Dance Nova Scotia Staff
Executive Director: Kenney Fitzpatrick
Avid music lover, comicbook geek, sci-fi devourer, wine and craft beer "enthusiast", husband and crazy cat dad. Kenney is also an educator and dedicated practitioner of community service, youth advocacy and lifelong learning.
Having previously spent 25+ years working with students in the post secondary education service sector, Kenney used his time during the Covid pandemic to combine his love of music and the arts with his work in education and advocacy to create new projects of support for LGBTQ creatives around the world. Working with the distinct needs and challenges of the LGBTQ community at the forefront, he made it his mission to support queer artists by advocating for stronger, more accurate representation within industry as well as creating media outlets (Digital/Print/Radio/Video/Podcast) to provide a platform for them to be heard and seen through his online platform The Q LGBTQ Creative Network.
As a management professional, practitioner of lifelong learning, advocate, educator and long-time community builder, Kenney has taken aim to create spaces where artists can be welcomed, share their stories and reach larger audiences. Alongside this mission is the undertaking of educating queer youth and community on the incredibly rich and diverse talent that exists within the global LGBTQ+ landscape.
Now Kenney has brought his artistic appreciation to Dance Nova Scotia. A devoted fan, dance has been another long standing area of artistic love in his life. For Kenney, dance has always been a source of action and exercise. But it is the connection to positive mental health and self care where dance has truly been a connection in his life. Embracing one of his life’s mottos, “When in doubt, dance it out”, Kenney has turned to dance in his life to find his way through challenges and combat times of stress. Seeing the limitless potential of the Nova Scotia dance community, Kenney looks to introduce the diverse cultural and artistic expanse of Nova Scotia dance to new audiences and build an even brighter community of dance.
When not working on various projects, interviewing artists, hosting his OUT LOUD Podcast and Radio show, he tries to relax. If the weather's nice you may possibly find him with a beverage on a patio, a beach or a golf course. He's not a great golfer, but he drives a mean cart!
Administrative Officer: Lynn "Baker" Graham
Lynn, better known as "Baker", comes to Dance NS with an extensive background as a senior print production management specialist.
Baker’s 25+ years of advertising agency experience kept her in the forefront of the ever-changing marketing and graphic arts fields.
She is a seasoned communicator and is looking forward to connecting with Nova Scotia’s dance community.
National Dance Week / International Dance Day / Dare to Dance: Julie Robert
Dance for Health: Elizabeth MacDonald
Break Space: Nick Nguyen
Studio Manager: Richard Zimich
Studio Staff: Nick Nguyen