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.
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
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.
“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.
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.
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
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.