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.
Last 2 weeks at Pro Arte’s Summer Intensive!
Guest teachers and choreographers the next two weeks include master teachers/choreographers Charla Genn (Juillard NY) and Alex Ossadnik (Ballet Master, Ballet Idaho); and Mark Dennis (National Ballet/Alberta Ballet/West Australian Ballet/Northern Ballet).
Earlier weeks saw guest classes with Aram Manukyan (Alberta Ballet School/Alberta Ballet 2), and with Pro Arte grads Raquel Lanziner (Independent Artist Montreal), Allison McDonald (Ailey School/Philidanco Dance Company) & Kara Chan (4th yr Juilliard).
Pro Arte Pre Professional students were very fortunate to have Beverley Bagg (ex-Principal PACT Ballet now Alberta Ballet – ballet mistress) and Stephanie Saland (ex-Principal New York City Ballet) for intensive coaching this summer.
These two wonderful talented woman shared their knowledge, experience and passion for ballet with our lucky aspiring students.
Students gained not only feedback on classical technique, but on self-care, motivation, work ethic and the joy of dance!
Pro Arte Centre is full of energized young people, ready to take on their next dancing and educational challenge. We are in the middle of our July intensive training weeks and the progress has been astonishing. This summer, the intensive classes are averaging 70 students per week divided between our 4 levels.
- 14 Students completed PE and Planning 10 with Pro Merita.
- 12 Students were entered for the summer RAD major examination session.
- We are especially pleased to advise that Alisha Ahmadi and Chloe Campbell completed Advanced II RAD.
- Grade 11 and 12 students are gaining volunteer hours at Pro Arte during the summer months, which fulfills Pro Arte Centre’s commitment to helping our students achieve their requirements for B.C.’s GradTransitions. This includes costume management, stock taking and organizational duties.
Pro Arte Centre is a community that fosters the educational and artistic goals of aspiring students The teachers have been encouraged by the professionalism and dedication of the students attending the summer intensives.
Teachers involved in the July summer intensives: Anita Gillies, Chris Chen,Tania Brossoit, Jenny Yu, Beverly Bagg, Susie Higgins, Dana Musil, Jaime Hawke, Alicia Bruce, Stephana Arnold, Astrid Sherman and Melanie Dance.
Stay tuned for our August update!