Parent Information Meeting

Parent Information Meeting

Parents and students are welcome to attend an Information Meeting to be held at Pro Arte Centre on Friday, May 17th, beginning at 7:30. More information about the 2019-2020 programs will be offered. Meet the faculty and hear more about the exciting new events and activities that will be held in the new dance year.

If you are particularly interested in the very successful Protege and Pre-Protege Programs, the details of these streamed programs will be covered in detail and parents are welcome to ask questions about how this program is new and innovative in the dance training world.

For those who may not be able to be in attendence at the Information Meeting, please contact us at programs@proarte.ca.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sarah R. Ahmadi – Executive Director

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

Surrey Set Solo Congratulations

We are thrilled to extend congratulations to Paige for her First Place finish in the 15-year old Set Solo at Surrey Festival. Congratulations to Sabina for her Second Place in the 13-year old Set Solo at the same festival. These two categories represent some of the best dancers in the Province and we are so pleased to celebrate with them this recognition of their hard work and dedication. In honour of their efforts, they have been invited to the Provincials Audition Class. Pictured with Pro Arte Centre’s Director of the Protégé Program, Ms. Bev Bagg, these girls are embody the joy and passion of dance and we are very proud of their efforts. Well done, Paige and Sabina!

Congratulations to Ms. Astrid!

The happy couple news is out and we can now share publicly that Ms. Astrid Sherman and Mr. Antonio Ocana were married last week in a private ceremony. We are so pleased for both of them and wish them the very best as they embark on their life together as a married couple!

Ms. Astrid Sherman, Dr. Antonio Ocana and wedding attendant Vader

Spring Break Classes with Astrid Sherman

SPRING HOLIDAY TRAINING: “ARTISTIC-STRONG  CLASSES”

Focused Technical Classical Training with Targeted Dance Conditioning and Inspired Artistry

  • Dates: Wednesday 27th March  – Saturday 30th March 2019
  •  Level: Grades 4 – Intermediate level/ages 10 – 14
  • Instructor: Astrid Sherman
  • Time:  10am – 12 noon
  • Fee: $20 +tax per class
  • Bring pointe shoes if you are en-pointe

Highly  recommended for students who compete after Spring-Break!

Please register in ADVANCE: registrar@proarte.ca

For private coaching sessions 12.15pm – 3.15pm Wed 27th – Sat 30th: email astrid.sherman@proarte.ca

Youth 4 Yule

Pro Arté Centre is proud to present the annual Youth 4 Yule featuring members of the Protégé, Pre-Protégé and Accelerated Programs.  With Special Guests Lions Gate Youth Orchestra, members of CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre and Dr. Gina Oh Studios, the evening is going to be a joyful celebration of the festive season.  Y4Y

With the exquisite choreography and staging of Astrid Sherman and Beverley Bagg, the audience will be entertained by exciting excerpts of the Nutcracker and other favorites – both old and new! 

Held at the lovely Roundhouse Theatre at the corner of Davie and Pacific (parking just around the corner), tickets are available at:

          https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-4-yule-2018-tickets-52697128530

  • General Entry:                       $20.00
  • Students (13 and under):     $15.00

 Here are more details:

 When:            

  • Monday, December 10, 2018
  • 7:30 pm

 Where:          

  • Roundhouse Theatre
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews

We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating the wonder of the Season through the talents of the new generation of performing arts leaders!

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 Arte & Friends: Roots of the Community

A Boutique Performance Experience! 

Celebrating 15 years of magical collaboration with the North Shore’s favourite musicians and artists including Michael Conway Baker, Gillian Hunt & Pandoras Vox, Clyde Mitchell & the Lions Gate Sinfonia, Pro Arté Centre, CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre and esteemed invited guests (including choreographic improvisation with Michael Conway Baker & Astrid Sherman and viewing the fabulous Beverley Bagg in a coaching demonstration).

  • Where: Presentation House 333 Chesterfield Road, North Vancouver
  • When: Saturday 3rd November 7.30pm – 8.45pm
  • Tickets: By Donation (seats need to be reserved)

To reserve a ticket:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pro-arte-friends-roots-of-the-community-tickets-51364595889

If you cannot attend but would like to support the evening in a small way, still go through eventbrite, but  send us a note to release your seat booking.

As Pro Arte moves on to a new chapter full with passion and potential, we would so appreciate your support and encouragement at this evening of celebration and rebirth.  We are eager to share both our history and our future with you!

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Why Pro Arte? Kara Chan – Pro Arte Grad 2011

I feel grateful to have been a student of Astrid Sherman for the 8 years I trained at Pro Arte Centre. I have known Ms. Astrid since I was 9 years old and I can say her devotion, generosity, and care as a teacher is what allowed me to blossom over those years. While there, I also had the privilege of being coached and taught by the incredible Beverley Bagg.  I am lucky to have had both of these teachers because their expertise, passion, and mentorship is what helped shape me into the dancer I am today. Pro Arte is where I built my strong foundation of technique and to this day, the excellent, holistic training I received is recognized in the professional world. After my time at Pro Arte, I was able to continue my training and move forward to attend one of the top dance conservatories in the world—The Juilliard School. I graduated with my BFA in 2015 and since then have worked for numerous classical, contemporary ballet, and modern companies/ choreographers. Currently, I am working with Twyla Tharp Dance in New York City. Ms. Astrid and Ms. Bev are wonderful teachers who develop dancers with the training, artistry, and intellect to meet the demands of the dance world. It was there at Pro Arte where I discovered my love of movement and dance. With the tools I learnt there, I realized my dancing dreams and that it was possible to pursue dance professionally.

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Why Pro Arte? Emma Miller – Pro Arte Grad 2013

received_1080533265440168The training that I received at Pro Arte (under Astrid Sherman) was invaluable in preparing me for my professional dance career, and I am forever grateful for my time there. After graduating, I worked with Alberta Ballet (with then Ballet Mistress Beverley Bagg who is now co-teaching with Astrid Sherman at Pro Arte Centre) and Ballet Jörgen Canada in nationwide tours of several classical and contemporary productions. I then moved to England to dance principal roles with Ballet Theatre UK in their national touring productions. I have most recently transitioned into working in a musical at Disneyland Paris, where my technical background in ballet is a noted asset. It is thanks to the diverse, personal, and in-depth training at Pro Arte that I have been able to have such an enriching and varied professional career so far, from dancing Giselle and Myrtha to being a tap-dancing Genie Girl. I will always be appreciative for the teachers there who taught me to work safely and smartly, and helped me to become the best dancer I could be!