Four Pro Arte Students taking the RAD Solo Seal examination this Sunday March 3rd

Pro Arte Solo Seal candidates 2013
Pro Arte Solo Seal candidates 2013

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.

They have been coached by Tania Brossoit with Lynette Kelly, Bev Bagg, Astrid Sherman and Stephana Arnold.
Tickets: Adults – $25.00 and Students – $20  at the door.
The Solo Seal Award was introduced in 1928 as an additional examination for students who had achieved the Advanced Certificate with distinction. This is the highest Vocational Graded examination of the Royal Academy of Dance and focuses on solo performance. Candidates are required to perform three variations, which have been selected to meet the stylistic and movement demands of today’s choreographers and directors. The Solo Seal Award takes place in front of an invited audience and panel of judges, which normally consists of a Vocational Grades examiner and professional dancer or former dancer from a ballet company, approved by the artistic director of the Academy.
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Stephanie Saland guest teacher this weekend

Stephanie SalandPro Arte centre is honoured to host Stephanie Saland, a leading  ballerina for Balanchine’s NYCB,   this weekend – Jan 19th/20th.

Stephanie Saland brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and care and will be teaching classes and coaching repertoire.

Ms Astrid and Pro Arte physiotherapist present at IADMS in Singapore

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.

Phenomenal Growth of Pro Arte’s Half Day Training Program

Students of Pro Arte Centre’s 2012 Half Day Training performing at SFU Woodward’s Milton Wong Theatre with Drummer Brad Tasker; photographed by Sarah Sedlacek.

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.

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!

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!

Encouraging Dedication and Advancing Achievement: Dance Training to Inspire and Aspire

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.