General Program: Dance Classes for students ages 5-18 years: No auditions required

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Ballet (Ages 5+): 

Ballet training fosters a sense of discipline & focus. It generates poise, grace & posture.

Kara Chan Pro Arte Graduate Juillard Photographed by leighton Mathews 2010

Examination/Syllabus Ballet: Pro Arte Centre follows the guidelines of two internationally recognised and carefully researched Classical Ballet syllabi:

Examinations are highly recommended but not compulsory at junior levels. Due to a greater sense of goal setting and accomplishment, students who do participate in examinations seem to develop skills quicker and with more confidence. At a major level (Intermediate to Advanced), successful examination results can be applied as external Arts Credits for High School graduation.

Contact for detailed requirements of the Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels.


Modern (Ages 5+)

Nicolette Szabo Pro Arte Pre Professional Training Program Photographed by Sarah Sedlacek 2011

Modern is a dynamic and creative syllabus that combines the poise and grace of ballet with the freedom of movement & athleticism found in other dance styles.It also focuses strongly on instilling a sense of musicality and rhythm.

Examinations are encouraged but not mandatory. At a major level (Intermediate to Advanced), successful examination results can be applied as external Arts Credits for High School graduation.

Acrobatics (Ages 5+)

Acrobatics offers a challenging but fun class to gain flexibility and strength. Classes focus on skills of balance and agility. Higher level students are also introduced to tumbling, prop-work and double-work. Pro Arte Centre follows the AFSA International Acrobatic syllabus. It offers a distinctive careful developmental progression that keeps safety of students as a top priority. Teachers go through a rigorous testing on anatomical knowledge applied to acrobatics as well as safe spotting for training children.

  • A.F.S.A Acrobatics offers examinations and medal tests from beginner to Advanced and  Associate Teacher Training

Contemporary (Ages 13+)

Contemporary is a non-examination dance style that is constantly evolving. The technique often involves a great deal of playing with balance, floorwork, fall and recovery, and can feature a wide variety of dance techniques that reflect the melting pot nature of contemporary dance.

Lyrical (Ages 13+)

Lyrical is a non-examination dance style that fuses ballet and modern techniques but emphasizes movement to interpret the music and lyrics to express an emotional response.

Jazz (Ages 13+)

Jazz is a non-examination dance style that integrates a broad range of many different styles. The basic elements of classical strength and technique are combined with a dynamic use of isolation and contraction and a fun expression of popular music through fast paced exciting choreography.

Hip Hop (Ages 9+)

Alisha Ahmadi Pro Arte 2009

Hip Hop is a non-examination dance class that refers to a style primarily danced to current and popular hip hop music. The classes are fun, athletic and high energy.

Tap (Ages 5+)

Tap combines dance and the ability to make music and percussive rhythms with your feet. It develops musicality, rhythm and co-ordination in a creative and fun environment. Students may also be offered examinations with the I.S.T.D.

Dance Conditioning & Pilates Matwork 

Working to ensure the balance between muscle strength & flexibility; increasing range of motion and focusing on core stability to enhance dance technique and make for safe dance training practice. Pro Arte physiotherapist Erika Mayall, conditioning specialist Susie Higgins and Director Astrid Sherman are all active members of Healthy Dancer Canada and the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science.

WHY DANCE? Scientific research has shown that dance provides physical, developmental and artistic benefits to your child:

Physical Benefits – Children build muscle strength while increasing flexibility. Young dancers develop a sense of balance and improve agility and coordination at the same time as they explore a range of gross motor movements and fine motor movements. Also, increased body and spatial awareness is learnt on the way, together with good posture, to encourage spine health for healthy aging.  Studies have also shown that physical activity helps children relieve stress and feel relaxed.  It is a great way to help your child develop a positive lifelong attitude about staying active and healthy.

Social Developmental Benefits – Dance classes are fun and a great way to meet new friends. Young dancers develop essential social skills through interaction with other students.  They learn how to work individually, with a partner and as part of a group. Group choreography fosters teamwork, communication, trust and cooperation.  Dance also imparts important life skills, such as discipline and focus while nurturing confidence, self-esteem and poise.

Artistic Benefits To spark the imagination and nurture the individual creativity of a child is truly the gift of dance. Enroll your child in a dance class. The lessons she or he learns will last a lifetime.