Professional Training

Welcome to our ongoing weekly morning training at Halifax Dance with Mocean Dance!

Our training schedule is fluid and responsive to Mocean's creative projects, as well as community need. Our classes are 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.

Location

Halifax Dance, 1505 Barrington Street (unless otherwise noted)

Note: when visiting the studio at Halifax Dance be sure to sign the studio's COVID-Waiver Form ahead of time!

Full-Access FALL TrainING MEMBERSHIP and Drop-In Fee Schedule

DROP-IN $10/class

*NEW* - Fall Training Membership - Flat Fee $40/month for unlimited number of Tues/Thurs Classes!!

Total Fee $120 (Sept-Nov), paid in one lump sum or three equal payments: Sept 8, Oct 6, Nov 2

Class size is limited to 9 people. All participants wishing to attend class must sign-up in advance on the Mocean Morning Training Sign-in Sheet. The google sheet will be locked 24hrs prior to the start of class to ensure no last minute cancellations. Individuals who hold a spot but do not attend class more than once will be charged an additional $25/service charge for not respecting the registration process and holding an unused spot.

Mocean accepts cash, cheque, or e-transfer for class fees. E-Transfers can be sent to office@moceandance.com

Schedule

Tue, Oct 27 2020

Contemporary w/ Geneviève Grady - 10–11:30am

Thu, Oct 29 2020

Ballet w/ Leica Hardy - 10–11:30am

Tue, Nov 3 2020

Contemporary w/ Gillian Seaward-Boone - 10–11:30am

Thu, Nov 5 2020

Ballet w/ Diana Rutherford - 10–11:30am

Tue, Nov 10 2020

Contemporary w/ Gillian Seaward-Boone - 10–11:30am

Thu, Nov 12 2020

Ballet w/ Diana Rutherford - 10–11:30am

Tue, Nov 17 2020

Contemporary w/ Gillian Seaward-Boone - 10–11:30am

Thu, Nov 19 2020

Ballet w/ Diana Rutherford - 10–11:30am

Tue, Nov 24 2020

Contemporary w/ Gillian Seaward-Boone - 10–11:30am

Thu, Nov 26 2020

Ballet w/ Diana Rutherford - 10–11:30am

Upcoming Workshops | Class Info | Instructors

Class Descriptions

dancer bending backwards

Photo Credit: Chris Randle

Contemporary with Meredith Kalaman (Sept 8, 15)~ The dancers will find themselves moving through a standing centre class that invites them to work with speed, direction, and precision. Using a familiarity of lines in space, and elements of extension to orient the body on various axis points. The class culminates in finding elevation and ease with working in and out of the floor from the feet while travelling through space. 
 
Ballet with Meredith Kalaman (Oct 8, 15) ~ Meredith teaches a ballet class designed to engage the mind and body in dynamic balance. Meredith uses tools applied to ballet from Countertechnique to bring a greater sense of space in the body and play in the approach to movement.  Her class is inspired by teachers: John Ottmann, Sarah Brewer Clowes and Christine Wright. 

Working values of Meredith's classes: working with the body in dynamic balance, applying knowledge of major joints to create space in the body, working in dimension, presence, and precision while having fun moving together!

 

Morning Studio Practice with Rebecca Lazier (Oct 6, 13) ~ Let’s Play: All welcome to join a class of guided improvisations and movement scores that explore the interplay of imagery and anatomy, self-care and exploring limits, and creating strength and discovering freedom. Class will traverse multiple movement practices that center dynamic sensitivity and presence, moving consciously on and off-center, into and out of the floor and flying through space.
Rebecca Lazier
Photo Credit: Bentley Drezner
Contemporary with Geneviève Grady (Oct 20, 27) ~ In this Graham-based class we will practice our relationship to breath/pelvic floor, visibility and gravity, inclusive of personal poetics, through the mechanisms of contraction, release and spiral. My teaching is informed in part by my work with Deborah Hay and my years of contemplating what Graham as a technique has to offer the contemporary artist. We'll attend to the ongoing intersect between being internally and externally available whilst seeking the pleasures of effort in all its guises.
Geneviève Grady - Photo Credit
Photo Credit: Sam Irons
Contemporary with Gillian Seaward-Boone (Nov 3, 10, 17, 24) ~ This contemporary/modern technique class combines a variety of styles and disciplines with the goal of using the entire body, getting your blood pumping and your muscles warmed up! The class progresses in a familiar format with plenty of space and freedom to deepen your own personal investigation throughout. We will explore both floorwork and standing work culminating in dynamic moving and jumping phrases that encourage dancers to "go big". The overall goal is to create a joyful class that celebrates the shared experience of movement.  (BIOGRAPHY)
Gillian Seaward-Boone, Photo Credit: Michelle Doucette
Photo Credit: Michelle Doucette

 

INSTRUCTOR BIOS

Diana Rutherford (Ballet)
Based in K’jipuktuk/Halifax, Diana Rutherford is a teacher, choreographer, and continuing dance education advocate. Diana is a graduate of the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School and York University (Honours BFA in Dance). She holds teaching qualifications at the Licentiate level with Cecchetti Canada and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Diana also holds Advanced 2 examination certificates from Cecchetti Canada and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).Originally from Owen Sound, Ontario, Diana began her dancing career in both ballet and highland dance. As a highland competitor, she represented Canada across North America and Scotland and was a scholarship recipient and award winner in both highland and ballet. Diana has performed across Canada and the United States.

In her former role as Dean of Dance at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Diana had the opportunity to teach students across Atlantic Canada, collaborate with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, and produce multiple full-length ballets. She is a certified Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT) teacher and combines concepts from Stott Pilates Mat with PBT into her classes. She is an active member of the Nova Scotia arts and culture scene and has served on the boards of Votive Dance and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.Diana has successfully trained students for Cecchetti Canada examinations at the Advanced 2 level, in collaboration for the RAD Solo Seal and Genée International Ballet Competition, and the Youth America Grand Prix. Diana is looking forward to working in collaboration with the artist of Mocean Dance.

Meredith Kalaman (Contemporary and Ballet) - Meredith is a Contemporary Choreographer and Performer born and raised in Greater Vancouver, B.C. Meredith is known for her innovative vision and for creating thought provoking dance theatre works. She began creating solo’s on herself because she wanted to move the way her body was asking for and interested in moving. Since then she began exploring her ideas on other bodies and found that she loves both dancing in other people’s works and making her own work. For Meredith, both practices inform and grow each other.

As a dancer, Meredith has worked with the Karen Jamieson Dance Company, Dancers Dancing, Judith Marcuse Projects and Movent and performed works by Noam Gagnon, John Ottmann, Kate Franklin, Farley Johansson, Michael Kong, Julie Lebel and Kirsten Wiren. She is a graduate of the Ballet BC Mentor Program.

Her own choreography has toured Canada, the US and throughout China. Meredith is a recipient of the 2015 & 2017 Chrystal Dance Prize from Dance Victoria. Her first full length work, Femme Fatales premiered in May 2017 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, Canada and then made its European debut in Berlin at Uferstudios in August 2017.

Meredith enjoys teaching, learning new things about herself and life everyday, energy, magic, seeing the world and most recently began training in Counter-technique with Charles Slender-White and Joy Davis in San Francisco at Fact/SF’s Summer Dance Lab. It has changed her life!

Jane Wooding - Fellow and Examiner, CC CICB (Ballet)
A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, Jane performed with the National Ballet of Canada from 1972-78, dancing Romantic, Classical and Contemporary repertoire. During this time, she was privileged to work with exceptional mentors Celia Franca, Erik Bruhn, Rudolf Nureyev, Karen Kain, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Ms. Wooding is a Fellow and Examiner for Cecchetti Canada and has taught at Canada’s National Ballet School, York University, and George Brown Dance / Ballet Jorgen. Jane now lives in Nova Scotia, where she teaches at Halifax Dance, and the Conservatory School of Dance. Her teaching style is lyrical and inclusive.

Rebecca Lazier (Contemporary) - Rebecca is a New York–based choreographer originally from Nova Scotia. She has collaborated with new music composers and ensembles including Shane Shanahan, Jody Elff, Fred Ho, Dan Trueman, Paul Lansky, Newspeak, and now, Mobius and Sō Percussion. Lazier’s most recent work, Coming Together/Attica, premiered at The Invisible Dog Art Center and was named one of 2013’s most memorable experiences by critic Eva Yaa Asantewaa and subsequently toured throughout the U.S., Canada, Turkey, and Greece. A film adaptation was exhibited at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. In New York Lazier’s work has been presented at Danspace Project, The Kitchen, Symphony Space, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, and Movement Research at Judson Church.

She has toured nationally to The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard), Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), Jacob’s Pillow, Tulane University, Mobius (Boston), Columbia College (Chicago), Sushi Performance and Visual Art (San Diego), International Festival of Ideas (New Haven), among many. Internationally her work has been presented at venues in Canada, Greece, Russia, Poland, and across Turkey. Lazier has received a Bessie Schönberg Choreography Residency at The Yard and was an honorary fellow at Djerassi. In New York she has been the artist­-in-­residence at the Joyce Theater Foundation, funded with major support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Movement Research, funded, in part, by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund. Lazier is currently on faculty at Princeton University.

Geneviève Beth Grady (Gigi) (Contemporary) is a Canadian/British freelance dance artist. In Toronto she performed extensively both fusion and traditional roles with Menaka Thakkar and Ritmo Flamenco, danced for Seika Boye, Viv Moore and Marlee Cargill, and presented numerous fringe pieces of her own devising. UK work includes touring as a dancer with Latin jazz band Azul, magician's assistant, zombie in Paramount's WWZ and dancing the gallery pieces of Channa Horwitz. She performs internationally her adaptations of three solos commissioned from seminal choreographer Deborah Hay (since 2006) and considers this ongoing practice an integral part of her work as a dance artist. Recent collaborations include devising and performing duets with pianists Georgia Lazaridou (composer Freya Waley-Cohen, UK), Douglas Finch (composer Deirdre Gribbin, NI) and Nik Baertsch (CH), and co-mentoring with drummer Femi Koleoso (Ezra Collective, UK). Since 2003 she is sessional at Trinity Laban as a Graham-based technique teacher, rehearsal director and project supervisor. She has performed and taught across the UK, Europe, Ireland and Iceland, including HZT Berlin and for Codarts Rotterdam.

Leica Hardy (Ballet) - Leica is respected nationally as a master teacher and dance educator. Her enjoyment of dance and movement has been a lifetime activity with over 40 years of teaching experience. In May 2011 she was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from St. Mary’s University Halifax for her contribution to dance and the arts in the region. In 2000 she was also honoured to be included in the Encyclopedia of Canadian Dance. During her teaching career students have gone on to study at such institutions as Canada’s National Ballet School, The School of the Toronto Dance Theatre, École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (EDCMTL), the North Carolina School of the Arts, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Ballet Jörgen Canada, The Bates Dance Festival (Maine), The White Mountain Dance Festival (New York), The Peridance Professional Program (New York), The Stratford Festival, Humber College School of Creative & Performing Arts, The George Brown College School of Performing Arts and the Banff Centre. Former students have enjoyed successful careers as dancers, teachers and choreographers, and with companies such as the Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, the Toronto Dance Theatre, the National Ballet of Canada, Dancemakers (Toronto), Mocean Dance (Halifax), O Vertigo (Montréal) and Parsons Dance (New York). Leica holds her Advanced Teacher’s Certificate with the Society of Russian Ballet and has been an examiner for the Society since 1997. She trained extensively at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, York University, The Banff Centre and with noted Canadian modern dance instructors Linda Rabin, David Earle, and Carol Anderson. She enjoyed 20 years of performing professionally and since 1982 has choreographed over 40 works. Currently she is on the Board of the Halifax chapter of the Performing Arts Lodges Canada Foundation. In December 2019 she celebrates her 29th year as the director/choreographer of The Nutcracker for Symphony Nova Scotia.