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

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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 Showcase 2013 Saturday 23rd February

2013 Showcase Poster

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

Tix: http://www.kaymeekcentre.com/on_stage/1638

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!

Student Achievements 2011/12

At the American Dance Competition in Florida USA March 9th – 12th 
Top 15 Snr Classical Emma Miller, Michaela Gobas (3rd)
Top 15 Jnr Contemporary Madeeine Gilbert; Courtney Young
Top 15 Snr Contemp: Chloe Campbell, Nicolette Szabo, Michaela Gobas
2nd Place overall Ensemble entry
Round One Judges Favourite: Michaela Gobas
Top Performing Arts Solo: Nicolette Szabo
National Academy of Denver Scholarships: Emma Little, Jodie Herron
Carreno Dance Festival Summer Scholarships: Jodie Herron, Chloe Campbell, Michaela Gobas
Atlanta Ballet Summerschool: Michaela Gobas
LUDT Italian Festival Summer Scholarship: Emma Miller

At the Vancouver Ballet Society Spring Seminar March 12th – 17th
Students selected to attend the program: Emily Hogan, Melissa Becker-Gedge, Francesca Desaulniers, Lyra Kastner, Stephanie Jamieson and Stephanie Lowe
Emily Hogan (Awarded the Ruth McLaughlin scholarship)

Pro Arte Provincial Representatives 2012

Emma Miller (16 years) Senior Provincial Ballet representative Victoria, Overall Runner-up Senior Ballet

Amanda Gillies (16 years) Senior Provincial Ballet Representative Pacific West

Nicolette Szabo (16 years) Runner-up Senior Modern Representative Victoria

Michaela Gobas (15 years) Intermediate Provincial Ballet Representative  Victoria, Overall runner-up Intermediate Ballet

Emma Little (15 years) Intermediate Runner-up Inter Modern Representative Victoria

Chloe Campbell (15 years) Intermediate Runner-up Ballet Pacific West

Jodie Herron (15 years) Intermediate  Provincial Ballet Representative Pacific West, Overall Runner-up Inter Ballet

Aine Miller (14 years) Inter Modern Rep Pacific West, Runner-up Inter Ballet Victoria

Danielle Lee Hogervorst (14 yrs) Intermediate Stage Representative Victoria

Courtney Young (14 years) Intermediate Runner-up Inter Modern Rep Victoria

Stephanie Lowe(12 years) Junior Provincial Ballet Representative Victoria

Cassia Slager (12 years) Junior Provincial Ballet Representative Pacific West

Pro Arte Pre Professional students dancing at Canada Day Celebrations this Sunday

Come support our young Pre Professional dancers this Sunday July 1st

Venue: Waterfront Park, North Vancouver

Opening Ceremony (Pre-Intermediate Sudents) :              O Canada Dance at 1.00pm

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Maypole Dance (Junior and Junior Advanced Students)  at 2:00pm