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.


Halifax Dance, 1505 Barrington Street (unless otherwise noted)

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

DROP-IN $10/class or
Winter Training Membership $40/month for UNLIMITED number of Tuesday/Thursday Classes!

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.

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Upcoming Workshops | Class Info | Instructors

Class Descriptions

Marie-Josée Chartier Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh

Credit: Jeremy Mimnagh

Morning Class with Marie-Josée-Chartier: (March 22-25 & March 29-April 1) ~ Marie-Josée Chartier offers a centre class structured to prepare the dancer for a rehearsal day as well as integrating different approaches to technique, musicality and brain integration. The class covers elements of floor work, centre work developing strength, endurance and balance, variations across the floor while challenging the dancer with rhythmic patterns. She also encourages the dancer to find its own expression and interpretation within a particular kinetic variation. Marie-Josée’s approach has been influenced by several techniques she has studied over the years including  Limón, Cunningham, Release, Ballet and applies principles of movement she has acquired with her many years as a dancer with Dancemakers learning from Serge Bennathan as well as various exceptional teachers. 


Morning Studio Practice with Mairéad Filgate (March 22-25 & March 29-April 1) ~ Rooted in Modern Dance and Western Contemporary Dance techniques, Mairéad borrows from a wide range of influences to focus and prepare the body and mind. We arm up through a gentle progression beginning with breath and inner focus and slowing moving through the anatomy to find clear articulation and strength in the body. Travelling expansively through space we will use set movement with elements of improvisation to harness momentum and practice risk taking while finding clarify of movement. Connecting to the energy and rhythm of music is another important element of class in order to practice musicality and access the collective joy of moving bodies through space together.
Contemporary with Gillian Seaward-Boone  ~ 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



Marie-Josée Chartier (Toronto, ON - Guest Teacher) -
A multi-faceted artist, Marie-Josée Chartier moves easily between the worlds of dance, music, opera and multi-media in the roles of choreographer, performer, director, vocalist or teacher. Her choreographic works have been presented in festivals in Canada, Europe and Latin America and have been featured on two documentary films.

In 2019, Chartier choreographs two plays Le dire de Di and l’Exercice de l’Oubli, (Montréal, Québec, Caraquet and Toronto). On tour, she directs Charlotte a music theatre production presented in Israël, Ukraine and the Czech Republic. As an actress, she performed in How it Ends with the Sick + Twisted Theatre (Winnipeg) and started the creation of a new theatrical/physical work Fracas with writer Margaret Sweatman. In the world of contemporary opera, Marie-Josée has directed/choreographed numerous critically acclaimed productions for: Gryphon Trio, Toca Loca, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, Tapestry Opera, Theaturtle and ECM+. She is in demand as an artistic advisor and mentor and is a frequent guest teacher in modern dance and voice/movement workshops in institutions across Canada and in Latin America.
In 2003, Marie-Josée Chartier founded Chartier Danse to support her large scale productions. She is the recipient of the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize (2015),  the K.M. Hunter Award (2001), nine Dora Mavor Moore Awards nominations receiving two for outstanding choreography and direction. 

Mairéad Filgate (Toronto/Montreal - Guest Teacher) -
Mairéad Filgate has performed throughout Canada, and to Europe, U.S.A., China, and Mongolia. She was a member of the Danny Grossman Dance Company (2003-2008), and has since performed with tiger princess dance projects, Public Recordings, Dusk Dances, BoucharDanse, Chartier Danse, Bill Coleman, Kaeja d’Dance, in addition to countless independent choreographers in Toronto, Montreal, and beyond. Mairéad is Artistic Associate for tiger princess dance projects, and creates choreography both independently and collaboratively. As a founding member of Throwdown Collective she received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography (2016) and has presented work at Jacob’s Pillow Festival, (MA); and the Sony Centre (Fall for Dance North). Mairéad makes regular sojourns to New York City to study the work of Trisha Brown. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women & Gender Studies and Sociology from the University of Toronto, and served as Chair for the Board of Directors of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (2016-2018). 

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.