Open House Week at Pro Arte Centre

We are excited to extend an invitation to attend Pro Arte’s Open House week this Monday, June 26th through Friday, June 30th.  Come and try a class that you’ve always wanted but never had a chance to.  Bring a friend!  We would love to welcome you and introduce our teachers and classes!

Just drop us an email to let us know that you’re coming so we can prepare.  Looking forward to seeing you!

Here is the schedule for the week:











2017-18 Pro Arte Centre Auditions

Pro Arte Centre is pleased to announce the dates and times of the upcoming auditions for the 2017-18 Professional Training Programs.  Registration for these sessions opens this week. 

CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre

Aspirant Company Experience for students ages 16 – 19 who have an Advanced 2 level technical ability

  • Friday 26th May 2017 4.00 – 6.00pm


The audition will be based on a classical ballet class (including pointe work for girls). A contemporary sequence and contact improv session will follow. A solo classical variation should also be prepared.

Please note: Applicants must submit a resume, headshot and letter of intent to  prior to the            audition date.

Professional Training Programs (Ages 11 – 19)

Full Day & Half Day Programs

Saturday May 27th 2017

  • Note: Private auditions are available by appointment only
  • Emailed Video Auditions also accepted – please email for specifications


 Advanced Program (for students ages 14+ who have passed the ISTD Intermediate or RAD Advanced 1 examination or equivalent technical level)

  • 10.00am – 12.00pm

The audition will be based on a classical ballet class (including pointe work for girls). A contemporary sequence and contact improv session will follow.


Intermediate 1 & 2 Programs (ages 12+ who have passed the Intermediate Foundation ISTD or the Intermediate RAD or equivalent technical level)

  • 12.15pm – 1.45pm

The audition will be based on a classical ballet class (including pointe work for girls). A contemporary sequence and contact improv session will follow.


Pre-Professional Training Programs (Ages 6 – 12)

After School Programs

Saturday May 27th 2017

  • Note: Private auditions are available by appointment only
  • Emailed Video Auditions also accepted – please email for specifications


Pre- Intermediate & Intermediate 1 Program Programs (for students ages 10 – 13 who have passed the Grade 4 ISTD or Grade 5 RAD or equivalent technical training)

  • 2.00 – 3.00pm


The audition will be based on a classical ballet class, including basic pointe work for girls who are en-pointe, followed by a modern combo.

Junior and Junior Advanced Programs (for students ages 6 – 12 who have passed the Grade 1 ISTD or RAD or equivalent technical training)

  • 3.15 – 4.15pm


The audition will be based on a classical ballet class followed by a modern combo.


Register for the 2017-18 Audition at:  Audition Application

Springbreak Targeted Small Training & Maintenance Classes

2014-09-07-catchingart-scott-11981. TARGETED TECHNIQUE TRAINING: MARCH 13-16, 2017 

ArtisticSTRONG Small Group Training for ages 9+ (2 levels) with Astrid Sherman, Beverley Bagg & Susie Higgins 2.30 – 4.30pm

  •  “The death of Port de Bras” – Fixing  the “smartphone” generation’s forward head & rolled shoulders with upper body work
  •  “Turn like a Top” – Learn turning tricks from the pros
  •  “Higher Legs” – Increase you developpe height & extension
  •  “Jump like a Star” – Dynamic jumping by looking at footwork and strength

For more information


To Register


Designed to maintain stamina,  strength, flexibility and technical achievement especially for those students who have upcoming examinations or performances.

Ages 9+ (Jnr Adv/Inter Found & Inter/Adv), 10.00am – 2.30pm

  • Ballet Technique
  • Pointe/Pre-Pointe
  • Dance Conditioning & Flexibilty
  • Contemporary Technique


Program Faculty:Tania Brossoit (RAD Ambassador), Stephana Arnold (National Ballet/ Les Grands Ballets/Ballet BC), Alisha Ahmadi (Pro Arte Graduate, Rambert Ballet School BSC), Susie Higgins (Pro Arte Dance Conditioning/Pilates specialist)

To Register

For more information




Youth 4 Yule: Dec 10 7.30pm, Kay Meek

Saturday December 10th, 2016 | 7:30PM, @ Kay Meek Theatre,  West Vancouver

Join us for a festive evening of joy & promise with some of the North Shore’s most talented upcoming young artists. Featuring Pro Arte Centre’s Pre-Professional & Professional Programs together with the Lions Gate Sinfonia Youth Orchestra conducted by Clyde Mitchell.

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Pro Arte’s Award Winning Junior Pre-Professional Programs

Pro Arte offers exceptional technical training for younger students too!

With some of Vancouver’s best teachers  including Tania Brossoit, Astrid Sherman and Kimberly Dixon.

Many graduates, who are now dancing in International companies, received their foundations and formal training at Pro Arte Centre.
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Junior Program – 3 days (Grades 1-3 ISTD Ballet): Classical Ballet, ISTD Modern, Acrobatics & Dance Conditioning

Jnr Adv  Program – 4 days (Grades 3-5 ISTD Ballet): Classical Ballet, Classical Variations, Pre-Pointe,  ISTD Modern, Contemporary and Dance Conditioning*

*optional additional classes include Jazz and Lyrical technique, Tap technique, Acrobatics and Musical Theatre

Contact for more information.




Continuing Dance Grad Program

Pro Arte’s new CONTINUING DANCE GRAD PROGRAM 2015 05 07-08, Pro Arte Gala_PAM-3867

Designed for dancers ages 18 to 25 who are at university or working BUT who would love to take classes with other dedicated ex-dancers and  commit to performing at a couple of shows in the year. (Drop-in technique classes also available)

Monday with Astrid Sherman or Stephana Arnold
  • 6.45 – 8.00pm Ballet Class
  • 8.00 – 8.15pm Contemporary Ballet Choreography
Wednesday with Kimberly Dixon
  • 7.15 – 8.30 Contemporary Modern Technique Class
  • 8.30 – 8.45 Contemporary Modern Choreography


*By Session: Fall (Sep 12-Nov 300, Winter (Jan 9-Mar 8), Spring (Mar 27-Jun 21)
Monday: Fall:11 classes $ 154.00; Winter: 8 classes $ 112.00; Spring:11 classes $154.00
Wed: Fall: 12 classes $168.00; Winter: 9 classes $126.00; Spring: 13 classes $182.00
*$14 for 1.5 hr classes

Drop-In Card: $ 60.00 For 4 classes – 1.25 hours (no choreography)
Drop-in: $ 16.00 CASH paid in person at classes – 1.25 hours (no choreography)

Pro Arte Summer Training Week 2 July 18 – 22 with specialised Boys Week

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 Vincent Hantam (Scotland): Vincent Hantam received his initial training in South Africa before winning a scholarship to the Royal Ballet School.  From there he joined the Scottish Ballet. During his time with Scottish Ballet, Mr Hantam also made guest appearances with companies both nationally and internationally, including the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company, Hong Kong Ballet Company, London City Ballet, Northern Ballet . He is now a sought after teacher and has taught at many companies, schools and universities including recently, The Royal New Zealand School of Dance and The Royal New Zealand Dance Company as well as English National Ballet School.

 Kara Chan (New York): Kara received her pre-professional training from Pro Arte Centre under the direction of Astrid Sherman, where she received provincial titles and top awards at Youth America Grand Prix. She went on to complete her BFA in Dance at The Juilliard School in New York. She has danced professionally with the Mark Morris Dance Group and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.  She has performed masterpiece works by Merce Cunningham, Jerome Robbins, Murray Louis, José Limon, among many others. Kara is an alumna of The School at Jacob’s Pillow and Springboard Danse Montreal.

Mark Dennis(Ballet Kelowna):  A graduate of the  National Ballet School, recipient of the 2006 Canada Council for the Arts Peter Dwyer Scholarship and Prix de Lausanne finalist,  Mr. Dennis danced with the  National Ballet, Alberta Ballet,The West Australian Ballet and Northern Ballet. Mr. Dennis has had the opportunity to work with established choreographers Marcia Haydee, Jiri Kylian, John Neumeier and James Kudelka as well as dance works by Uwe Scholz, Petr Zuska, George Balanchine. Mr. Dennis joined Ballet Kelowna in October 2014 and has had the opportunity to work with world-renowned choreographers John Alleyn, Heather Myers, Shawn Hounsell and Gabrielle Lamb under the direction of Simone Orlando.


  •  Tania Brossoit (graduate RAD Academy, England, RAD Ambassador)
  •  Jenny Yu (A.I.S.T.D (dip) Imperial Ballet,  National Ballet training Course – Korea, MA Physical Education)
  • Kimberly Dixon (BFA Dance SFU; A.I.S.T.D. (Modern dip) Teaching Associate; AFSA Advanced Associate Acrobatic Teacher)
  • Dhana Musil (certified Iyengar yoga instructor/Bsc Applied Nutrition)
  • Montana Moore (ISTD Modern Adv 2; ITP Harbour Dance Centre, The Aviary Company)
  • Amanda Gillies: (RAD & ISTD Adv 2 Ballet)

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