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Taking Steps to Fly 2019 Showcase


McInnis Room, Dalhousie SUB, University Avenue, Halifax, NS


Sunday, March 31 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Taking Steps to Fly is a showcase for young choreographers, organized and presented by Dance Nova Scotia and Kinetic Studio. Dance students from across the province are encouraged to create a work in any dance form. The work can be choreographed by one person or by a collective (2 or more). The work can be created as a solo or group performance. 

The showcase will round our a day of activity for these choreographers and dancers. They will begin by working with technicians to set lighting and sound for their piece and then have a chance to run it with those elements. In the afternoon, the pieces will be performed for local adjudicators. The adjudicators will be looking at many elements of the pieces and the level of the work. This year there are 10 pieces in the Individual Category created by eight choreographers and 6 pieces in the Collective Creation Category created by twenty-one choreographers who worked in groups of two or more. Pieces can be solo works or for groups in any number of combinations. 

The evening showcase will be the final performance of the pieces for the assembled audience. At the end of the performances, the winners in all categories will be announced. 

Along with the Taking Steps to Fly winners, we will once again be announcing the winner of Halifax Dance’s Pat Richards Award. In addition, and for the first time, Ross Creeks Centre for the Arts will be joining us to announce the two winners of the Joseph Lappin Choreographic Scholarship. This scholarship will be presented to two individuals who have presented work at Dance Nova Scotia’s Taking Steps to Fly and/or sent in a complete application form prior to the 2019 deadline.

The cost of the showcase is: Adults $15, Students and seniors: $5

There is no presale, all tickets will be sold at the door. 

Doors open at 6:45 to general seating and the show will begin at 7 PM.

Performance in The McInnes room on the 2nd floor of the Dalhousie Student Union Building (SUB). 

Dance NS and Kinetic Studio would like to thank the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Heritage, Arts NS and the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (Province of Nova Scotia)


This year's choreographers: 

Sydnee Allen

Julia Barkhouse

Faith Billard

Emilee Boudreau

Minuet Charron

Paige Cox

Sophie Cummings

Clara Daley

Hillary Davis

Ella Deveau

Chloe Dockendorff

Clara Euale

Hannah Faith

Ellery Jackson

Fiona Laing

Olivia MacLean

Mabel MacNeil

Amelia McGrath

Keegan McIntosh

Jillian McKenzie

Katelyn Mood

Josie Murphy

Mollie Oates-Johnson

Kirsten O’Neil

Gabby Pelley-Gallant 

Maeghan Taverner

Grace Thornton

Ayanna Turner-Bru

Photo of last year's overall winner Emily Marsh by Kevin MacCormack