Board of Directors
Dance Nova Scotia is governed by a Board of Directors made up of community members with a deep commitment to promoting dance in Nova Scotia.
President: Sara Adams
" Sara is a high school teacher in Bedford, NS where she runs a dance team and teaches French immersion sciences and Dance 11. She also still competes and performs with Strut Dance Collective based out of Dartmouth, NS. In her 30+ years of dancing, she has studied and/or taught ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, highland, African, belly-dance, salsa, and social dance.
Sara enjoys advocating dance for all ages and abilities, particularly in schools. She served for 2 years on the Dance Education Advisory Committee for Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE) and is currently serving as President of the Board of Directors for Dance Nova Scotia (DANS). She resides in Dartmouth, NS with her husband and two children."
Vice President: Glen Leduc
Glen is a retired military officer. He joined DANS in 2013 as the representative for Scottish Country Dancing. He was a member of the Governance Review Committee, has been on the Membership Committee for three years and Vice Chairman of DANS for 2 years. He is an advocate for youth dancing.
Secretary: Leila Kovacevic
Treasurer: Martina Sommer
Martina, a native of Germany, who holds a master degree in science, discovered dance in her forties here in Halifax. She is a curious soul and has explored many forms of movement and dance, but found her passion and new destination in life in Argentine Tango. Together with her husband they teach classes and host social events in the South End of Halifax and sometimes beyond. Inspired by striking research results, they created Tea & Tango - a program for people living with neurological conditions - which is now in its fifth year. As a charter member of Dance for Parkinson's Network of Canada, treasurer with Dance NS and member of the Dance for Health Committee, Martina's focus is on the accessibility of dance for all adults.
Karen Bradley is a Certified Movement Analyst in Laban Movement Analysis, a trained dance-movement therapist and Emeritus Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Maryland, where she was also Director of Graduate Studies in Dance. She is the author of Rudolf Laban, a volume in the Routledge series on 20th-century performance practitioners, and numerous articles on dance, arts education, and neuroscience. Bradley is the President of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and teaches globally.
Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson
Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson is originally from Nova Scotia. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from The North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. Jackson’s professional dance career began in New York where she danced for The Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, New York City Opera, the Parsons Dance Company and in Nova Scotia dancing with Veronique Mackenzie, Henry Jackson, Lisa Phinney and Mocean Dance. Ruth-Ellen works as an independent choreographer whose work can been seen on Ballet Jorgen, Kinetic Studio’s Mainstage, KiDanCo, Coastal Dance Theatre, and The Young Company. She currently works at Northwood and is a member of the Dance Nova Scotia and Kinetic Studio Board of Directors.
Ashley has intensely studied and taught ballet, jazz, modern, musical theatre and hip-hop. Ashley also holds a B.Ed and M.Ed and currently teaches Dance 11 in the public school system. Ashley is passionate about making dance accessible to all, with an emphasis on promoting dance education for youth.
Maeghan began dancing at the age of 4 and has trained in styles like ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, musical theatre, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, salsa, and highland. She has been a provincial representative in Scottish highland dancing for Team Nova Scotia in the ScotDance Canada Championship Series (2012, 2013, and 2017). She is a council member and choreographer for DalDance Society and was previously involved in the executive committee for Dalhousie’s Black and Gold competitive Dance Team. She also choreographs and is the assistant coach of the Charles P Allen Dance Team. She has completed up to her Advanced 1 Ballet exams in RAD. Maeghan is also in the midst of her Bachelor’s Degree at Dalhousie University doing an Honours in Acting at Fountain School of Performing Arts.
Holly has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Dalhousie University and has studied various instruments, dance styles and voice. In the music business, she was the International Delegates Coordinator for Nova Scotia Music Week 2016 and interned at Indie Pool in Toronto. By day she’s an administrative assistant who kicks up her Argentine tango heels at night.
Become a Dance Nova Scotia Board Member
Candidates for directorship are presented to the Annual General Meeting (in June) by the nominating committee. Candidates may also be nominated from the floor. The nominating committee is responsible for ensuring that the Board represents a cross-section of dance disciplines and interests and is geographically representative. Once elected, board members sit as independent director members and not as direct representatives of their dance organization. They do, however, bring information about the viewpoint and concerns of the dance discipline and the region from which they come, and in this respect, it is valuable to have a member of your dance discipline on the DANS board .
With the ever-expanding purpose of DANS, the organization is searching beyond the borders of the dance community to include individuals who can bring new areas of expertise to support the activity of the board.
Applications may be made to the nominating committee at any time. Elections are held annually at the DANS annual general meeting in June. To obtain an application please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org