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CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre

COMPANY EXPERIENCE FOR ASPIRANT DANCERS

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ASTRID SHERMAN

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A platform for young, emerging Canadian dancers who aspire to a professional career, Pro Arté Centre’s CatchingART is committed to creating and nurturing leaders within the newest generation of Canadian dancers. CatchingART provides priceless learning opportunities with exposure to a professional’s world.

Eight promising 16 to 19-year-olds pursuing a career in dance are selected to be part of CatchingART each year and receive a partial training subsidy sponsored by The Platform Society. Former members are now representing the best Canadian dance talent with renowned national and international professional dance companies.

Last season saw CatchingART at over 40 community performances, with various orchestras and professional groups such as the Lions Gate Sinfonia, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Pandoras Vox, Cordei, and the Plastic Acid Orchestra. The company joined the celebration for the Vancouver Aquarium’s 60th anniversary, did outreach with Education without Borders (EwB), and raised funds for dance training and scholarships for marginalized children in South Africa. CatchingART gives young dancers rare opportunities to perform newly choreographed works, dance in front of large audiences with live musicians and full orchestras, and contribute to charitable, educational, and outreach events.

Astrid Sherman, artistic director, is excited about creating a new performance for schools in 2016–17 to foster education and communication for combating bullying by using the powerful language of dance. “We have an incredible opportunity to be a voice and catalyst for change by using dance to make positive social comments.” With a repertoire ranging from classical to modern, from the poignant to the exuberant, from pure joy to social commentary, CatchingART will enlighten your mind, steal your heart, and make you a lover of dance forever!

CATCHINGART PLATFORM PERFORMANCE SERIES
November 19 & 23, 2016
Venues: Kay Meek Centre & Roundhouse Community Centre
Time: 7:30pm
Choreography by Andrea Pena, Candice Michelle Franklin, Andrea Downie, Stephana Arnold and Astrid Sherman

PANDORA’S VOX & ESPIRITU VOCAL ENSEMBLE CHRISTMAS
December 2 & 3, 2016
Venue: Kay Meek Theatre
Time: F 8:00pm; Sat 2:00pm & 7:30pm

YOUTH 4 YULE
December 11, 2016
Venue: Kay Meek Centre
Time: 7:30pm
With the Lions Gate Sinfonia Youth Orchestra

SPRING AT LAST
April 22, 2017
Venue: Centennial Theatre
Time: 7:30pm
Chopin’s Les Sylphides and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony with the Lions Gate Sinfonia

EUROPEAN AUDITION TOUR
MARCH–APRIL 2017

PRO ARTÉ GALA
May 19, 2017
Venue: Kay Meek Centre
Time: 7:30pm
Choreography by Astrid Sherman, Stephana Arnold, Tania Brossoit, Alicia Bruce, and Kim Dixon
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“One cannot help but be impressed – not only by the technical ability of these young dancers – but by the emotional maturity that brings the audience to tears and in the next breath, to laughter.” –AUDIENCE MEMBER

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