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 is honoured to have Beverley Bagg on Faculty: endorsement from Theo Duff-Grant; professional dancer – for dancers looking for rehab/technical ballet coaching

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.

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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.

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.

Patrons of Pro Arte AGM with guest speakers, Tuesday 11th March 7pm

black & whiteDear Parents

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

Pro Arte Staff News

Pro Arte FeetPro Arte Centre welcomes Ms. Tania Brossoit to the Ballet Program teaching staff. Ms. Brossoit received her teacher training at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, UK and has been a prominent educator producing many of Vancouver’s most up & coming young dancers over the last 15 years. We are very honoured and excited to be working alongside Ms. Brossoit.

Ms. Melanie Dance and Ms. Kim Dixon attended the NYCDA Nationals in New York City early July with 7 Pro Arte students from our Pre-Professional Program selected at the Portland Regionals.

Ms. Astrid Sherman & Ms. Stephana Arnold attended the IADMS (International Association of Dance Medicine & Science) “Day For Teachers” in Seattle last weekend. This day was dedicated to educate teachers in areas of health, well-being, training, and performance of dancers.

Ms. Melanie Dance and Ms. Jenny Yoo head to Chichester, UK in August to attend the ISTD International Teachers Training Sessions.

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.

Pro Arte’s Susie Higgins and Astrid Sherman presenting at the Healthy Dancer Canada Conference

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!