The Company

Sable Island (2015), Photo Credit: Holly Crooks

Sable Island (2015), Photo Credit: Holly Crooks

Mocean Dance was founded in K'jipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2001 by Carolle Crooks Fernando, Sarah Rozee, Sara Harrigan, Alicia Orr MacDonald, and Lisa Phinney Langley.

Led by Co-Artistic Directors Susanne Chui and Sara Coffin, Mocean is recognized nationally as a leading contemporary dance company from the Atlantic region. Working with both locally and nationally renowned choreographers, Mocean brings together talented artists to create exciting new work that is rooted in collaborative process, stretches physical and emotional boundaries and finds authenticity.

Mocean was honoured with The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Art Award in 2016 for Canvas 5 x 5, which was the first time this esteemed award has been given to a Nova Scotia dance work.

A Company-in-Residence at Halifax Dance since 2002, Mocean is committed to being based in Nova Scotia and contributing to the province's local dance and arts community by providing opportunities for creation, performance, collaboration, development and education.

Mocean Dance is a member of Dance Nova Scotia and the Canadian Dance AssemblyCultural Human Resources Council, and many of its members belong to the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists.


Dancers in blue light looking backwards.

These Versions of Us (2018), Photo Credit: Jeremy Mimnagh

highly physical, collaborative, and technically and emotionally rich Contemporary dance

Extended Company History

Vision & Values


Mocean creates and produces original and responsive work that grows in artistry

and the ways it impacts the artists, audiences, and communities it serves.


Artistic Excellence





Development of our regional perspective

Respect and elevation of the artist


Support professional dance and engage with audiences and communities,

particularly those underserved by contemporary dance and its collaborative artistic disciplines.


Create, produce and present contemporary dance

Collaborate with other arts disciplines and organizations in the creation and presentation of new work

Develop and employ dancers, choreographers and other artistic makers with a connection to Nova Scotia and our region

Focus community engagement to broaden access to dance

Develop audiences for dance and multidisciplinary work

Advocate for dance and be an ambassador for dance from our region

Tour work regionally, nationally and internationally