Holistic Ballet Training: Yoga for dancers

YogaPro Arte Half Day Pre-Professional students take Iyengar yoga every 2nd week with Pro Arte’s Yoga Instructor & Nutritionist,  Dhana Musil. Today, our Intermediate group did a walking meditation to the river (no speaking) and yoga riverside.

We at Pro Arte feel that the Iyenga  philosophy is a wonderful fit with serious dance training for the following of reasons:

  • Their teachers are very carefully trained and thus we can be assured and confident when handing over our precious young ballet dancers:  Iyengar yoga is one of the few yoga disciplines requiring a minimum of five years of training, the last 3-5 focused directly on the certification process and assessment. The average length of time before certification is eight years because at least two years of study at an advanced level is required before being accepted into the teacher training program. Candidates for certification undergo an assessment process which includes recommendations by mentoring teachers, a review of study and teaching experience, and a comprehensive three part examination.
  • The Iyengar style of teaching is marked by precision of alignment in the body, just as classical ballet.
  • In addition, Iyengar Yoga is both an art and a science and is at the forefront of research on its use with medical conditions and injuries. Stability, mobility, strength and alignment are combined with  the concepts of relaxation and restoration of the nervous system.

Last Blast of Summer!

DSCN0217Last 2 weeks at Pro Arte’s Summer Intensive!

Guest teachers and choreographers the next two weeks include master teachers/choreographers Charla Genn (Juillard NY) and Alex Ossadnik (Ballet Master, Ballet Idaho); and Mark Dennis (National Ballet/Alberta Ballet/West Australian Ballet/Northern Ballet). 

Earlier weeks saw guest classes with Aram Manukyan (Alberta Ballet School/Alberta Ballet 2), and with Pro Arte grads Raquel Lanziner (Independent Artist Montreal), Allison McDonald (Ailey School/Philidanco Dance Company) & Kara Chan (4th yr Juilliard).

Pro Arte Centre achieved 10 selected Provincial Reps and Alternates in 2014!

 

Provincials 2014Congratulations to Pro Arte’s 10 selected Provincial Representatives and Alternates. What an amazing achievement for Pro Arte Centre!

Laura Renstad  Inter Stage alternate Victoria; Anja Fanslau Inter Ballet alternate Victoria;  Kay Budworth Jnr Ballet Representative Chilliwack; Nya-Manet Santiago – Jnr Ballet alternate Chilliwack; Sophia Curalli  Snr Ballet alternate Pacwest; Danielle Lee Hogervorst  Snr Modern Representative Pacwest, Megan Hendricks Inter Modern alternate Victoria; Ashley Klockow Jnr Ballet alternate Victoria; Sophie Higgins Jnr Ballet Representative Pacwest (absent: Cassia Slager  Inter Ballet Representative Victoria)

In Penticton, Kay Budworth was awarded the Junior Ballet Runner-up; Sophie Higgins received an Honourable Mention as did Danielle Lee Hogervorst. Anja Fanslau stood in beautifully at the last minute for Cassia Slager who could not attend due to injury.Well done girls!

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Patrons of Pro Arte AGM with guest speakers, Tuesday 11th March 7pm

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Dance has become increasingly athletic.  Injury prevention starts from the inside out.  Join in on a discussion on the holistic approaches to training a healthy dancer (in mind & body) in today’s competitive world.

How can we as parents provide the support they need?

Mark your calendars and join us on Tuesday March 11th  at 7:00pm

Guest Speaker Panel discussion with: Susie Higgins (Pro Arte Pilates and non-practising Phsiotherapist) and Dhana Musil (Pro Arte Nutritionist) moderated by Sarah Ahmadi

Pro Arte Centre Springbreak Camp 2014

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Springbreak Camp 2014

Dates: March 24th – 28th

Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm

Recommended for Pro Arte Junior and Junior Advanced Levels (Ballet Grades 2-5). Guest students are also welcome!

Teachers: Ballet Technique: Ms Tania Brossoit and Modern Technique: Ms Kim Dixon

Fee: $27.50 + gst per day

  • Students can register for single days
  • Students must take both the Ballet and Modern class
  • Minimum registration is required for these classes to run
  • Please pack a snack!

 To register: Please email info@proarte.ca

Pre-Professional Physio-Dance Conditioning Specialists

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All Pro Arte Pre-Professional students in Pre-Intermediate/Intermediate/Advanced Programs are having dance physio screenings and conditioning analysis with Physiotherapist Erika Mayall (M.P.T, HBSc (kin) and Susie Higgins (Pilates instructor who is a non-practising physiotherapist from the UK) who are working in close tandem with our teachers.

Young dancers are very susceptible to injury during the growth spurt years and, as related by a orthopaedic surgeon for the Royal Ballet at the Birmingham International Association for Dance and Science conference – “all injuries can ultimately be traced to poor technique or wrong bio-mechanics.” Correct muscle recruitment patterns, muscle balance, working within an individual’s genetic range must all be carefully guided by the dance teacher and monitored by a dance physiotherapist. The dance conditioning specialist can assist with corrective and strengthening exercises and be an additional “eye” to recognise misalignment and poor recruitment patterns.

Students need to be encouraged how to “think” and not just “do” when they dance! Short cuts lead to short careers and injuries that will hamper your young dancer into their adult years.