What makes Pro Arte unique?

Many new parents looking for a dance school ask us this question. Here are a few reasons why we feel we are unique:

  • Our Teaching Faculty has vast experience in both teaching and performing. Their
    degrees in dance and accreditation with governing bodies reflect their
    rigorous training, focus and dedication to their chosen career in performing
    arts.
  • Our staff members are constantly wanting to learn in order to give more to our students. This summer we had teachers: in London taking courses; obtaining Pilates credentials; and attending the American Dance Festival.  We encourage our staff to further their education and currently have 3 teachers taking Associate diplomas this year and a Fellowship with the ISTD as well as post-secondary work in kinesiology at Simon Fraser University.
  • Our teachers have danced professionally on stages both in Canada and abroad and this have strong connections worldwide in the dance world.
  • Our facilities boast an on-site gym for cross training. Students are introduced to the latest training in fitness coming in the sports arena that can be applied to dance with Jodi Boates, our fitness specialist.
  • Our on-site physiotherapist with vast dance knowledge, Erika Mayall screens all our Pre-Professional dancers ages 11 and up so we can address weaknesses and avoid injuries early through preventative and supportive training and treatment.
  • Our Pilates teacher Susie Higgins and Jenny Yoo work very closely with staff to address specific individual student needs.
  • Our on-site academic program Pro Merita, a SelfDesign Learning Community, offers us the ability to offer PE, Planning and other courses required for grade 12 graduation over the summer months as well as a full academic program for students from Grade 5 through 12.
  • Our “award winning” choreographers have presented work both locally and internationally and gained recognition and exposure both for their creative work and the students that present it.

Come; learn more about why we are on the leading edge of performing arts.  We invite you to contact us with your questions.

Stephanie Saland and Beverley Bagg at Pro Arte Centre Summer Intensive

ImagePro 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’s Susie Higgins and Astrid Sherman presenting at the Healthy Dancer Canada Conference

Healthy Dancer Canada’s 5th Annual
Conference:  Dance Myths and Facts

When: Sunday, September 16, 2012, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver, BC

“A day of learning and sharing for dancers, dance educators, dance parents, and health professionals. Examining the beliefs and practices, that contribute to, or undermine, the health and well-being of dancers.” (click here for more information)

Susie Higgins and & Astrid Sherman  have been invited by Healthy Dancer Canada  to present a workshop on some of the myths of dance posture and control. Their presentation is backed by Susie’s vast practical knowledge from her physiotherapy and pilates  background and Astrid’s experience teaching advanced pre-professional  students for over 15 years. Their combined experience and knowledge has been pooled together to work with students on recognising and correcting postural faults. With an ongoing collaboration, Susie and Astrid confer weekly on student’s needs as growth patterns or poor muscle recruitment habits are noticed. Postural corrections given in ballet class, that are reinforced with pilates, have shown great results!

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.