2019-2020 Classes at Pro Arté Centre

The New Wave of Dance Education

You’ve heard the news — something different and creative is coming together in the Pro Arté community and is drawing faculty and students from all over. Interested in knowing more about the exciting happenings at Pro Arté? Here are just some of the exciting changes in our programs AND our faculty team!

Programs now include:

  • the Protégé Program (selective training program for serious dancers)
  • the Industry Program (training that equips students for work in the commercial dance industry)
  • the Performance Program (community performance opportunities for streamed programs)
  • Competitive/Festival Programs (for students who love to perform)
  • Voice (with the incredible Dr. Gina Oh Studios)
  • Preschool Programs (for those just starting out)
  • General Programs (for students who want to learn and have fun!).

These programs are supported by AMAZING faculty — a team of professionals who are passionate about dance education and performance and committed to investing in students! They include:

  • Beverley Bagg
  • Jocelyn Wozencroft
  • Roxane McConnachie
  • Dr. Gina Oh
  • Racheal Prince
  • Amber Barton
  • Heather Laura Grey
  • Sophia Curalli
  • Danielle Gardner
  • Carrie Coulter
  • Dawn Kozol
  • Alex Christian
  • Montana Moore
  • Rosie Lewis
  • Jaden Turner

Our class schedule is available for download : https://proartecentre.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Schedule-2019-20-August-5.pdf

The Pro Arté Centre partner list continues to grow and includes:

  • Pro Merita Learning Centre (Grades 4-12)
  • De Danaan School of Irish Dance
  • Foundation Fitness
  • Jodi Boates Athletics
  • Allegro Performance and Wellness
  • Community groups for Zumba training, Kangoo classes, Korean Drumming, adult dance classes

If you are interested in learning more about how you can be a part of the new wave of dance education and join the Pro Arté Community — we want to hear from you! Contact us at: thenewwave@proarte.ca

Summer School with Jocelyn Wozencroft

Pro Arté Centre is pleased to welcome Jocelyn Wozencroft to our fulltime faculty starting this Fall.  To introduce her to the community, Ms. Jocelyn will be one of our main faculty members teaching this Summer.  We invite students to attend one – or more – of our weeks of training — they are open to all dancers including students who train elsewhere during the academic year.

Jocelyn Wozencroft – Summer Intensive Faculty

Our Summer Intensives are held in one-week sessions and can be taken as stand-alone weeks of training or combined.  The weeks remaining of training are:

                July 22-26 – Monday to Friday (9:30-4:15)

                August 12-16 – Monday to Friday (9:30-4:15)

                August 19-23 – Monday to Friday (9:30-4:15)

With intensive training in ballet, pointe, repertoire, contemporary and industry (jazz, lyrical and hip hop) genre, students are challenged to learn, grow and develop technique to reach their personal best! 

For more information, or to registration, contact summer@proarte.ca.

We look forward to seeing you at Pro Arté!

Preschool At Pro Arté Centre

Yes – you heard correctly!  Pro Arté Centre has dance classes that are specifically designed for Preschoolers. 

The foundations of dance established in these formative years build creativity, confidence and coordination as well as social skills.  Led by experienced and compassionate faculty, students are provided opportunity to foster their originality and build new friendships in a caring environment that seeks to create a life-long love of dance! 

With both Summer Camps and Fall Programs (Fall, Winter and Spring semesters), children between the ages of 3 to 5 explore the world through their imaginations and discover the joy found in dance.

Contact us at prechool@proarte.ca for more information or to register!

Open House Week at Pro Arte – Come Join us!

The coming week June 24-29 at Pro Arte Centre provides an opportunity for both students and friends to join in on classes. Come – try a class – experience something new and bring a friend!

2019 June 24-29 Open House Schedule

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us!

See you this week at Pro Arte!

2019-2020 Protégé Program Auditions

Join us for the 2019-2020 Protégé Program Auditions

Pro Arté Centre is pleased to present the 2019-2020 Protégé Program Auditions on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 6:00pm. This distinctive and innovative program is going into its second year of working with students who are preparing, or thinking of preparing, for a professional dance career.

With sought after teachers in limited enrolment classes, the students in this program are challenged to becoming their best — to develop their individual artistry; to strive for technical expertise; to reach goals and objectives that they may not have thought possible — all within a caring, nurturing and mutually respectful environment.

Under the direction of Ms. Beverley Bagg, working with faculty such as Ms. Jocelyn Wozencroft, Ms. Roxane McConnachie, Ms. Amber Funk Barton and other committed faculty, the students in this program are provided individual guidance that addresses their personal training needs for exponential growth.

If you would like to be considered for this Program, please complete the audition form at: https://proartecentre.com/protege-program-auditions/.

We are proud to be a part of these emerging artists’ professional training journey and are eager to see their phenomenal growth as dancers and artists in the 2019-2020 year!

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


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