Professional Training

Welcome to our ongoing weekly morning training at Halifax Dance with Mocean! Our training schedule is fluid and responsive to the community as well as Mocean's creative projects.


Halifax Dance, 1505 Barrington Street (unless otherwise noted)

Drop-In Fee

$15/class or $12/class for card of 5 classes or more

Open to the public and drop-ins are welcome. Class level is INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED. Be prepared for the class flow to move quickly. Must have previous dance experience, but not limited to professional dancers only.


For more information on open community classes intended for beginners click here.


Upcoming Workshops and Guest Instructors

Darryl Tracy

Morning Training with Darryl Tracy (Toronto)

February 18-21, 2020 - 10:00AM-11:30AM at Halifax Dance, open to all advanced movers

Darryl teaches a dynamic and challenging centre class designed to address; articulation, athleticism, musicality, habitual tendencies and expression. This class is based in classical modern dance styles nuanced to inspire the dancer's whole body. Darryl aims to create a safe space where dancers can explore and experiment so the nervous system can experience ranges in motor and expressive development. The class starts with a short meditative practise followed by centre exercises looking at articulation of the whole body and level changes growing into robust combinations and structured improvisations.

Darryl Tracy is a Toronto-based independent dance artist: choreographer, interpreter, teacher, and producer. He is a senior core faculty member and a Resident Choreographer at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. As a dancer, he has created roles by many of Canada’s leading choreographers. He and Heidi Strauss were co-artistic directors of Four Chambers dance projects from 1999-2006. Tracy was a member of the company Sylvain Émard Danse in Montreal for more than four years. He has created over 46 of his own works through commissions and self-produced events. Most recently, he has choreographed for Connection Dance Works (New Brunswick), L’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, Sawdon Dance (Winnipeg),The School of Dance (Ottawa) and George Brown Dance (Toronto). He guest-teaches across Canada, United States and Europe.

 Most of his recent works have been durational and site specific works with Rhubarb Festival (Buddies in Bad Times) as well as with Nuit Rose Festival in Toronto. In June of 2017, he was a guest choreographer for Kenny Pearl’s Emerging Artist Summer Intensive, remounting his work external perturbations. In September 2017, his new solo, All the Patsys, that he choreographed and performed (alongside Connection Dance Works’ with far arms), premiered as part of Saint John New Brunswick’s Imperial Theatre season. As a dancer, he has been on tour in work by Lesandra Dodson, In Two Days a Man can Change, as well as with Marie-Josée Chartier’s petites danses, for the past four years. In 2022, he will perform with Human Body Expression (Hanna Kiel) in a new work.

Tracy works part-time as a neuro-based rehabilitation physiotherapist at Physio-LogicPlus Rehabilitation Services, Toronto, and at University Health Network – Lyndhurst Centre (Spinal Cord Rehabilitation), Toronto. He teaches anatomy in the Teacher's Training Program at the National Ballet School (Toronto) and is Artistic Associate of Chartier Danse (Toronto).


Contact Improvisation Photo

Photo Credit: Kevin MacCormack


Please join community CI enthusiasts for an evening of CI dancing - open to ALL levels, beginner to advance, try contact improvisation for the first time!

Sunday, Jan 22 - TIME + LOCATION: TBA
Price: $5

Evening Structure:
5:00-5:30/5:45: will be introductory to basic Contact Improvisations principles and skills led by Sara Coffin

5:45-7:00: will be an OPEN JAM. The jam will loosely follow Nancy Stark Smith's Underscore to give participants guidance and a ground to follow. The Underscore format will be explained at the start of the session and present in the room as reference or navigation tool.

Join us to tune our bodies collectively to the earth's physical forces and with each other, finding release and new discoveries in the point of contact, falling, folding, leading and following, changing level, and flying. Unlock your potential and challenge the art of adaptability to discover the dance that is already there!

Guidelines for creating a safe and creative space will be reviewed at the start of the evening.