising physiotherapist from the UK) who are working in close tandem with our teachers.
Young dancers are very susceptible to injury during the growth spurt years and, as related by a orthopaedic surgeon for the Royal Ballet at the Birmingham International Association for Dance and Science conference – “all injuries can ultimately be traced to poor technique or wrong bio-mechanics.” Correct muscle recruitment patterns, muscle balance, working within an individual’s genetic range must all be carefully guided by the dance teacher and monitored by a dance physiotherapist. The dance conditioning specialist can assist with corrective and strengthening exercises and be an additional “eye” to recognise misalignment and poor recruitment patterns.
Students need to be encouraged how to “think” and not just “do” when they dance! Short cuts lead to short careers and injuries that will hamper your young dancer into their adult years.
Pro 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.
Along with Pro Arte resident physiotherapist, Erika Mayall, Ms Astrid is just returning from Singapore.
They were invited to present at the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science’s 2012 Conference.
Both are excited to share all the latest and current research in dance science that can make our dancers stronger but safer after spending the last 4 days with all the leaders in this field.
Healthy Dancer Canada’s 5th Annual
Conference: Dance Myths and Facts
When: Sunday, September 16, 2012, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver, BC
“A day of learning and sharing for dancers, dance educators, dance parents, and health professionals. Examining the beliefs and practices, that contribute to, or undermine, the health and well-being of dancers.” (click here for more information)
Susie Higgins and & Astrid Sherman have been invited by Healthy Dancer Canada to present a workshop on some of the myths of dance posture and control. Their presentation is backed by Susie’s vast practical knowledge from her physiotherapy and pilates background and Astrid’s experience teaching advanced pre-professional students for over 15 years. Their combined experience and knowledge has been pooled together to work with students on recognising and correcting postural faults. With an ongoing collaboration, Susie and Astrid confer weekly on student’s needs as growth patterns or poor muscle recruitment habits are noticed. Postural corrections given in ballet class, that are reinforced with pilates, have shown great results!