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 the 2019 competition and along with some exciting additions.
Here is a look at last year's brochure which has tips and information about the competition: TAKING STEPS TO FLY 2018
A look back at this year's competition:
The Taking Steps to Fly 2018 Showcase took place on March 25th, 2018 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. This year there was a record 25 works of choreography presented.
The winners this year were:
14 to 17 Category: Emily Marsh
18+ Category: Olivia MacLean
Collective Creation: Hannah Faith, Kieron Harper, Katie Beaton, Keegan McIntosh and Jill McKenzie
Adjudicators Choice: Kaylee Drew
Taking Steps to Fly Overall Winner: EMILY MARSH
The Sally Brayley Bliss Award, which is awarded by Dance NS to a choreographer continuing with their dance studies, was given to Amelia McGrath
The winners in the first two categories were given gift packages filled with tickets to local dance shows and school performances plus dancewear certificates. 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 the Dance Department at Towson University in Maryland (and grad student Madeline Gorman) for being part of our mentorship program which is open to all choreographers.
Congratulations to all the participants!
Photos: Kevin MacCormack