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

 

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

Pre-Professional Physio-Dance Conditioning Specialists

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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 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.

“Spring Spruce Up” Dance Camp

Lindsay Wall Pro Arte 2008With Ms Kim and Ms Jenny

Dates: Mon – Thurs March 25th – 28th

Fees: $25 per class or $40 per day

or 4 days for $150

not including taxes

Spruce Up Spring Break Registration Form PDF

Registration deadline: Saturday March 15th

Grades 4 – Intermediate:

9.30 – 11.00 Ballet Technique

1.00 – 11.15 Break

11.15 – 12.45 Contemporary

Grades 2 & 3:

9.30 – 11.00 Intro to Contemporary

1.00 – 11.15 Break

11.15 – 12.45 Ballet Technique

Nutrition for Dancers Lecture at Patrons AGM this Tuesday night

Dear Parents

We would so love to see you this Tuesday evening!

TUESDAY DECEMBER 4TH 

6:45 – Patrons of ProArte AGM

7.15 “What’s new” address from the Directors of Pro Arte

7:30 – 8.15  Nutrition: Guest speaker – Dhana Musil

Dhana is the resident Nutritionist for Pro Arte and is a regular guest lecturer for our Half Day Dancers.

She has explored myths and dieting/ sound nutrition for dancers/ shopping for healthy food and label reading this past year with our students.

All parents and student are encouraged to join as Dhana explores:

“Twelve Christmas Food Myths Explored” – as related to dance nutrition

From your Board of Patrons of ProArte

Ms Astrid and Pro Arte physiotherapist present at IADMS in Singapore

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.

Phenomenal Growth of Pro Arte’s Half Day Training Program

Students of Pro Arte Centre’s 2012 Half Day Training performing at SFU Woodward’s Milton Wong Theatre with Drummer Brad Tasker; photographed by Sarah Sedlacek.

In 2007 Pro Arte started afternoon training for its Pre Professional Training Program twice per week with 5 students.

Jump ahead to 2012 and we now see the program expanded to 3 levels with almost 40 inspired students starting their daily training at 1.30pm.

The 3 different levels of Half Day training are: Pre-Intermediates and Intermediates (Level 1, ages 11-14); Advanced 1 (Level 2, ages 13-16) and Advanced 2/Aspirant Company members (Level 3, ages 15-19).

Students take their schooling on-site at Pro Merita or in West Vancouver’s Super Achiever’s or  North Vancouver’s Peak Program Schools.

Students can specialize in Classical Ballet or Jazz and Contemporary and take daily technique classes, conditioning/stretching or pilates, pointe and/or jazz/lyrical/contemporary/modern. The program also involves weekly guest lectures in performance mental training/nutrition/audition planning/x-training techniques etc.

This program supports family life with students at home for evening family meals and gives a holistic balance of academics, intensive training and ample performing opportunities and experiences.

What makes Pro Arte unique?

Many new parents looking for a dance school ask us this question. Here are a few reasons why we feel we are unique:

  • Our Teaching Faculty has vast experience in both teaching and performing. Their
    degrees in dance and accreditation with governing bodies reflect their
    rigorous training, focus and dedication to their chosen career in performing
    arts.
  • Our staff members are constantly wanting to learn in order to give more to our students. This summer we had teachers: in London taking courses; obtaining Pilates credentials; and attending the American Dance Festival.  We encourage our staff to further their education and currently have 3 teachers taking Associate diplomas this year and a Fellowship with the ISTD as well as post-secondary work in kinesiology at Simon Fraser University.
  • Our teachers have danced professionally on stages both in Canada and abroad and this have strong connections worldwide in the dance world.
  • Our facilities boast an on-site gym for cross training. Students are introduced to the latest training in fitness coming in the sports arena that can be applied to dance with Jodi Boates, our fitness specialist.
  • Our on-site physiotherapist with vast dance knowledge, Erika Mayall screens all our Pre-Professional dancers ages 11 and up so we can address weaknesses and avoid injuries early through preventative and supportive training and treatment.
  • Our Pilates teacher Susie Higgins and Jenny Yoo work very closely with staff to address specific individual student needs.
  • Our on-site academic program Pro Merita, a SelfDesign Learning Community, offers us the ability to offer PE, Planning and other courses required for grade 12 graduation over the summer months as well as a full academic program for students from Grade 5 through 12.
  • Our “award winning” choreographers have presented work both locally and internationally and gained recognition and exposure both for their creative work and the students that present it.

Come; learn more about why we are on the leading edge of performing arts.  We invite you to contact us with your questions.

Stephanie Saland and Beverley Bagg at Pro Arte Centre Summer Intensive

ImagePro Arte Pre Professional students were very fortunate to have Beverley Bagg (ex-Principal PACT Ballet now Alberta Ballet – ballet mistress) and Stephanie Saland (ex-Principal New York City Ballet) for intensive coaching this summer.

These two wonderful talented woman shared their knowledge, experience and passion for ballet with our lucky aspiring students.

Students gained not only feedback on classical technique, but on  self-care, motivation, work ethic and the joy of dance!