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


We envision an innovative and sustainable contemporary dance company that serves audiences and artists

around the world, built by Nova Scotia dance artists and their community supporters.


Artistic Excellence





Development of our regional perspective

Respect and elevation of the artist


Our mission is the development of a contemporary dance company that creates, performs and tours technically and emotionally

rich dance grounded in our region and artists, contributing to the growth of Canadian dance.


Create, produce and present contemporary dance

Tour work regionally, nationally and internationally

Develop and employ dancers, choreographers and other dance professionals with a strong connection to Nova Scotia and our region

Undertake community outreach with a particular focus on youth and emerging dance artists

Collaborate with dance and other arts professionals and organizations in the creation of new work

Engage, educate and develop audiences for dance and multi-disciplinary work

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