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Astrid Sherman, FISTD:

Artistic Director; CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre & Pro Arté Centre Professional Training School North Vancouver Canada.

An acknowledged leader in the field of dance education and performing arts, Ms. Sherman graduated from the Pretoria Technikon School for the Performing Arts in South Africa before dancing professionally with the NAPAC Ballet Company in Durban. Working with many of the innovators of South African modern and neoclassical dance, she performed in all the trad itional ballet repertoire classics as well as original and choreography efforts that broke new creative ground. Her own passion to dance and the desire to invest in and empower others prompted her to pursue advanced studies and she was awarded the highly r egarded and internationally recognized advanced level teaching qualification of “Fellowship” from the Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance ( ISTD) after immigrating to Canada in 1997. In 2003, she co - opened the Pro Arté Centre in North Vancouver which ha s evolved into a major dance centre with six dance studios, on - site academics from Grades 5 - 12, on - site physiotherapy, massage therapy and nutritional services and a Pilates rehab gym. Pro Arté Centre is best known for this commitment to providing a holis tic inspired training to young dancers intending to pursue a career in dance. Recognizing the need to fully equip the new generation of performing artists, she introduced CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre in 2012 to prepare emerging arts leaders for a future in dance that acknowledges that the successful dancer must be prepared by a diversity of technical training opportunities and experiences. Ms. Sherman’s past students and Pro Arté / CatchingART graduates have been accepted into numerous companie s and prestigious post - graduate programs within Canada, the United States and Europe including to name a few: Juilliard, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Ballet BC, Alberta Ballet, Philadanco, Ballet Theatre UK, Ballet Jorgen, Twyla Tharpe Dance, Joffrey Ballet, the Rudra Bejart School in Switzerland & the Hungarian National Ballet. Students participating in Pro Arté programs have been awarded BC Provincial titles and have also been recognized for outstanding performance and technical ability as finalists in internationally accla imed competitions such as YAGP, the Genée International and Tanzolymp. Ms. Sherman also has a keen interested in dance science and holistic dance training for healthier and stronger dancers. She has presented research at the International Associatio n for Da nce Medicine & Science (IADMS) C onferences in 2010, 2012, 2015 & 2017 , and had a paper published in the Dance Medicine and Science Journal in 2014. She was also a presenter at the Johannesburg Dance Medicine conference in 2008 and at Healthy Dancer Canada in 2012 & 2015. Ms. Sherman is currently serving on the Education Committee for IADMS and has organized reg ional IADMS Meetings in 2015 and 2016 in Vancouver and is currently planning one in Johannesburg and Cape Town for July 2018.