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.

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

black & whiteDear Parents

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

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.

Nutrition for Dancers Lecture at Patrons AGM this Tuesday night

Dear Parents

We would so love to see you this Tuesday evening!

TUESDAY DECEMBER 4TH 

6:45 – Patrons of ProArte AGM

7.15 “What’s new” address from the Directors of Pro Arte

7:30 – 8.15  Nutrition: Guest speaker – Dhana Musil

Dhana is the resident Nutritionist for Pro Arte and is a regular guest lecturer for our Half Day Dancers.

She has explored myths and dieting/ sound nutrition for dancers/ shopping for healthy food and label reading this past year with our students.

All parents and student are encouraged to join as Dhana explores:

“Twelve Christmas Food Myths Explored” – as related to dance nutrition

From your Board of Patrons of ProArte

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.

Stephanie Saland and Beverley Bagg at Pro Arte Centre Summer Intensive

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ImagePro Arte Pre Professional students were very fortunate to have Beverley Bagg (ex-Principal PACT Ballet now Alberta Ballet – ballet mistress) and Stephanie Saland (ex-Principal New York City Ballet) for intensive coaching this summer.

These two wonderful talented woman shared their knowledge, experience and passion for ballet with our lucky aspiring students.

Students gained not only feedback on classical technique, but on  self-care, motivation, work ethic and the joy of dance!

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!