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Kenney’s Corner: October 18, 2022

Time definitely flies!

To mark my 3-month anniversary as the new Executive Director here at Dance Nova Scotia, I thought it was a great time to give an update on some of the exciting things we’ve been working on.

Having a background in education and advocacy, I’m energized by all the possibilities that we can bring to the various dance communities in Nova Scotia. There is an abundance of cultural, technical, and traditional dance in Nova Scotia, and I am excited to highlight our rich landscape of dance.

One of the areas of progress that has had strong development over the past few months comes from our “Dance for Health” program and its first offering “Dance for Health: Parkinson’s”. Led by program coordinator Elizabeth MacDonald and board of directors member Karen Bradley, “Dance for Health: Parkinson’s” is a specialized pilot program that focuses on issues specific to older adults, most prominently Parkinson’s.

Generously funded by the government of Nova Scotia, the program consists of classes, held in various regions of the province, in which participants are introduced to gentle creative movement. Trained facilitators use music, movement, and education in a safe social setting to engage participants on how they can use light motion to help improve their quality of life, and that of their caregivers, while living with Parkinson's.

The program has begun to roll out with classes now beginning to open up. To keep up to date on all of the latest “Dance for Health: Parkinson’s” news and announcements, we encourage you to follow our community on our Dance for Health group on Facebook.

While being the first of our “Dance for Health” programs, we will continue to look at where the diversity of dance and health intersect and how we can add to its education and support our different communities.

Alongside this fantastic new program, we are also going through an organizational rebrand. That’s right, very soon you will begin to see a new look to Dance Nova Scotia including a brand new website. Included with this will be an updated community calendar, the ability to sign-up for or renew your membership online, a new members section, and many other new features.

We are also almost finished finalizing the date to move into our new DANSpace! Our new community dance studio will be located in the brand new Lighthouse (Culture Link) in the former Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre. DANSpace will continue to offer low-cost and subsidized rental studio space for the dance and cultural community with much more availability. Stay tuned for the announcement of our official opening date.

So, as you can tell, there are many new developments happening here at Dance Nova Scotia. These are just some of the exciting pieces. As we continue to build the next great era of Dance Nova Scotia we will be keeping you updated and apprised and engaging you with dance happenings.

I hope you are as excited as I am about how bright the future of dance is in Nova Scotia.