About Taking Steps to Fly
TAKING STEPS TO FLY IS A COMPETITION/SHOWCASE FOR YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS. IT IS A JOINT PROJECT OF DANCE NOVA SCOTIA AND KINETIC STUDIO AND IS THE ONLY LOCAL COMPETITION THAT HAS BEEN CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS.
Encouragement and growth of our young choreographic voices is important for the survival of dance. Dance students are encouraged to create a work in any dance form. The work can be choreographed by one person or by a collective, and can be a solo or group performance.
THE FINAL SHOWCASE FOR TAKING STEPS TO FLY takes place each March. Keep checking in here for upcoming details on this year's competition and along with some exciting additions.
Here is a look back at last year's competition:
The Taking Steps to Fly 2017 Showcase took place on March 26, 2016 at the Dalhousie Student Union Building to a full house of supporters and dance lovers. It was a night of celebration and camaraderie that we value immensely as part of our roster of yearly activity. 20 works of choreography were presented.
The 2017 winners were:
Taking Steps to Fly Overall Winner: Daphne de Dreu
14 to 17 Category: Olivia Mac Lean
18+ Category: Daphne de Drue
Collective Creation: Chris Mkandawire & Olga Ostafiichunk
Adjudicators Choice: (Tie) Mariah Kelly & Amelia McGrath
The Sally Brayley Bliss Award, which is awarded by Dance NS to a choreographer continuing with their dance studies, was given to Olivia MacLean
The winners in the first two categories were given gift packages filled with tickets to local dance shows and school performances plus dancewear certficates. The Collective Creation winners get to spend a day with members of Mocean Dance where they will work on the choreographic process. Dance NS would like to give a huge thank you to the businesses who contributed to this year's event. As well, we would like to give a shout out to the professional dance community who continue to give their time and energy to mentor and guide these young choreographers.
Steps to Fly 2017 Winners: From left to right: Mariah Kelly, Olivia MacLean Daphne de Dreu (in front), Amelia McGrath, Chris Mkandawire & Olga Ostafiichunk
2017 Showcase Performance photos by Kailyn Amelia