Pro Arte Centre is pleased to have a team of world-class, certified teachers with a vast array of experience and expertise. Being guided by best practices and ensuring the health and safety of our community, we are ensuring social distancing and self isolation. We place these operating mandates as priority and, as such, Pro Arte is currently operating with a small group of our faculty. However, we acknowledge that the wealth of offerings is enriched by the contributions of teachers that are not onsite during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Beverley Bagg (PACT Ballet Company, Ballet BC, Alberta Ballet):
Ms. Bev 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.
Sophia Curalli (LISTD, Imperial Ballet; AISTD, Modern Theatre; ARAD):
Ms. Sophia 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 Licentiate Teachers qualification in ballet and her Associate Teachers in modern. Students training with Ms. Sophia have consistently attained the highest marks in ballet and modern examinations. She was a member of Pro Arte’s CatchingART Aspirant Company in 2013 and 2014. Music is a passion for Ms. Sophia. 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. She appeared in Theatre Under the Star’s “Hairspray” in 2015 and “Mary Poppins” 2017. Not only has Ms. Sophia 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. Being a teacher is something that Ms. Sophia has aspired to ever since she was a young girl and she is thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with dancers of all ages as they discover the beauty of dance!
Alisha Ahmadi (BA(Hons); AISTD, Imperial Ballet & Modern Theatre; AAFSA (Acro); ARAD; AIDT/ISTD Tap):
Ms. Alisha trained at Pro Arte Centre and graduated as a member of the CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre where she completed RAD Advanced 2, ISTD Advanced 2 Ballet and Advanced 2 Modern, ISTD Advanced 1 Tap, AIDT Silver Higher Tap and Associate II Teacher with AFSA (Acrobatics). After moving to London, England, she graduated with a BA (Hons) at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance where she worked with a number of well known British and European contemporary teachers and choreographers. While in England, she danced with Rambert Dance Company in their productions of Itzik Galili’s “A Linha Curva,” and “The Creation” by Mark Baldwin. She was also privileged to work with a wide variety of teachers and choreographers such as Darren Ellis, Antonia Francheschi, Kerry Nicholls, and emerging artists Arielle Smith, Jason Mabana and Chris Thomas. In Vancouver as a freelance dancer, she has worked and performed with various artists, some of which include Amber Funk Barton, Heather Laura Grey, Jennifer Mascall, Judith Marcuse and the EDAM Scholarship Program under the directorship of Peter Bingham as well as being selected as a Cirque du Soliel dancer. Alongside working with fellow artists, Alisha has toured and performed her own compositions with co-choreographer Ben Cooper on the Island as well as locally. Most recently, Ms. Alisha moved to Calgary on contract with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks but while under quarantine from COVID-19 has come back to Vancouver. Her teaching and choreography experience includes ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, lyrical, acrobatics and tap at multiple studios in Vancouver and Calgary.
Ben Cooper (Royal Ballet; Trinity Laban; Rambert)
Mr. Ben began his ballet training at the age of nine with Jean Butterworth School of Dance, in the United Kingdom. Mr. Ben trained with The Royal Ballet School under the teachings of Kathryn Wade, Richard Ramsay, Neil Westmoreland, Steven McRae, Ed Watson, and Hope Keelan. Upon graduation, Mr. Ben attended Trinity Laban CAT Scheme under the direction of Martin Collins. Mr. Ben studied under many amazing teachers such as Lee Smikle (Rambert, Matthew Bourne) and Stephano Roasato (Merce Cunningham Company). During Mr. Ben’s time at Laban, he was fortunate enough to dance with various choreographers including Akram Khan, Wayne Mcgregor, Darren Ellis, and Matthew Bourne. Mr. Ben also had the opportunity to perform in “The Fairy Queen”- a 1590 British Opera. In 2013, Mr. Ben continued his training at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Mr. Ben’s main area of study was Graham under the direction of Dr. Ross Mckim (National Ballet of Canada). While at Rambert, Mr. Ben learned the art of sound and lighting for dance performance. Mr. Ben found this highly rewarding as he had the opportunity to light a piece on Sky Arts under the direction of Sir Robert Cohen. In September 2019, Mr. Ben returned to education to complete his Master in Practice of Manual Osteopathic Science, with an emphasis on helping dancers through injury and rehabilitation. Mr. Ben has taught ballet, contemporary, pointe, pas de deux through advanced levels at a variety of studios in England as well as in Calgary as well as now at Pro Arte. Mr. Ben is very excited to be at Pro Arte and can’t wait to share his passion for dance with students!
Pro Arte Faculty
- Jocelyn Wozencroft: (BA (Hons) ARAD RTS PBT Cert.) Classical Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Dance Conditioning/PBT, Coaching
- Roxane McConnachie: Classical (ARAD, RTS, PBT Cert.) Classical Ballet, Dance Conditioning/ PBT, Coaching
- Amber Funk Barton: Contemporary
- Emily Nicholson: Classical Ballet, Dance Conditioning
- Carrie Coulter: (RAD RTS PBT Cert.) Ballet, Dance Conditioning/PBT
- Alex Christian: Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop & Lyrical
- Jaden Turner: Industry & Acro
- Sarah Stonehouse: Industry & Tap
- Frankie Warren: Industry & Hip Hop
- Dr. Gina Oh: Musical Theatre & Voice
- Erika Mayall: Physiotherapy
- Omar Khalid: Strength and Conditioning Coach