Thoughts from Alejandra Brossoit (CatchingART dancer 2014-15)


“There’s just something special about having dancers and musicians collaborate together”!!

The CatchingART dancers rehearsing with the Lions Gate Sinfonia conductor, Clyde Mitchell, for Michael Conway Baker’s “Through The Lions Gate”. They are honoured to have Michael as their composer-in-residence!

The company performs this November 15th and 16th, 2014 at the Kay Meek to a recorded version and then again on April 11th, 2015 with the Lions Gate Sinfonia LIVE at the Centennial Theatre!


September Rehearsals by Sophia Curalli (CatchingART dancer 2014-15)


The company is working hard in rehearsals! Blood, sweat, tears and love! Rehearsals with SFU’s Megan Walker-Straight and collaborations with storyteller Cecil Hersher and musicians  Maneo Mohale & Gabriele White.We can’t wait to perform for everyone and showcase all of our hard work!

Introducing the 2014-15 CatchingART dancers


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The 2014-15 season welcomes Danielle Lee Hogervorst (returning member);  Carolyn Black (new member from Ontario); Asia Sinnes (returning  member); Ethan Ponton (new member from Pro Arte); Geneva Frampton (new member from Pro Arte); Maia Jadue (2013-14 understudy); Alejandra Brossoit (returning member) and Sophia Curalli (returning  member).

We wish graduating dancers much success: Jodie Herron (Coastal City Ballet); Caitlin McKinnon (SFU BA Dance Program), Chloe Campbell (Arts Umbrella Graduate Program)

We congratulate 2012-13 members: Emma Miller moving to a paid apprenticeship with Ballet Jorgen from the Alberta Ballet Graduate Program; Micheala Gobas who heads to the Elmhurst Graduate Program (Birmingham Ballet) and Amanda Gillies who returns to Pro Arte as a young teacher being mentored by Melanie Dance & Astrid Sherman.

CatchingART November 2014; 3rd Season Choreographers


The CatchingART dancers will be presenting new works this November by:

Charla Genn  

Charla is currently teaching at the Juilliard School, Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance, the Metropolitan Opera, Ballet Hispanico, and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Previously, she was the artistic director of Ballet Manhattan and the rehearsal director of the American Repertory Ballet. As a choreographer, Charla created several modern ballets for Ballet Manhattan and American Repertory Ballet; staged works for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, American Repertory Ballet, Washington Ballet and Goucher College.  She also created roles for Alvin Ailey, Robert Cohan, Daniel Ezralow, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Margot Sappington and Robert North.

Alex Ossadnik

Alex trained at the the Palucca School in Dresden before a performing career with the National Theatre in Weimar, Ballet Theatre de Bordeaux, Nevada Dance Theatre and Oregon Ballet Theatre as well as  guest artist with a myriad of civic ballet companies in Alabama, California, New Mexico and Texas. Alex is currently working with  Ballet Idaho under the artistic direction of Peter Anastos where he serves as ballet master and choreographer for the company. He has worked over the past 10 years as artistic director/choreographer/ballet master with artists from the Alberta Ballet (Canada), Boston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Compania Naional de Danza (Mexico) and Joven Ballet de Jalisco (Mexico). He is also Artistic Director for Ballet Pro Musica.

Megan Walker-Straight

Megan performed and taught extensively both nationally and internationally.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Film from the University of California at Berkeley and later graduate training at New York University in Dance Therapy.  In New York City she was a principal dancer in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as well as in the companies of Lucinda Childs, Douglas Dunn, and Kenneth King.  She has been teaching and choreographing contemporary dance at Simon Fraser University in the School of Contemporary Arts since 2000 as well as in local studios and schools.

Stephana Arnold

Choreographer-in-residence, 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.  There are plans to see her choreographing for both Ballet Victoria & Coastal City Ballet in this next year’s season.

Astrid Sherman

Artistic Director, Ms. Sherman graduated from the Pretoria Technikon School for the Performing Arts in South Africa. From there, she went on to dance professionally with the NAPAC Ballet Company in Durban, where she had the opportunity to work with many of the innovators of South African modern and neo-classical dance, as well as perform in all the traditional ballet classics. In South Africa as a student, Astrid’s choreographic work was selected for the ”Dance Umbrella” Choreographic Festival, and she was asked to choreograph for the professional production  of “Gracie & Vera”  in Johannesburg. Since immigrating to Canada in 1997, she has been able to fulfill her commitment of using dance to affect change through choreography and collaboration with Cecil Hershler of Education without Borders for the “Global Arts Festival”, “World Kindness Festivals” and ”Woza” performances as well as working closely with Canadian composer Michael Conway Baker for various commemorative pieces. In 2010 she was commissioned by The Cottage Farm Society to create and choreograph a full length work depicting the agony of mental illness in the work: “From Shadow to Light” at the Chan Theatre in Vancouver. In addition to developing dance performances for current issues within our communities, Ms. Sherman has choreographed for numerous “Canada Day” celebration presentations, the opening of the North Vancouver Pier, and a host of community events.

Its a wrap……….by Julia Findlay – CatchingART 2013-14

CatchingARTWell that’s a rap!! Today is the last show and we are all very excited but sad to see it is over so soon. Watching the show last night you could really see that all the girls have improved and grown so much! Every girl offers a different and unique style to the company. Today was a very successful show and after our nerves were over we were able to just enjoy being on stage and dancing our hearts out!  Everyone has put in so much hard work to make the show what it is and to be able to see it come together was amazing! I am so glad that I got this opportunity to be a part of CatchingArt! Today was a great end to the CatchingART show of 2013! Although the show is over the memories and experiences and friendships that we will take away from this opportunity will last a lifetime. Thank you for coming to support us and we hope to see you next year!

The show coming together – 2 days and counting by Jodie Herron

20130908_Catching Art, Park &Tilford Gardens SCO_2056Two days and counting!

It’s been a very exciting and exhausting two months of rehearsals and practices. And it has all come down to the last couple days until the premiere of the second Catching Art show! It’s been such a great experience working with all and the new choreographers and everyone should be expecting a great diversity among all the dances. A show that is very different from the last that includes classical to contemporary, and comedic to grim choreography.

I’ve been enjoying my “new” team mates in the company, and I’ve been enjoying the encouragement and support everyone gives. This is mine and Chloe’s second year in the company and we can both see how it’s been developing and becoming even more sophisticated than what it was from last year.

Tomorrow we have another dress which will be the second one we’ve had. All eight of us in the company are just tuckered out after jumping around from costume to costume. This is just extra assurance for us ; so that on the day we can just enjoy and relax and perform to the audience without any worries. Performing on stage has always been my favorite part of dancing and having a lively audience makes it that much better.

The dancers, teachers, and costume makers have been working extensively to make this show the best it can be and hopefully as many people as possible can make it out to Kay Meek this weekend for either one of the shows. Hope to see everyone there, wish us good luck on the next crazy few days!