CatchingART 2017-18 dancers and upcoming performances

CATCH the 2017-18 CatchingART dancers at two performances this November.

Saturday 11th November 7.30pm REMEMBRANCE @ the Centennial Theatre performing with the Lions Gate Sinfonia under Maestro Clyde Mitchell.

Tuesday 28th November 7.30pm Platform Performance Series Vancouver (@ the Scotiabank Dance Centre) with new works by Astrid Sherman, Stephana Arnold, Desiree Dunbar, Candice Michelle Franklin, Jill Henis & Beverley Bagg.

Dancers: Mikaela Kos, Connor MCleary, Emma Martino, Sophie Higgins, Margot Lorette, Cassia Slager & Laika Wintemute

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CatchingART 2017-18 company auditions Fri May 26th

For students ages 16 – 19 who have an advanced technical ability and who aspire to a professional career in Ballet or Contemporary Ballet or Contemporary Modern. 

The CatchingART aspirant company program includes:
  • An intensive and comprehensive Professional Training with top teachers in Vancouver
  • An extensive performing calendar (up to 40 performances per year) with guest choreographers, The Lions Gate Sinfonia, Pandoras Vox and Espiritu Choirs, The Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Yarilo Music, Outreach Charity performances and a Schools Program
  • Vocational & Associate Teacher Examinations in RAD Ballet and ISTD Ballet & Modern
  • Opportunity for private coaching for International Competitions
  • Audition prep and guidance
  • BC Ministry approved dance course credits for Grades 11 – 12
*Program runs Mon – Fri 1.30 – 6.30pm and Saturday 10am – 2pm + performances

When: Friday 26th May 2017 4.00 – 6.00pm

The audition will be based on a classical ballet class (including pointework for girls). A contemporary sequence and contact improv session will follow. A solo classical variation should also be prepared.

Please note: Applicants must submit a resume, headshot and letter of intent to  prior to the audition date.

Now in its 5th year, past company graduates went on to dance with Ballet Theatre UK, Ballet Jorgen, the Joffrey Ballet, Twyla Tharpe, Alberta Ballet, Rudra Bejart, Rambert, Ballet Victoria, Ballet BC, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal


and the understudies for 2016-17 CatchingART

understudies-2Catch CatchingART and their up & coming understudies (Adriana, Nya-Manet, Mikaela, Michaela, Ashley & Connor) Saturday November 19th: Kay Meek Centre West Vancouver 7.30pm & Wednesday 23rd November: Round House Theatre Vancouver 7.30pm. Featuring choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin (New York), Andrea Pena (Montreal), Andrea Downie (Toronto), Astrid Sherman (Artistic Director), Stephana Arnold (Resident Choreographer) and the staging of the Pas de Quatre from “The Little HumpBacked Horse” by Yana Draguieva.

Introducing the 2016-17 CatchingART dancers

Watch out for these exuberant, talented and dynamic young dancers – they hit the stage November 19th 7.30pm at the Kay Meek, West Vancouver and Wednesday November 23rd 7.30pm at the Roundhouse, downtown Vancouver: Lauren Middlemass, Cassia Slager, Emma Dewar, Anja Fanslau, Katrina McKinnon, Iris Stuart Bosch, Katja Juthans & Sasha

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.

Auditions for 2014-15 season

Saturday  June 28th NEW TIME: 11.00am – 1.00pm

Address: Pro Arte Centre 3-1125 East Keith Rd North Vancouver

Applicants must submit  a Resume, Headshot and Letter of Intent to  prior to the audition date.

Prerequisites: Ages 16 – 19; Advanced 2 RAD/ISTD or equivalent training. Dual experience and proficiency in Classical and Contemporary

The audition:

  • A short classical ballet class with pointe-work, followed with a contemporary sequence.
  • CatchingART applicants are also asked to present  a short solo.  (2 minute max; either Classical or Contemporary).

Emailed Video auditions are also accepted

Deadline July 15th 2014

Emailed audition package to  must include:

  • Headshot
  • Photograph in 1st arabesque en-pointe
  • 2nd Photograph of own choice
  • Youtube or vimeo link of Classical Pointe solo/Variation
  • Youtube or vimeo link of Contemporary/Modern solo
  • Resume
  • Letter of Intent

Update from Asia Sinnes, CatchingART dancer 2013-14

Asia Sinnes photographed by Pam & Scott McFarlane, September 2013

My name is Asia Sinnes; it’s my first year being a part of CatchingART and I am loving it! We made it to our performance on Friday night in one piece and the show went fantastic!  We were running a little late so we had to get ready in the car! Of course our costume included a feather headdress………… so needless to say we got a few funny looks while walking along the streets of Vancouver in headdresses that night. I can’t believe how fast this year is going by and our November show is coming up faster and faster each day. My friend and fellow CatchingART member, Danielle, and I are also training for our advanced 2 RAD exam which is hopefully going to be sooner rather than later. Then we can officially say we are done with RAD! While balancing rehearsals and training our days have been quite long and tiring but I think were handling it like pros! We’ve learnt to do homework at the dinner table and sew our pointe shoes in the car. We just finished our last rehearsal for three days! Us and our feet will definitely appreciate this  Thanksgiving break.  CatchingART has been awesome so far and it’s only the beginning, I think I can speak for everyone by saying that we are all excited for our year ahead of us 🙂