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!

 

The Industry Stream: Commercial Dance Training

Montana ContemporaryPro 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:  industry@proarte.ca OR register online at:  https://proartecentre.com/registration/industry-stream-workshop/

Pro Arte Centre achieved 10 selected Provincial Reps and Alternates in 2014!

 

Provincials 2014Congratulations to Pro Arte’s 10 selected Provincial Representatives and Alternates. What an amazing achievement for Pro Arte Centre!

Laura Renstad  Inter Stage alternate Victoria; Anja Fanslau Inter Ballet alternate Victoria;  Kay Budworth Jnr Ballet Representative Chilliwack; Nya-Manet Santiago – Jnr Ballet alternate Chilliwack; Sophia Curalli  Snr Ballet alternate Pacwest; Danielle Lee Hogervorst  Snr Modern Representative Pacwest, Megan Hendricks Inter Modern alternate Victoria; Ashley Klockow Jnr Ballet alternate Victoria; Sophie Higgins Jnr Ballet Representative Pacwest (absent: Cassia Slager  Inter Ballet Representative Victoria)

In Penticton, Kay Budworth was awarded the Junior Ballet Runner-up; Sophie Higgins received an Honourable Mention as did Danielle Lee Hogervorst. Anja Fanslau stood in beautifully at the last minute for Cassia Slager who could not attend due to injury.Well done girls!

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10th Annual June Showcase!

June 2013 Poster

Coming up this weekend … the 10th Annual June Showcase featuring all of the students of Pro Arte Centre.  From Musical Theatre to Classical Ballet AND everything in between … this is the show to see!!  Tickets are available at the Kay Meek Box Office at www.kaymeekcentre.com.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see the talent and efforts of our students from ages 3 to 19.  There are two shows to select from:  2:00pm Matinee and 6:30pm Evening.  Come to one … or both!!!

Four Pro Arte Students taking the RAD Solo Seal examination this Sunday March 3rd

Pro Arte Solo Seal candidates 2013
Pro Arte Solo Seal candidates 2013

Pro Arte’s CatchingART dancers Emma Miller, Haley Horton, Amanda Gillies and Nicolette Szabo take their Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal examination this Sunday March 3rd, 2pm at the Michael J Fox Theatre in Burnaby.

They have been coached by Tania Brossoit with Lynette Kelly, Bev Bagg, Astrid Sherman and Stephana Arnold.
Tickets: Adults – $25.00 and Students – $20  at the door.
The Solo Seal Award was introduced in 1928 as an additional examination for students who had achieved the Advanced Certificate with distinction. This is the highest Vocational Graded examination of the Royal Academy of Dance and focuses on solo performance. Candidates are required to perform three variations, which have been selected to meet the stylistic and movement demands of today’s choreographers and directors. The Solo Seal Award takes place in front of an invited audience and panel of judges, which normally consists of a Vocational Grades examiner and professional dancer or former dancer from a ballet company, approved by the artistic director of the Academy.
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Support upcoming Pro Arte Community Performances

Dear Pro Arte Community

8 young talented Pro Arte Dancers are taking the local stages by storm!
We’d  love and appreciate your support at the following upcoming performances:

 

Saturday November 17th

The premiere performance of: CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre
presented by The Platform & Cailano Mall

 Where: Kay Meek Theatre , West Vancouver

When: Saturday November 17th 7.30pm

Tickets: $15 http://www.kaymeekcentre.com/on_stage/1572

The performance will demonstrate the dynamic and incredible range of our young artists, featuring:

  • compositions from Pro Arte Centre’s composer-in-residence, North Vancouver’s Michael Conway Baker (OBC) with professional guest musicians.
  • North Shore’s Pandora’s Vox, the celebrated local vocal ensemble guesting with the dancers
  • selections from Classical Repertoire from Le Corsaire, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker
  • new choreography by Astrid Sherman and Stephana Arnold

THE PERFECT SHOW FOR YOUNG DANCERS TO BE INSPIRED BY AND FALL IN LOVE WITH DANCE!

The CatchingArt  dancers will be signing FREE dance bags after the performance in the foyer – or bring your ballet shoes!!!!

Saturday November 24th: Education without Borders GALA

A Toast For Hope 2012

  • The event will feature wine tasting and appetizers, a live wine auction, and dance performances by CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre, with choreography by Astrid Sherman.
  • Also, Fred Lee, of CBC Radio, the Vancouver Courier and Province, as our emcee and auctioneer for the evening.
  • All proceeds will go to support EwB’s educational projects in Gugulethu and the surrounding townships on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa.

Where: BMO Great Hall at VanDusen Gardens, 5251 Oak Street

When: Saturday November 24th 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets: $45 http://www.educationwithoutborders.ca/2012/09/a-toast-for-hope-2012/

 About CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre :

There are few opportunities in Canada that allow young artists to aspire to the dream of dancing as a professional artist. The CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre “company experience” will provide priceless professional learning opportunities and the development of resume performances, confidence and proficiency though directorship of Astrid Sherman and  unique performance opportunities and company classes with professional guest teachers. In its inaugural year, eight Grade 11 and 12 students who have committed to a career in dance were selected for this opportunity.

About Education without Borders and Pro Arte:

Education without Borders (EwB)  aims to provide improved educational opportunities and facilities in disadvantaged regions of the world. EwB believes that the development of knowledge and skills gives individuals greater control over their lives and more possibilities and choices for their future. Enhanced educational opportunities build communities from within, and facilitate bridging between communities

Pro Arte has joined EwB in fundraising events since our inception in 2003. Together we have funded  various arts and dance programs at local South African Primary & High Schools. Our (Pro Arte’s) ultimate vision is to see talented students being given the chance and opportunity of a university degree in their chosen Art Field.

CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre includes 4 2012 BC Provincial Classical Ballet Repesentatives all from Pro Arte

Pro Arte’s new CatchingArt Contemporary Ballet Theatre aspirants include four BC provincial  classical ballet representatives (Emma Miller, Jodie Herron, Michaela Gobas and Amanda Gillies – all from Pro Arte Centre).

The exclusive 8  member company performs November 17th at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver together with Pandora’s Vox and original new compositions by Michael Conway Baker OBC.