Pro Arte’s miracle costume team

Sorting over 2000 costumes after the 2011-12 Performing Year

Pro Arte Centre’s students performed  in over 2000 costumes last year. A huge thank you to our fantastic wardrobe & costume volunteers for the endless hours  they have spent this summer sorting, checking, washing and itemizing all these 2000 odd costumes.

Pro Arte has, since its inception in 2003, been extremely fortunate  to have had many talented volunteers and accomplished sewers aid with the establishment of quite a magnificent costume library. Pro Arte costumes are rented out to families at a fraction of the cost and with minimal hassle involved for parents. We are also grateful for all the donations of fabric, tutus, individual costumes and other items that have aided in the establishment of our impressive wardrobe.

“Merci” to of all our wonderful “Pro Arte Costumers” past and present!

Photos of the performance at Canada Day

Ms Astrid and the Junior Pre Professional Program after performing the Maypole Dance in the mud! (Photo by Jennifer Paton)
Pro Arte Pre-Intermediate Pre-Professional 2011-12 students performing for the opening ceremony of Canada Day 2012 choreographed by Astrid Sherman, photography by Sarah Sedlacek

Pro Arte is “nuts” over Nutcracker

Kara Chan, Pro Arte grad as Clara in the Alberta Ballet Nutcracker 2007

Pro Arte has a strong history with the Nutcracker in Vancouver. Three of our past students have played the role of Clara in previous productions with Ballet BC and Alberta Ballet: Raquel Lefebvre-Lanziner; Danielle Gould and Kara Chan.

Pro Arte Pre-Professional CBM Students and CatchingART have been invited to perform with the LIONS GATE Sinfonia at the Centennial Theatre on Saturday December 15th performing a “Nutcracker Suite”. CatchingART dancers will also be performing the premiere of a new Michael Conway Baker composition.

Click here for more information on Pro Arte & CatchingArt dancing with the Lions Gate Sinfonia

Pro Arte also proudly had 18 of their younger  ballet students selected to perform with the Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker production this December 14 – December 16 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Many young dancers aspire to dance professionally. To achieve this level of dance requires a superb technique achieved with a nurtured training. Pro Arte’s  specialized training programs are designed to support those who desire performance in their repertoire.

Party Girl: Stephanie Lowe & Zoe Kortje ; Mouse:Jordan Fulde; Angels: Sophie Higgins, Hannah Tomlin-Sopcak, Katie Jarvis, Katrina Becker Gedge, Ally Middlemass, Brianna Nyland, Olivia Annicchiarico, Taylor Nepomuceno, Cami Hill, Sophie Vysohlid, Caitlin Lowe & Giorgia Monro; Mounties: Ireland Murdock, Hayley McCormick & Gabrielle Hill

Pro Arte Grads shine in Banff

Andrea Pena and Raquel Lefebvre Lanziner
Pro Arte graduates

Pro Arte graduates Andrea Pena and Raquel Lefebvre Lanziner were honoured and privileged to be nominated by Ballet BC and Le Jeune Ballet du Québec to attend the prestigious Banff

Drawing on a 60-year legacy as one of Canada’s premier sites for creative development in dance, The Banff Centre’s Professional Dance program brings dancers to Banff for three weeks of intensive classes and rehearsal, followed by a week of mainstage performances and offer an intense professional rehearsal and performance schedule for young dancers of exceptional promise.

click here for more information on the Banff Program

Pro Arte will watch these two young ladies with pride as their careers develop and take flight!

Summer School Going Strong

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!

Congratulations to Brittany Rogers – Canada Olympic Team Gymnast

Astrid Sherman (Ms Astrid) is pleased to congratulate Brittany Rogers, North Shore Flicka gymnast, on her selection to the Canadian Olympic team.  Ms. Astrid was privileged to work with Brittany on her floor routine and was amazed by her tenacity and determination in representing our great country of Canada. The Pro Arte family will be applauding Brittany and her coach, David Kenwright as they take their place amongst Canada’s champions.

 

Student Achievements 2011/12

At the American Dance Competition in Florida USA March 9th – 12th 
Top 15 Snr Classical Emma Miller, Michaela Gobas (3rd)
Top 15 Jnr Contemporary Madeeine Gilbert; Courtney Young
Top 15 Snr Contemp: Chloe Campbell, Nicolette Szabo, Michaela Gobas
2nd Place overall Ensemble entry
Round One Judges Favourite: Michaela Gobas
Top Performing Arts Solo: Nicolette Szabo
National Academy of Denver Scholarships: Emma Little, Jodie Herron
Carreno Dance Festival Summer Scholarships: Jodie Herron, Chloe Campbell, Michaela Gobas
Atlanta Ballet Summerschool: Michaela Gobas
LUDT Italian Festival Summer Scholarship: Emma Miller

At the Vancouver Ballet Society Spring Seminar March 12th – 17th
Students selected to attend the program: Emily Hogan, Melissa Becker-Gedge, Francesca Desaulniers, Lyra Kastner, Stephanie Jamieson and Stephanie Lowe
Emily Hogan (Awarded the Ruth McLaughlin scholarship)

Pro Arte Provincial Representatives 2012

Emma Miller (16 years) Senior Provincial Ballet representative Victoria, Overall Runner-up Senior Ballet

Amanda Gillies (16 years) Senior Provincial Ballet Representative Pacific West

Nicolette Szabo (16 years) Runner-up Senior Modern Representative Victoria

Michaela Gobas (15 years) Intermediate Provincial Ballet Representative  Victoria, Overall runner-up Intermediate Ballet

Emma Little (15 years) Intermediate Runner-up Inter Modern Representative Victoria

Chloe Campbell (15 years) Intermediate Runner-up Ballet Pacific West

Jodie Herron (15 years) Intermediate  Provincial Ballet Representative Pacific West, Overall Runner-up Inter Ballet

Aine Miller (14 years) Inter Modern Rep Pacific West, Runner-up Inter Ballet Victoria

Danielle Lee Hogervorst (14 yrs) Intermediate Stage Representative Victoria

Courtney Young (14 years) Intermediate Runner-up Inter Modern Rep Victoria

Stephanie Lowe(12 years) Junior Provincial Ballet Representative Victoria

Cassia Slager (12 years) Junior Provincial Ballet Representative Pacific West

Encouraging Dedication and Advancing Achievement: Dance Training to Inspire and Aspire

Pro Arte Centre is best known for its commitment to providing training to young dancers intending to pursue a career in dance.  Students participating in Pro Arte programs have been selected as BC Provincial Representatives in the classical ballet, contemporary and  stage divisions and have also been recognized for outstanding performance and technical ability in internationally-acclaimed competitions.  Our graduates have been accepted into dance programs and companies both within Canada and the United States including to name a few; Juilliard, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Ballet BC, Le Jeune Ballet, Purchase College, Lines Ballet Program, Ryerson University, Sheridan College and Toronto Dance Theatre.    Our teachers are qualified with International teaching accreditations, are actively involved with International Dance Science research and have been  recipients  of  numerous choreography and school  awards at events held in  New York, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas,  Portland and Florida.