Season 5 Dancers
Mikaela Kos is 17 years old and in her second year of training at Pro Arte Centre in North Vancouver. Having made the move from Nanaimo, Mikaela is grateful for all her early years of study including her time at Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts and Canada’s National Ballet School, both of which provided her with opportunities to foster her artistry and technique. Last year Mikaela completed her RAD Advanced 2 ballet exam as well as her ISTD Intermediate and Advanced 1 ballet and modern exams. She will complete her examination studies by taking her ISTD Advanced 2 ballet and modern exams this coming spring. Competitively, Mikaela has had opportunities to travel across North America and Europe. This past September she was selected to compete at the Genee International Ballet Competition in Lisbon, Portugal and was awarded one of eight Darcy Bussell bursaries to attend. She has been a Top 12 Junior and Senior Classical competitor at YAGP and is looking forward to preparing for YAGP San Francisco in March. Mikaela’s love of ballet has led to acceptances and attendances to summer and year-long programs at Canada’s National Ballet School, Arts Umbrella and San Francisco Ballet School. In her graduating year, Mikaela is applying and auditioning for professional trainee programs across the globe and can’t wait to see what the future holds. Mikaela loved every opportunity to train and perform as an apprentice with CatchingART in 2016-2017 as is looking forward to all of the opportunities to train and perform alongside inspirational dancers as a full member of CatchingART this season.
Cassia Slager has been training at Pro Arte Centre for 10 years, including three years as a CatchingART member. She has completed all of her ISTD & RAD ballet and modern examinations up to Advanced 2 with distinction. This year she is working towards the ISTD Associate Ballet Teacher Qualification. Cassia was a BC Provincial Representative for Ballet in 2012, 2014 and 2015, and Alternate in 2016. She also placed top 12 at YAGP in Seattle in 2013 and was invited to attend the summer school at National Ballet in 2011 and the San Francisco Ballet in 2017. Last year, Cassia also received a scholarship at the VBS Spring Seminar. Outside of dance Cassia has many hobbies including paddle boarding, rapping, traveling, baking, shopping and has an interest for interior design and fashion. Although sad this is her last year with Pro Arte, she is looking forward to attending the National Ballet Post Secondary Program this summer and aspires to join a professional ballet company in the future. After her dance career, Cassia hopes to study to become a dermatologist.
Connor is currently in the 12th grade as a high school student. He has the privilege to be training and performing as a CatchingART member and is very excited for what lies ahead in his career as a dancer. Connor started dance at the age of 6 and took an interest in Hip Hop right away, but since then he has branched out and has explored many new styles of dance especially in classical and contemporary. Having obtained both his RAD and ISTD Advanced 1 Ballet examinations with distinction, Connor is currently focusing hard on achieving his Advanced 2 ISTD modern qualification. After dance training, Connor will often work out to build his strength and stamina for dance. Connor hopes to travel the world with his dance career and to attend a post secondary institution for dance next year.
Sophie Higgins is currently a grade 11/12 student at Pro Merita Academy. She came to Pro Arte Centre at age six and joined the Pre-Professional Training Program at seven years old. She has since completed her RAD Advanced 2, all AFSA acrobatic exams and is currently working towards her ISTD Advanced 2 Ballet and Advanced 2 Modern exams.
Sophie has been selected three times as a BC Provincial Rep for Ballet, finishing “Top 3” and receiving honourable mentions. Internationally Sophie has competed at the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) twice in Seattle (both times finishing in the top 12 classical and contemporary categories) and once in San Diego finishing in the top 24. She has performed multiple times with both the Alberta Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet in their Nutcracker Productions here in Vancouver. Sophie has had the opportunity to learn from many other amazing teachers at both her summer intensives and the Vancouver Ballet Society Spring Seminars of which she has been the recipient of many VBS Scholarships. Her summer intensive programs have taken her mostly to Europe, attending twice the Royal Ballet School in London, UK as well as the English National Ballet School in London,UK, Princess Grace Academy in Monaco, Palucca Schule in Dresden, Germany and Ecole Superieure De Ballet Du Québec in Montreal.
Sophie is excited and honoured to be dancing with the other immensely talented dancers of the CatchingART and appreciates and is immensely grateful for Pro Arte Centre and CatchingArt for providing her with such a wonderful platform for what she hopes will be a successful career in dance before she tackles a career in law. Sophie is fortunate to work with so many inspiring, knowledgeable and caring teachers at Pro Arte Centre who have always encouraged her to strive for her best and to dream big.
Grade 11 student, Margot Lorette is beginning her fourth year at Pro Arte Centre. She began dancing at the age of three in Squamish and has since completed numerous graded and vocational ballet and modern examinations. She was recently awarded Distinction for her ISTD Advanced 1 Modern and Advanced 1 Ballet examinations, as well as for her RAD Advanced 1 examination. Margot spent a summer at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and has been invited to programs at École supérieure, Alvin Ailey, Joffrey, and the School of Alberta Ballet. Over the years she has participated in numbers competitions, presenting both solo and group pieces. She has twice been awarded top honours at RAD Dance Challenge Vancouver as well as scholarships from the Vancouver Ballet Society. Margot was a Top Three Finalist at the BC Performing Arts Provincial Festival 2016. Under the instruction of the superb coaches at Pro Arte Centre, Margot is diligently working on the RAD Advanced 2 syllabus, and plans to participate in the Royal Academy of Dance Genée International Ballet competition in 2018. Her long term plan includes traveling to Europe to pursue a career in professional dance. In addition to dance, Margot loves to explore the art of photography and continues to hone her skills in that area. She is delighted to be a member of CatchingART in it’s sixth season and grateful to further develop her dance through the distinguished coaching and performance opportunities offered.
Emma has always loved to move. She started dance at an early age with the creative dance program through North Vancouver parks and recreation. She joined the Pro Arte community at age 6 when she began taking modern classes. Two years later she joined the Pre-Professional Program and has continued at Pro Arte since then, branching out to explore more contemporary and ballet. Emma has completed her Advanced 1 ISTD and RAD Ballet exams and her Advanced 1 Modern exam. She is currently working on her Advanced 2 level in all 3 syllabi. Last year she was the runner-up for the Provincial Intermediate Modern selection in Victoria, Chilliwack & Pacwest. Emma is excited to be part of CatchingART this year and looks forward to the many opportunities that she will have to work with a variety of artists and choreographers.
Laika Wintemute is an aspiring ballet dancer from Prince George BC and is very excited to be dancing with CatchingART as understudy for 2017-18. She is currently working towards her Advanced 2 level in both RAD and ISTD Ballet and ISTD Modern. Laika has performed in several productions of the Nutcracker as well as in the Christmas Carol. She has also competed all over BC and attended the Provincial Performing Arts Festival as a selected Representative twice. Laika’s most recent accomplishment was attending the Royal Danish Ballet’s summer intensive. In her spare time she enjoys reading and drinking a nice warm cup of tea.