Creative and Training Team

Resident Teachers & Coaches:

Artistic Director:  Astrid Sherman (Ballet Technique, Pointe, Contemporary Ballet & Conditioning)

Choreographer-in-Residence: Stephana Arnold (Ballet Technique, Pointe, Contemporary Ballet & Conditioning)

Ms. Arnold attended the National Ballet School of Canada where she received the prestigious Peter Dwyer Award and Honours standing on her Intermediate and Advanced Cecchetti  Ballet Examinations. Upon graduation, she danced with several small companies before joining the National Ballet of Canada from 1992-1995. In 1996, Ms. Arnold joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and quickly rose to First Soloist. She danced a wide and eclectic variety of principal and soloist roles from Concerto Barocco, Nutcracker, Queen of Spades, Giselle and Symphony of Songs to name a few. She was also a favourite muse for many choreographers and worked with such names as Eduoard Lock, Shawn Hounsell, O’had Naharin, Jiri Kylian and Kevin O’Day.  2003 brought Ms. Arnold to Ballet BC where she danced an extensive array of principal roles, from the Woman in Conversation Piece, Tatiana in Faerie Queen, Stella in Streetcar Named Desire and her most notable and last, Carmen in February 2007 and where she was also company teacher from 2004-08. Currently, Ms. Arnold is a sought after teacher for both classical and contemporary as well as adjudicating at dance festival competitions. She is also an ISSA certified personal trainer, conducting her own fusion body conditioning classes. There are plans to see her choreographing for both Ballet Victoria & Coastal City Ballet in this next year’s season.

and  Pro Arte Pre-Professional Program Instructors Teaching & Holistic Support Faculty:

Classical Ballet & Pointe: Beverley Bagg, Tania Brossoit & Yana Dragieva

Contemporary, Modern & Contact Improv: Desiree Dunlop & Kimberley Dixon

Pilates: Susie Higgins

Yoga & Nutrition: Dhana Musil

Physiotherapy: Erika Mayall

Guest company teachers/Choreographers for 2016/17 Season included: Vincent Hantam (Scotland),  Candice Michelle Franklin (New York),  Andrea Downie (Toronto), Andrea Pena (Montreal)

Guest company teachers/Choreographers for 2015/16 Season included: Clare Guss-West (Switzerland), Candice Michelle Franklin (New York), Rachael Poirier (Vancouver), Andrea Downie (Toronto), Danielle Clifford (Vancouver), Beverley Bagg (Alberta), Heather Myers (Vancouver)

Guest company teachers for 2014/15 Season included: Alex Ossadnik (Ballet  Master for Ballet Idaho), Charla Genn (Juilliard NY), Beverley Bagg (Pact Ballet Principal, Ballet Mistress for Alberta Ballet), Megan Walker-Straight (Principal Cunningham Company; SFU Staff), Stephanie Saland (NYCB Principal), June Cloete (Zimbabwe)

Guest company teachers for the 2013/14 Season included: Xing Bang Fu, Amber Funk Barton, Suzanne Ouellette,  Nicole Caron,  Beverley Bagg, Alyssa Stevens, Stephanie Saland

 Guest company teachers for the  2012-13 Season included: Amber Barton Funk, Suzanne Ouellette,  Justine Chambers, Megan Walker Straight and Beverley Bagg.

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