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

Company 2015-16

2015 09 12 CatchingArt_PAM-768Introducing the dynamic  CatchingART Aspirant Company for 2015-16: Lauren Middlemass, Ethan Ponton, Savannah  Stuible & Cassia Slager (top); Iris Stewart-Bosch, Anja Fanslau, Sophie Derome & Maia Jadue (below).
Their Platform Performance series is November 14th & 15th at the Kay Meek featuring guest choreography by Clare Guss-West (Zurich), Candice Michelle Franklin (New York), Racheal Poirier (Vancouver), Stephana Arnold (Choreographer-in-residence) and Astrid Sherman (Artistic Director).
Photography by Pam & Larissa McFarlane

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CatchingART Auditions 2015

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CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre 2015-16

The CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre “company experience” provides priceless professional learning opportunities and the development of resume performances, confidence and proficiency though unique performance opportunities, company classes with professional guest teachers and exposure to working with various choreographers.

Eight promising young artists, who are committed to a career in dance, are selected to be part of the company each year. These company artists receive a partial training scholarship (Funded by the Platform Society) to complete their advanced training level. Artists must be between the ages 16 – 19 years and have an Advanced 2 level RAD or ISTD or equivalent level technical capability. Dual proficiency in both classical and contemporary is required.

WHEN: Saturday June 13th 2015

10.00am – 12.30pm

 WHERE: Pro Arte Centre

3-1125 East Keith Rd North Vancouver

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 variation should also be prepared.

Please note: 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

Emailed Video auditions are also accepted – deadline July 15th 2015

Emailed application package 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

For further information: