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!

2019-2020 Dance Faculty and Programs Announced

Professional Training Program

It is with immense pleasure that Pro Arté Centre proudly announces the dance faculty and programs for the 2019-2020 Dance Year. 

While we are still adding to our Faculty/Workshop/Adjunct Team (stay tuned for future news!), our full-time faculty includes:

Beverley Bagg (Protégé Program Director),

Jocelyn Wozencroft (Protégé Program Associate),

Roxane McConnachie (Senior Associate),

Amber Funk Barton (Contemporary),

Dr. Gina Oh (Musical Theatre/Voice),

Dawn Kozol (Ballet, Preschool),

Sophia Curalli (Ballet, Modern, Broadway Jazz),

Alisha Ahmadi (Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Acro, Tap),

Montana Moore (Industry: Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop),

Rosie Lewis (Modern, Jazz, Lyrical),

Alex Christian (Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop),

Jaden Turner (Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Street Jazz). 

Astrid Sherman will continue as Adjunct Faculty. 

Programs offered at Pro Arté Centre for the 2019-2020 year include:

Half-Day Program:

Protégé Program.  Intensive classical/contemporary training in small class format.  Different levels offered in a Half-day or Condensed Week format.  These programs are by audition/placement only with limited enrollment in each class.  Students in these programs are offered international competition opportunities, local performance opportunities as well as collaborative events with other arts groups and an individualized training strategy that is unique to their personal goals and objectives.  Please contact protege@proarte.ca for more information and to set up an interview for placement.  Students must be training at an Intermediate Foundation level or have the permission of the Protégé Program Director.  Weekly hourly commitment:  14+ hours (Condensed) to 20+ hours  Prospective candidates are encourage to attend the Parent Meeting on Friday, May 17th at 7:30 to hear more about the program’s options and placement levels.

After School Programs:

Pro Arté Centre offers a wide variety of training options for students who are interested in a once-a-week class as well as planned programs that offer competition/festival and performance possibilities.  The 2019-2020 Schedule will be released shortly but here is a “snapshot” of the streamed programs (class combinations) for the new year:

Pre-Protégé Program: An afterschool program for students who express a keen interest in technical training who have not yet reached the Intermediate Foundation level.  This program has limited enrolment and is by application and invitation only.  Competition and performance opportunities are offered as part of the program.  Please contact pre-protege@proarte.ca for more information or application.  Weekly hourly commitment:  8+ hours 

Industry Program:  For those students (ages 11+) who are interested in commercial dance, this program provides training specifically focused on styles of dance including jazz, lyrical contemporary, acro, hip hop, street jazz supported by the best of technical ballet training.   Competition and performance opportunities are optional.  Weekly hourly commitment for competition/performances:  Minimum 4 hours

Junior/Intermediate Programs:  After school programs for students ages 6-11 that offer training in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, acrobatics, tap, musical theatre, voice and acting.  Competition and performance opportunities are optional.  Weekly hourly commitment for competition/performances:  Minimum 4 hours

Future Stars Program:  For young students (Ages 5-6) who are keen to dance and experience a variety of dance styles offered by faculty that are passionate about sharing their love of dance!  Competition and performance opportunities are optional. Weekly hourly commitment for competition/performances:  Minimum 4 hours

Preschool Program:  Parents who are interested in giving their children opportunity to explore creative movement will find these classes are perfect for laying the foundations for any future dance or athletic efforts.  (Remember – even football players take ballet classes!)

We welcome your questions about our programs and are excited to share our new schedule next week!  A Parent Meeting for our Streamed Programs (Including our Protégé Program) will be held on Friday, May 17th at 7:30

Sarah R. Ahmadi – Executive Director, Pro Arté Centre

Pro Arté: Leaders in Safe Dance Training

IADMS in SAAll 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.    

2018-2019 Accelerated Program

Accelerated ProgramPro Arté Centre is proud to announce the new Half-Day Accelerated Program.  Celebrating each student that has the desire to reach for excellence, this program provides training that is committed to ensuring that every student reaches their fullest potential.  With a team of faculty that are dedicated to helping dancers attain their goals and dreams, students in this program can explore the rich diversity of dance that will prepare them for whatever their future brings.

Come … be a part of a community that has been successful in equipping dancers to live their ambitions and explore their passions.  We invite you to learn more about this program and discover how Pro Arté can help you achieve your dreams.  Contact us at: accelerated@proarte.ca.

Pearls from Pro Arte: Conditioning Specialist, Susie Higgins, on the common “threads” of dance injuries

Pilates Pearl picThe Professional Program students at Pro Arte Centre are well and truly spoiled with their weekly Pilates and Yoga training in amongst their daily dance specific and foot conditioning. Aside from classical and modified mat work we teach Pilates using small equipment with balls of various sizes, foam rollers, fit rings, rotary discs and resistance bands. We are also fortunate enough to offer the oh so important resistance work using reformers, towers, chair, ladder barrel and small barrel in our spacious and well equipped studio.

With their vigorous training and performance schedule the demands on these talented
growing bodies are high which is the reason we are actively seeking out a preventative
program which will address the common weaknesses , asymmetries and overload injuries we often observe in these aspiring dancers. At Pro Arte,  Pilates is also used as part of the dance screening students received each year, to be on top of growth related weaknesses and any injuries.

The common threads we see with a lot of  injuries can usually be identified from the following and can be easily addressed with holistic ballet training and conditioning classes:
● Standing with the pelvis tilted too far forward and the lower back too arched (used by students who turn their feet out too much and don’t use turnout correctly from the hip and due to the next point…)
● Weak abdominals (hard to believe but sadly true!)
● Tight as well as weak muscles in the spine, pelvis and hips leading to
(amongst lots of other conditions) snapping hips, IT Band Syndrome, Patellar
tendinitis
● Incorrect use of turnout and weak abdominals  – snapping hips, psoas tendinitis
● Weak foot and ankle – leading to rolling over on ankles whether on pointe or
landing from a jump or overuse injuries such as stress fractures in the foot ,
sesamoiditis.
● Poor static as well as dynamic alignment of hips, knees and feet especially in
weight-bearing which affects centre work, turns and jumps.
● Breathholding – often due to a rounded upper back posture (smart phone
generation!), leading to a stiff ribcage and upper back – this often makes the
dancer look stiff and awkward in their movements especially their port de bras, épaulement and facial expressions.

 

Holistic Ballet Training: Yoga for dancers

YogaPro Arte Half Day Pre-Professional students take Iyengar yoga every 2nd week with Pro Arte’s Yoga Instructor & Nutritionist,  Dhana Musil. Today, our Intermediate group did a walking meditation to the river (no speaking) and yoga riverside.

We at Pro Arte feel that the Iyenga  philosophy is a wonderful fit with serious dance training for the following of reasons:

  • Their teachers are very carefully trained and thus we can be assured and confident when handing over our precious young ballet dancers:  Iyengar yoga is one of the few yoga disciplines requiring a minimum of five years of training, the last 3-5 focused directly on the certification process and assessment. The average length of time before certification is eight years because at least two years of study at an advanced level is required before being accepted into the teacher training program. Candidates for certification undergo an assessment process which includes recommendations by mentoring teachers, a review of study and teaching experience, and a comprehensive three part examination.
  • The Iyengar style of teaching is marked by precision of alignment in the body, just as classical ballet.
  • In addition, Iyengar Yoga is both an art and a science and is at the forefront of research on its use with medical conditions and injuries. Stability, mobility, strength and alignment are combined with  the concepts of relaxation and restoration of the nervous system.