Artistic Director: Astrid Sherman
Ms. Sherman, a Fellowship Teacher of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD), 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. She toured extensively to local schools with various educational productions introducing children to the world of dance.
In South Africa as a student, her 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, Ms. Sherman has choreographed for numerous “Canada Day” celebration presentations, the opening of the North Vancouver Pier, and a host of community events. Besides choreographing for and directing CatchingART, Ms. Sherman 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 with the Lions Gate Sinfonia and the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra. 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.
Ms. Sherman co-opened Pro Arté Centre in 2003. The Centre now offers 6 dance studios, an on-site academic program with School District 71 for grades 6 - 12, a pilates cross-training studio and on-site physiotherapy with a full Pilates rehab studio. Pro Arté Centre has become known for its commitment to providing holistic and inspired training to young dancers intending to pursue a career in dance. Their graduates have been accepted into dance programs and companies within Canada, the United States and Europe including to name a few; Juilliard, Alberta Ballet, Ballet Jorgen, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Ballet Theatre UK, Ballet BC, Rambert, Rudra Bejart and Twyla Tharpe Dance.
Ms. Sherman is an avid researcher for scientific advances in classical ballet training and is currently serving on the Education Committee for International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). She has presented at various dance conferences including 2008 in Johannesburg, the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS)conferences in Birmingham UK 2010, Singapore 2012, Pittsburgh 2015 and Houston 2017, as well as for Healthy Dancer Canada in 2012 and 2014.