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.

Pro Arte Staff News

Pro Arte FeetPro Arte Centre welcomes Ms. Tania Brossoit to the Ballet Program teaching staff. Ms. Brossoit received her teacher training at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, UK and has been a prominent educator producing many of Vancouver’s most up & coming young dancers over the last 15 years. We are very honoured and excited to be working alongside Ms. Brossoit.

Ms. Melanie Dance and Ms. Kim Dixon attended the NYCDA Nationals in New York City early July with 7 Pro Arte students from our Pre-Professional Program selected at the Portland Regionals.

Ms. Astrid Sherman & Ms. Stephana Arnold attended the IADMS (International Association of Dance Medicine & Science) “Day For Teachers” in Seattle last weekend. This day was dedicated to educate teachers in areas of health, well-being, training, and performance of dancers.

Ms. Melanie Dance and Ms. Jenny Yoo head to Chichester, UK in August to attend the ISTD International Teachers Training Sessions.

PRO ARTE CENTRE AUDITIONS: Pre-Professional Programs Auditions this Saturday June 1st

Emma Miller Pro Arte Grad 2013Pre-Professional Training Programs

Classical Ballet Training Program (CBM)

Contemporary Ballet Program (CaBM)

Jazz & Contemporary Program (JCM)

WHEN: Saturday 1st June (and Saturday 24th August – Private auditions for new students may also be arranged)

Advanced Programs: 10.00 – 11.30am

  • Must be Age 15+ and have completed the Intermediate  Ballet RAD/ISTD or equivalent training
  • CBM and CoBm candidates must bring pointe shoes

 Pre-Intermediate & Intermediate Programs: 11.30 – 1.00pm

  • Must have completed Grade 5 Ballet RAD/ISTD or equivalent training
  • CBM  and CoBM candidates must bring pointe shoes

Junior Advanced Programs: 1.30 – 2.30pm

  • Must have completed Grade 3 Ballet 1.00pm RAD/ISTD or equivalent training

Junior Programs: 2.30 – 3.30pm

  • Must have completed Grade 1 Ballet RAD/ISTD or equivalent training

CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre

Pro Arte’s scholarship aspirant company

MOVED – now Friday 7th JUNE:   5.30 – 7.30pm

  • Students must have Advanced 2 level classical training and be ages 16-18
  • Students are required to learn & demonstrate a Classical Pointe and a Contemporary choreography in the audition.

Competitive Programs:  Acrobatics, Tap, Musical Theatre & Stage

  • Junior Competitive Musical Theatre & Stage: tba
  • Senior Competitive Musical Theatre & Stage: tba
  • Competitive Acrobatics: Tuesday 25th June 7.15 – 8.15pm
  • Competitive Tap: tba

“Spring Spruce Up” Dance Camp

Lindsay Wall Pro Arte 2008With Ms Kim and Ms Jenny

Dates: Mon – Thurs March 25th – 28th

Fees: $25 per class or $40 per day

or 4 days for $150

not including taxes

Spruce Up Spring Break Registration Form PDF

Registration deadline: Saturday March 15th

Grades 4 – Intermediate:

9.30 – 11.00 Ballet Technique

1.00 – 11.15 Break

11.15 – 12.45 Contemporary

Grades 2 & 3:

9.30 – 11.00 Intro to Contemporary

1.00 – 11.15 Break

11.15 – 12.45 Ballet Technique