Mocean Dance is an award-winning contemporary dance company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Led by Co-Artistic Directors Susanne Chui and Sara Coffin, Mocean commissions Canadian and international choreographers to create dance that is highly physical, collaborative, and technically and emotionally rich. Founded in 2001 by Carolle Crooks Fernando, Sarah Rozee, Sara Harrigan, Alicia Orr MacDonald, and Lisa Phinney Langley, Mocean Dance is nationally recognized as a leading company from the Atlantic region. A resident company of Halifax Dance since 2002, Mocean is committed to its home base in Nova Scotia, contributing to the province’s dance and arts community by providing opportunities for creation, performance, collaboration, development and education.
KINETIC STUDIO is a Halifax-based non-profit organization dedicated to the development and presentation of contemporary dance choreography and performance in Nova Scotia. Kinetic Studio supports professional dance by offering classes, workshops and a season of contemporary dance performances for finished and unfinished works. Our annual performance series, the Open Studio Series, features local and Canadian dance artists.
Transitus is a multi-disciplinary performing arts company that partners with non-arts based organizations to help promote and advocate for the role of art as a tool for communication.
Current partnerships include: The Dalhousie School of Nursing: The PEACE Project focused on initiating a public conversation about palliative care; The Association of Nova Scotia Museums with Touchstones: Curating Nova Scotia's History by Grade 11 High School students. Workshops and seminars have been presented at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh; Council for Ontario Dance and Drama Educators; Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and The TISCH School for the Arts - experimental theatre wing.
phin: an exquisite riot.
Dance uplifts, entertains, inspires, grows community spirit, and fosters creativity in all aspects of life. Founded in 2010, Phin Performing Arts is a contemporary dance performance company dedicated to creating moving dance and multi-disciplinary works for the stage. Supporting the creative work of Artistic Director and choreographer Lisa Phinney Langley and her collaborators, and embracing both the choreographer-led creative process and cross-disciplinary experimentation, Phin’s artists embrace an attitude of organic evolution of structure and artistic practice. Excited about exquisite simplicity, a connectedness that shatters the boundaries of nature/culture, art/science, idea/performance, and riotous expressions of creativity that leave us all utterly sated, Phin creates rich, decadent dance and multi-disciplinary works for the stage and alternative venues.EndFragment
The Woods is Atlantic Canada’s first professional hip-hop dance company, (June 2010, in residence, Halifax Dance) under the direction of Alexis Cormier. Alexis believes in the progression of urban dance and has spearheaded the Atlantic Canadian movement to bring quality education to local dancers, under the mentorship of Lenny de la Pena (Flavor Shop, Toronto, and Closing Ceremonies Choreographer, Winter Olympics 2010).
The Woods aesthetic consists of grounded urban movement with the polish expected from a traditional dance company. The company consists of 17 local dancers, ages 15 to 25, training and rehearsing weekly in downtown Halifax. Their debut performance was in Grand Parade, Halifax, as part of the hip-hop festival, HopscotcH (September 4th to 11th, 2010), in partnership with HRM and local b-boy company, Concrete Roots. The Woods was the sole hip hop dance group to perform at HopscotcH, was featured in the festival commercial airing on CTV, and provided performances in the national b-boy competition, 3 Coast Roast, and opening act for the Classified concert, sponsored by HRM. Since then The Woods have been featured in HopscotcH 2011, Nocturne, music videos, and Canada Games 2011.
Newfoundland-born Gwen Noah began her dance training in St. John’s. At the age of 17 she moved to London, England for further training. For three years, Gwen was a member of the Julie West Dance Foundation (Ottawa), touring through Canada, the United States and Africa. In 1990 Noah moved to Halifax, founded her own company, Gwen Noah Dance, and began deep exploration into solo dance form. For Noah, a courageous artist, the art of creation is a sacred journey; her destiny is to share her personal discovery on the stage, as a kind of public prayer. Artistic collaborations throughout her career have deepened and extended her creative voice as a solo artist. Today, with more than 40 choreographies and 15 seasons of Gwen Noah Dance to her credit, Noah is a force in the Nova Scotia and Canadian dance community.