Faculty Bios

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Beverley Bagg (PACT Ballet Company, Ballet BC, Alberta Ballet)

Protégé Program Director

Ms. Bagg began her training in both RAD and Cechetti in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has transitioned from a dancer into a master teacher. She was accepted at the Royal Ballet School in London, England, and danced soloist and principal roles with the PACT Ballet Company in South Africa for 15 years. Among the roles she performed were Bluebird and Princess Aurora from The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile from Swan Lake, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Swanhilda in Coppélia, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle in Giselle, Kitri in Nureyev’s production of Don Quixote, and the lead in Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. She has also performed works by renowned choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, John Cranko, Goh Choo San, André Prokovsky, and Sir Frederick Ashton.  Ms. Bagg has a diploma in biomechanics and physiology from the University of the Witwatersrand and integrates this knowledge into her teaching. Since immigrating to Canada, Ms. Bagg has been invited as a guest teacher to various companies and schools in the USA and Canada. She was Ballet Mistress of Ballet BC and Alberta Ballet and has been instrumental in staging Swan Lake and Giselle for South African Ballet Theatre and Washington Ballet.   Spanning over 40 years of a passionate and very successful career as a professional dancer, teacher and coach, Ms. Bagg is able to draw on this experience and offer a rich and insightful approach to teaching and coaching. She establishes an environment of positive energy and demands excellence in a nurturing and inspiring manner.

 

 

JocelynJocelyn Wozencroft, ARAD, BA(Hons), RAD RTS

Protégé Program Associate

The Pro Arté community is thrilled to have Ms. Jocelyn Wozencroft join the Faculty team as Protégé Program Associate. Known and loved as an extraordinary teacher who invests in each and every one of her students, Ms. Jocelyn danced professionally on the international stage before devoting her talents to teaching and mentoring in her hometown area of the Lower Mainland and brings this wild diversity of experiences and a passion for teaching to the Pro Arté community.

Her own dance education provided her with an extensive background in understanding the training of students seeking to excel. With instruction that included Goh Ballet Academy, National Ballet School and the Richmond Academy of Dance, Ms. Jocelyn also trained fulltime away from home at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Returning home to Vancouver to pursue her dancing dreams locally, Jocelyn completed all RAD Vocational exams including the coveted Solo Seal and was selected to compete at the Performing Arts BC Provincials. She was accepted to the Boston Ballet School on scholarship where she was given the additional honour of working with the BBII Company. Ms. Jocelyn was a semi-finalist prize winner in London’s annual Adeline Genée Awards and was chosen to represent BC in the Canada Summer Games in Ontario where she had the honour to collaborate with artists from all fields from across Canada.

As a professional, Ms. Jocelyn received her first contract at the ages of 17 with the Banff Professional Dance Company. There she had the privilege of dancing lead roles with such choreographers as Crystal Pite, Wen Wei Wang, Shawn Hounsell and Joe Laughlin. Upon completion of this opportunity, Jocelyn was offered a position with Ballet Central (England). There she danced roles in classical ballet productions and other including many Balanchine worlds. At this time, Ms. Jocelyn completed her BA(Hons) with Trinity College in London, England. She went on to continue her dancing career with other companies as Principal Dancer in England and Canada.

Ms. Jocelyn holds her RAD RTS, one of the highest standards in teaching with the Royal Academy of Dance and is also and RAD Mentor. Ms. Jocelyn has been teaching students to the highest standards; earning Distinctions on most ballet exams, top placements at local competition and taking dancers to the Adeline Genée Awards. Her graduates also have been placed with top post secondary program and professional ballet companies.

 

_DSC8585-2Sophia Curalli (AISTD Imperial Ballet & Modern Teaching Associate; ARAD)

Streamed Programs & ISTD Ballet Grades

Ms. Curalli began her training in ISTD Ballet and Modern at Pro Arte at age seven. She went on to complete RAD Advanced 2 Ballet, ISTD Advanced 2 Ballet and ISTD Advanced 2 Modern as well as her Associate Teachers qualification in both ballet and modern. She was a member of Pro Arte’s CatchingART Aspirant Company in 2013 and 2014. Music is a passion for Ms. Curalli.  She uses her voice as a solo vocalist at her church and also appears singing jazz standards in restaurants around Vancouver.  Piano is her instrument of choice and she has completed her grade 10 RCM piano examination. Ms. Curalli appeared in Theatre Under the Star’s “Hairspray” in 2015 and “Mary Poppins” 2017. Not only has Ms. Curalli performed, she has directed and choreographed ‘Cabaret for a Cure’, a fundraising show for the cancer ward at BC Children’s Hospital. She continues to study as a scholarship student at Simon Fraser University. Ideally, she would like to use her business studies to work on the “other side of the desk” in a fine arts environment! Being a teacher is something that Ms. Curalli has aspired to ever since she was a young girl and she is thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with children as they discover the beauty of dance!

 

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Rosie Lewis (ISTD Advanced 2 Modern)

Industry Streams:  Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz & ISTD Modern

Ms. Lewis began her dance training at the age of 7. She took RAD and ISTD ballet, as well ISTD modern. Ms.  Lewis completed her ISTD and RAD Advance 1 ballet examinations as well as her Advance 2 modern examination with distinction at Pro Arte. During her time training in the intensive Contemporary Jazz program Ms. Lewis was awarded Triple Threat at NYCDA in her graduating year. Following graduation, Ms. Lewis was selected to dance in Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program (ITP); however, she chose to focus on her studies at UBC. During her time at UBC, she joined the UBC dance team where she had the opportunity to perform as well as choreograph dances. While on the UBC dance team Ms. Lewis performed at many fundraisers including Relay for Life, and Lace up for Kids. She also had the opportunity of collaborating with UBC’s acapella club. Ms. Lewis also joined the UBC cheer team and performed at UBC’s homecoming event. Currently Ms. Lewis is studying Human Kinetics Exercise Science at Capilano University. Her studies have included relevant courses in human anatomy and physiology, nutrition, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and sports injury/prevention, to name a few. Ms. Lewis is also a CSEP CPT (certified personal trainer) candidate. Through her education in kinesiology Ms. Lewis hopes to teach her students body awareness and safe technique. She is honoured and excited to have the opportunity to teach at Pro Arte and transfer her passion and enthusiasm for dance to her students.

 

MontanaBWMontana Moore (ISTD Advanced 2 Modern)

Industry Streams: Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop & Contemporary

Ms. Moore  began studying the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus at the age of 5 and went on to complete her examinations in R.A.D Ballet and I.S.T.D Modern with Distinction at Pro Arte. Since then, her drive and love for dance has continued to grow in various styles including Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop and other commercial styles of dance. Her interest in dance has taken her far from her Vancouver roots, training abroad at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Boston Ballet, as well as in New York, New Mexico, Seattle and Los Angeles. In 2012, Ms. Moore was selected as one of NYCDA’s Senior Outstanding Dancer and Scholarship winners, attending their intensive training program and dance convention in New York City. Ms. Moore has trained with various Vancouver-based programs including Harbour Dance Centre’s ITP, The Aviary and with Hiphop/ Urban-contemporary based companies, KTL Co. and Illustrative Society.

Her ambition and love for dance has led to commercial work and performances for WE Day, The Sorority Sound as a backup dancer, 102nd Grey Cup Kickoff Show with Dallas Smith, Suki’s International Hair Show, Paralympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony and many more. She has danced in music videos for Josh Robertson and Michelle Creber. You can also catch her on Season 3 of The Man in the High Castle! Her most recent work as a choreographer within the industry can be seen on Bell TV’s “Bell Outside The Box”!

After graduating from UBC with degree in Psychology, Ms. Moore strives to incorporate her knowledge of the mind, as well as her current knowledge within the industry, into her teaching environments to create a positive and inspiring experience for her students to 

 

Erika MayallErika Mayall (M.P.T, HBSc (kin))

Pro Arte on-site Physiotherapist

Erika Mayall began dancing at the age of 3 and continued to dance full time on the North Shore throughout her elementary and high school career.  She completed her ISTD Advanced 2 Modern as well as Advanced 1 Ballet and Tap examinations.  Through years of dancing and part time teaching, Erika developed a keen interest in the human body and movement analysis.  This led to an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario with a specialization in Athletic Injuries, and a further Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia.  Erika currently works in a private practice setting specializing in orthopaedic and sports related injuries with a focus on dance related injuries.  She has a keen interest in not only treating dance related injuries, but also preventing injury and maximizing performance potential of each dancer.  Erika has completed specialized training in the field of dance medicine in both Australia and the United States and has studied with leaders in the field such as Craig Phillips and Lisa Howell.  Erika is an active member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and has been invited to present at conferences in the United Kingdom and Singapore. Together with Astrid Sherman, she continues to conduct research and expand her knowledge in the field of dance medicine.

 

Amber Barton

Amber Barton 

Protégé / Industry Streams:  Contemporary

Born and raised in Vancouver, Amber received her training with Goh Ballet Academy, Arts Umbrella, The Banff Centre Dance Training and Ballet British Columbia’s Mentor Program. Upon completion of her training, she established herself as a professional dance artist in Vancouver and has danced for various companies and choreographers, including: Joe Laughlin (Joe INK), Gail Lotenberg (LINK dance), Judith Marcuse (Judith Marcuse Projects), Lola MacLaughlin (Lola Dance), Martha Carter (Marta Marta Productions), Jennifer Mascall (Mascall Dance), Day Helesic (MovEnt), Lee su-feh (battery opera), Karen Jamieson (Karen Jamieson) Dance Company), Josh Beamish (MOVE: the company), Dana Gingras (Animals of Distinction), Ruckus Company Productions, Adam Shankman, Mark Godden, Marla Eist, Jennifer Clarke, Emily Molnar, Wen Wei Wang, Cori Caulfield, Lina Fitzner and Heather Laura Gray.  She has also been featured as a guest artist with Company 605.  She has also performed and toured with Neworld’s Theatre of King Arthur’s Night and will be returning to work with Animals of Distinction in 2020.       

As a choreographer, Amber’s work has been presented in various venues in Vancouver, across Canada, and internationally at the Chapter Arts Centre (Wales), the NW New Works Festival in (Seattle), and the BAAD!ASS Women Festival (Bronx, New York).  In 2019, Amber was invited to reimagine the classic work of The Firebird for Ballet Kelowna.  Collaborations and creations in theatre include This Stays in the Room (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre), am a (with Mindy Parfitt), Miscellaneous Productions and #whatnow with Alley Theatre.       

In 2008, Amber established her own Vancouver based contemporary dance company, the response. 

www.responsedance.com

Instagram handles: @response.dance @a.f.b_

Alexandra Christian: Industry Program

Alexandra Christian 

Industry Streams:  Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz

Alex recently completed a year of full-time training with the Conteur Academy in Toronto, a contemporary dance company, and while there she trained and competed with a Toronto hip-hop crew, K9collective. Returning to Vancouver, Alex trained with KTL company and is now part of the Advanced Illustrative Company. Along with performing for community events and competing with Illustrative, Alex has also worked with a few music artists in various music videos and appeared in movies and commercials. Dancing is her voice and her passion – and she is inspired most when she has the chance to share this passion with others. Alex is looking forward to sharing her passion with all her students

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