Pro Arte Pre-Professional students receive full day “Holistic Ballet” workshop with guest teacher from Europe


Pro Arte Pre-Professional students received a full day workshop with guest teacher “Holistic Ballet” teacher Clare Guss-West ( BHum, , MA, RAD) this past Monday.

Clare began her career as a performer with “Second Stride” dance company and as a choreographer creating works commissioned by The Place, London. Clare choreographed with American composer Philip Glass and became choreographer and director at English National Opera, London. She created productions for The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle and San Francisco Operas, Netherlands Opera, Wiesbaden & Kiel Operas, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Sadlers Wells, BBC Proms, Paris Opera Bastille.

As a result of dance injury, her work deepened to include studies in holistic health. In response to her injuries she published her own movement method – ‘The Energy Source’ – simple daily exercise for mind and body vitality – enhancing movement through visualization of energy. This work integrated into productions at ENO, Opera de Paris and the ROH was recognized with a Laurence Olivier nomination for outstanding achievement.

IMG_0225She currently teaches classical & contemporary dance in Switzerland for daily professional training and for the RAD. Her teaching focuses on providing tools to empower dancer’s to promote their own wellbeing for a sustainable career. Her ‘holistic ballet’™approach to training integrates somatic technique, qi gong into ballet class to maximize effectiveness (IADMS, RAD, SOTA & NAFA Academies, Singapore).

She specializes in training ‘dancing longevity’®techniques and the benefits of dance for the elderly (Cannes Dance Festival, IADMS, RAD). Both ‘holistic ballet’™ and ‘dancing longevity’® are new RAD CPD teacher training offerings.

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.

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.