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National Dance Week Events 2019

Kick off National Dance Week with Neptune Theatre School  - Monday April 22nd  -

A Drop in Jazz Class with Cynthia Vokey

(PAY WHAT YOU CAN, suggested donation $10)

All Levels Welcome. 

For more information click NEPTUNE NDW Classes

Neptune Theatre Studio (enter through the Studio Theatre entrance on Argyle Street)

The class will focus on the fundamental techniques of jazz. There will be an emphasis on proper placement through a series of jazz barre exercises which will then be applied to across the floor combinations. The class will then end with a centre floor combination allowing dancers to experience a less technical side to jazz dancing and give them the opportunity to explore their own movement abilities.

Proceeds from this Drop In Dance class will go towards the GoFundMe campaign supporting performer Julie Martell (Donna in Mamma Mia, Belle in Beauty & The Beast, Neptune.) Julie was recently diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer is undergoing chemotherapy. The drugs she needs to take are not covered by her health plan. We are honoured to join the hundreds of donors to this campaign and dance for Julie.

You can make your donation in advance at:

About  Cynthia Vokey             

Cynthia has over 20 years of dance experience both as a performer and teacher. Her training includes various forms of dance such as ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and musical theatre. As a student with the Cape Breton School of the Arts, Cynthia had the opportunity to study under the ADAPT Dance Syllabus (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers) and work closely with creator and founder Brian Foley. To date, Cynthia is one of two dancers east of Montreal to complete her advanced professional jazz examination under this syllabus.  At the age of 15, Cynthia was selected to join the Candance National Dance Team to perform in Spain, in her early 20’s trained at Toronto Dance Theatre and continues to take classes and intensives throughout the country and the US. In 2015 Cynthia completed her training in Toronto to become a certified jazz and tap dance instructor through ADAPT. She continues to teach dance in Cape Breton, choreographs many shows for The Savoy Theatre (Glace Bay, NS) and is the Resident Choreographer at the Highland Arts Theatre (Sydney, NS). Vokey is also a certified Barre Instructor and teaches for Breathing Space Yoga Studio. Cynthia most recently had the opportunity to work with Neptune Theatre’s Artistic Director Jeremy Webb on the Savoy Theatre’s production of Beauty and The Beast. Recent credits include, Disco Nights (Highland Arts Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Savoy Theatre); Dream (Highland Arts Theatre);The Nutcracker (The Savoy Theatre).

Cynthia also holds an Arts Degree and Business Degree from Cape Breton University and is currently enrolled in her Masters of Business Administration through Dalhousie University. Cynthia is also on the Board of Directors for Dance NS.


Tea and Tango Open House     

Wednesday, April 24

2:00 pm-3:30pm, FREE

Fort Massey United Church, Lower Hall

5303 Tobin Street, Halifax

For more info:  902-492-3903

Tea & Tango, a social dance program for ambulatory people living with neuro-motor challenges will open its doors and dance floor to anyone who is interested to explore the Argentine Tango walk. The program is tailored to seniors with and without dance experience - come with or without a partner, be open to dance with someone you have not met before and enjoy our tea break with treats, perhaps making new friends along the line of dance.



Tango to Balance                                                                                           

Thursday, April 25

1:00 pm-2:00 pm, FREE

Keshen Goodman Public Library

330 Lacewood Drive, Halifax

A Free drop-in class in partnership with Dance Nova Scotia and Halifax Public Libraries. Explore and practice the Argentine Tango Walk. Engaging in dancing while gaining better balance, gait, and posture makes for a funtastic way to fight off brain-aging as well as the risk of falling. No registration necessary. For details visit Halifax Public Libraries website.


Halifax Dance is celebrating National Dance Week

Join Halifax Dance on Thursday, April 25 from 6:30-7:30pm in the Paul O'Regan Hall at the Central Library . This event is appropriate for all ages and will feature performances by our Intensive Training Program, The Youth Dance Ensemble and The Young Company.

We will also showcase Sharing Dance Day choreography and hope our audience joins in on the fun! 


Live Art Dance presents:RUBBERBANDance       

Vic’s Mix

Friday April 26 & Saturday April 27, 8:00 pm

$30 Adults; $25 Seniors; $20 Students

Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre

6101 University Ave., Halifax

Live Art brings the elastic, thrilling, and always-alluring RUBBERBANDance back to Halifax. Vic’s Mix spans the immense creative territory of Victor Quijada, extracting a number of jewels from his repertoire. Through remixing his own work, Victor continues to explore his creations through a prism of influences. From hip-hop to contemporary dance, Vic’s Mix is a watershed moment – a look back at what has established the company’s choreographic identity through a modern lens.


Swing Dance Social     

Hosted by: Dalhousie Swing Dance Society

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm 

The Toothy Moose, 1661 Argyle St, Halifax

Cover is $5 for the night, or

volunteer and get in for FREE - see the Facebook event page for more details

Come to our regular weekly socials! DalKing's Swing Dance Society (DSDS) is a Dalhousie University and University of King's College student society dedicated to promoting and organizing swing dancing in Halifax, NS. We aim to foster swing dance in all of its forms including Lindy hop, blues, Charleston, balboa, and more. We gladly welcome community members and university students from all over Halifax (and beyond) to come and enjoy this dance we all love.



Neptune Theatre School Studios (enter through the Studio Theatre entrance on Argyle Street)

Two classes for only $15, or $10 for one

6:15 - 7:15 pm  Belly Dance  with Luciana Fernandes 

7:30 - 9:00 pm Musical Theatre Dance with David Light


David Light

David is a Prairie Boy born and raised in Prince Albert, SK. Since packing his bags and heading to Toronto he's appeared on most major stages across North America. He got a start as a finalist (second place male) on CBC's "Triple Sensation" Season II. Shortly after David found himself in The First National Tour of the Tony Award Winning "Billy Elliot - The Musical" ensemble/US Tony, which after almost three years closed in São Paulo, Brazil. You can currently catch him in Drayton Entertainment's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat". Other credits include: "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" (Neptune Theatre), "Anne of Green Gables - The Musical" Mr. Phillips, "Canada Rocks!", and "Evangeline" (Charlottetown Festival), "Robin Hood", "The Little Mermaid", "Cinderella", and "Sleeping Beauty" (Ross Petty Productions),  "Disney's Beauty and the Beast", "Evangeline", and "West Side Story" (Citadel Theatre), "Chicago" (Drayton Entertainment), "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" Charlie Brown (Head First Productions), "Jerry Springer: The Opera" - North American Premiere,  "High Fidelity - The Musical" Rob Gordon - Canadian Premiere (Hart House Theatre), "The Rocky Horror Show" Dr. Frank-N-Furter, "Cabaret" Cliff Bradshaw, and "The Last 5 Years" Jamie, (LOT Productions), and as Zak in Bravo's "Into the Light". He currently spends his down time here in Halifax with his other half as he's fallen in love with the East Coast since appearing at Neptune Theatre in Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia, Kamp and Cinderella. Follow his crazy adventures @Daviddelight


Luciana Fernandes

Luciana is a director, actor, and dancer. She has spent  2018-19 as a director as a part of the Chrysalis Program at Neptune.  Luciana grew up as a good Brazilian, dancing samba, forró and funk carioca as soon as she could stand. At 12, she started learning to belly dance and never stopped, having trained here under Laura Selenzi and in B.C under Nath Keo, who is the choreographer of Sacred Centre Dance, a troupe she has been dancing with for the last two years. Undeniably latina, Luciana also enjoys Salsa and Bachata. In most recent years, she has been extending her physical vocabulary practicing hip hop and contemporary.Particularly interested in fusion,  Luciana is interested in how different styles can be brought together to create new and consistent physical vocabularies, having performed samba/belly dance fusions and belly dance/contemporary fusions, as well as having integrated dance in her physical theatre practice.

For more information click on NEPTUNE IDD

or Contact Laura  at Neptune Theatre School: 

(902) 429-7300 x255




Edwidge has been leading and teaching folk dance in Ottawa for many years.  She has top-notch styling and teaching technique and a broad range of repertoire.

Saturday, April 27, 2019 

Registration: 9:45am-10am and 2:15-2:30 pm 
Basic Level Class: 10am-12:30pm

Intermediate/Advanced Level Class: 2:30pm-5:00pm 

Location: All Nations Church, 2535 Robie Street 

(corner Charles st.)
Admission: $20 per dance session




Mocean Dance                                   

Monday, April 29

5:00 pm-8:00 pm         

Good Robot

2736 Robie St., Halifax

Craft Beer will once again meet Craft Dance - this time for International Dance Day on April 29. Join Mocean Dance from 5-8 at Good Robot to celebrate or just show us your best robot impression! $1 from every Good Robot beer sold all day will go towards supporting our outreach activities as we bring dance into the community.


Haliente's Salsa Fridays   

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 9:00 pm - 12:00 am

$5 at the door (lessons included) 

Haliente Creative Studio, 1678 Barrington Street, Halifax

Advance Salsa combo + Salsa performance with DJ/Host: Moses Diallo + Haliente 

8:45 pm: doors open  -  9:00 pm: lesson starts  -   10:00 pm: performance by “East Coast Salsa” 

             …and social Dancing until 12am


Haliente's Bachata Saturdays  

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 8:30pm - 12:00am

Cover fee: $8 at the door (lessons included)

Haliente Creative Studio, 1678 Barrington Street, Halifax 

DJ/Host: Moses Diallo + Haliente

9:00 pm: lesson starts

10:00 pm: Urban Kizomba/semba demo by Brigitte Aucoin & Kay Jeff  from Free to Move/Happy Soul Dance Studios
            …and social Dancing until 12am



In Celebration of Dance Week - at Neptune Theatre                                                             

We have come up with 3 workshops created and taught by visiting artist Matthew Rossoff. Participants should come to the Neptune Theatre Scotiabank Stage entrance on Argyle Street.----

1. Musical Theatre Dance: Breath, Body, and Presence

Friday, April 26th, 7-9pm


Teens (age 14-18)

In this 2-hour workshop, we will dive into musical theatre dance styles that ignite relationship and dynamic storytelling. With an emphasis on breath and grounding the movement into the floor, we will explore and create choreography that is authentic, dynamic, and fun! And did we mention? This class is followed by a dance party!  Limit 12 participants

2. Movement for Actors + Igniting Body Presence

Thursday, April 25th, 7-9pm


Adults 18+

How can a musical theatre artist and dancer invite the audience in by utilizing their whole body to tell a three-dimensional story? In this 2-hour workshop, we will explore techniques on how to align the breath with movement while discovering images and igniting the senses! You will leave the studio buzzing and feeling alive! Limit 12 participants

3. Body Presence Workshop: Integrating Breath, Sound, and Text with Choreography for Dancers

Sunday, April 28th, 12-3pm

$40+HST ($30 for Dance NS members) 

Adults 18+

Body Presence Workshop cultivates the tools needed for a dancer to synthesize and embody choreography with authentic impulse and personal connection. A process-based technique, BPW explores the integration of Linklater-based voice and speech pedagogy, using contemporary musical theatre text with authentic movement, yoga philosophy, image, and choreography. Limit 12 participants


Studio Sightings - April 27th, 2019 4-6 pm.

Leica Hardy School of Dance 233 pleasant Street, Dartmouth


Celtica Highland Dance Society

Celtica Highland Dance Society is hosting it's third annual Halifax Spring Competition

Saturday April 27th at the Basinview School in Bedford. This competition includes Traditional Highland Dance events as well as Highland Choreography competitions.

Doors open at 8: 30 am, all are welcome!


Salsa at Brewsters    

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Brewsters Bar & Grill

961 Bedford Highway, Halifax

Salsa/Bachata. No charge. Join us for the fun! Bring a friend!


Dare to Dance 2019 School Challenge

Mon.-Friday, April 22-27 in provincial schools

During NDW, Dance Nova Scotia issues the popular Dare to Dance challenge to schools across the province. Thousands of individuals enthusiastically participate. The challenge itself is simple:  Get your school dancing for a total of 20 minutes of dancing during National Dance Week. Students, teachers, staff – everyone joins in.

 For a list of participating schools, this year go to our Dare to Dance page on the website