Pro Arte’s CatchingART dancers Emma Miller, Haley Horton, Amanda Gillies and Nicolette Szabo take their Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal examination this Sunday March 3rd, 2pm at the Michael J Fox Theatre in Burnaby.
Featuring the students of our Pre-Professional Training Programs which focus in Classical Ballet or Jazz & Contemporary. Our young students have been chosen as BC provincial representatives for dance, have won many international titles, and graduates have gone on to international programs & companies.
Where: Kay Meek Theatre, West Vancouver
When: Saturday 23 Feb; 7.30pm
Along with Pro Arte resident physiotherapist, Erika Mayall, Ms Astrid is just returning from Singapore.
They were invited to present at the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science’s 2012 Conference.
Both are excited to share all the latest and current research in dance science that can make our dancers stronger but safer after spending the last 4 days with all the leaders in this field.
In 2007 Pro Arte started afternoon training for its Pre Professional Training Program twice per week with 5 students.
Jump ahead to 2012 and we now see the program expanded to 3 levels with almost 40 inspired students starting their daily training at 1.30pm.
The 3 different levels of Half Day training are: Pre-Intermediates and Intermediates (Level 1, ages 11-14); Advanced 1 (Level 2, ages 13-16) and Advanced 2/Aspirant Company members (Level 3, ages 15-19).
Students take their schooling on-site at Pro Merita or in West Vancouver’s Super Achiever’s or North Vancouver’s Peak Program Schools.
Students can specialize in Classical Ballet or Jazz and Contemporary and take daily technique classes, conditioning/stretching or pilates, pointe and/or jazz/lyrical/contemporary/modern. The program also involves weekly guest lectures in performance mental training/nutrition/audition planning/x-training techniques etc.
This program supports family life with students at home for evening family meals and gives a holistic balance of academics, intensive training and ample performing opportunities and experiences.
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 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!
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.
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Astrid, Melanie & Sarah