The WoodsMember Organization
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 ip 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, Canada Games 2011 and as part of Live Art Dance series.