All levels of dance instruction at Pro Arté are supported by the latest in dance and sport science. Astrid Sherman, who is on the Education Committee for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), recently returned from South Africa where she organized, and lectured at, regional meetings for dance teachers and professionals in both cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town as well as the internationally renowned Joburg Ballet Company and the Cape Academy of Performing Arts, one of the foremost training institutions in South Africa.
This October, Ms. Astrid will be presenting with Erika Mayall (MPT, HBSc(Kin), CAFCI, FCAMPT) at the Healthy Dancer Canada Conference in Toronto. Pro Arté is unique in having an on-site physiotherapy office with registered physiotherapist, Ms. Erika, who trained in ballet under Astrid Sherman as a student as well as a well-equipped Pilates Studio. Ms. Astrid, Ms. Erika and a team of highly trained, professional dance educators work together to create the optimal training environment for the emerging professional as well as the youngest of students in their very first dance experience.
Pro Arté’s commitment is to be on the leading edge in implementing the best of training that allows each student to safely excel. Ms. Astrid, Ms. Erika and the faculty at the Centre are leaders in working with high performance dancers wishing to prevent injuries or for any student who is in recovery from impairment stemming from injury or poor training habits. Pro Arte is proud to be committed to a holistic approach to teaching dance and using the most recent updated science to create healthier and stronger dancers of tomorrow.
Pro 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.
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
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.
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
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.
Pro 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!
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!