Pro Arté Centre is proud to present the annual Youth 4 Yule featuring members of the Protégé, Pre-Protégé and Accelerated Programs. With Special Guests Lions Gate Youth Orchestra, members of CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre and Dr. Gina Oh Studios, the evening is going to be a joyful celebration of the festive season.
With the exquisite choreography and staging of Astrid Sherman and Beverley Bagg, the audience will be entertained by exciting excerpts of the Nutcracker and other favorites – both old and new!
Held at the lovely Roundhouse Theatre at the corner of Davie and Pacific (parking just around the corner), tickets are available at:
My name is Theo Duff-Grant and I am a professional ballet dancer with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia. At the moment I am am back home in Vancouver healing a knee injury that I sustained at the end of last season. I have been working at Pro Arté with Beverley Bagg, who has been absolutely instrumental in helping me get back into shape. Her incredible eye and attention to detail combined with her immense knowledge of the human body and how it relates to ballet is truly remarkable. Over the past few weeks she has helped me find a personal way of training that works for my body. Her commitment, care, and tremendous generosity that she puts into all of her teaching and coaching is one of a kind. I feel so lucky and privileged to have the opportunity to learn from her. I encourage anyone coming out of an injury or just wanting to improve, to work with this incredible guide.
Celebrating 15 years of magical collaboration with the North Shore’s favourite musicians and artists including Michael Conway Baker, Gillian Hunt & Pandoras Vox, Clyde Mitchell & the Lions Gate Sinfonia, Pro Arté Centre, CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre and esteemed invited guests (including choreographic improvisation with Michael Conway Baker & Astrid Sherman and viewing the fabulous Beverley Bagg in a coaching demonstration).
Where: Presentation House 333 Chesterfield Road, North Vancouver
If you cannot attend but would like to support the evening in a small way, still go through eventbrite, but send us a note to release your seat booking.
As Pro Arte moves on to a new chapter full with passion and potential, we would so appreciate your support and encouragement at this evening of celebration and rebirth. We are eager to share both our history and our future with you!
I feel grateful to have been a student of Astrid Sherman for the 8 years I trained at Pro Arte Centre. I have known Ms. Astrid since I was 9 years old and I can say her devotion, generosity, and care as a teacher is what allowed me to blossom over those years. While there, I also had the privilege of being coached and taught by the incredible Beverley Bagg. I am lucky to have had both of these teachers because their expertise, passion, and mentorship is what helped shape me into the dancer I am today. Pro Arte is where I built my strong foundation of technique and to this day, the excellent, holistic training I received is recognized in the professional world. After my time at Pro Arte, I was able to continue my training and move forward to attend one of the top dance conservatories in the world—The Juilliard School. I graduated with my BFA in 2015 and since then have worked for numerous classical, contemporary ballet, and modern companies/ choreographers. Currently, I am working with Twyla Tharp Dance in New York City. Ms. Astrid and Ms. Bev are wonderful teachers who develop dancers with the training, artistry, and intellect to meet the demands of the dance world. It was there at Pro Arte where I discovered my love of movement and dance. With the tools I learnt there, I realized my dancing dreams and that it was possible to pursue dance professionally.
The training that I received at Pro Arte (under Astrid Sherman) was invaluable in preparing me for my professional dance career, and I am forever grateful for my time there. After graduating, I worked with Alberta Ballet (with then Ballet Mistress Beverley Bagg who is now co-teaching with Astrid Sherman at Pro Arte Centre) and Ballet Jörgen Canada in nationwide tours of several classical and contemporary productions. I then moved to England to dance principal roles with Ballet Theatre UK in their national touring productions. I have most recently transitioned into working in a musical at Disneyland Paris, where my technical background in ballet is a noted asset. It is thanks to the diverse, personal, and in-depth training at Pro Arte that I have been able to have such an enriching and varied professional career so far, from dancing Giselle and Myrtha to being a tap-dancing Genie Girl. I will always be appreciative for the teachers there who taught me to work safely and smartly, and helped me to become the best dancer I could be!