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.
Pro 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: email@example.com OR register online at: https://proartecentre.com/registration/industry-stream-workshop/
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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Pro 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.
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.