Communities in Mocean - Call for Artists

posted August 30th, 2023

Artist Opportunity

Deadline to apply: September 15, 2023 

Mocean is seeking two to three professional dance artists for a community-centered artistic creation.

Building on the eight year success of Mocean’s Library series Moving with Mocean, Communities in Mocean - Older Adults Dance Project is a new program that will support retirees and seniors to take part in a community-led artistic process building their own dance creation for a public sharing. 

Two groups of participants will meet weekly at two locations - Halifax Central Library and Northwood Central to engage in a creative process for a new community-led and community-centered dance creation. Both groups will join together to share in a public performance at the Northwood Centre Auditorium and Halifax Central Library’s Paul O’Regan Hall. 

Project dates are part-time with industry standard artist fees offered.



  • Support retirees and seniors in an artistic process
  • Collaborate and contribute to a community-led artistic creation 
  • Perform alongside retirees and seniors 
  • Assist or Lead Moving with Mocean Library Classes and Northwood Chair Dance Classes, as appropriate with artist experience 
  • Assist with artistic logistics and production management related to the creation and public sharing


PROJECT DATES AND TIMES (subject to change):

Group 1: Mondays 2:00-3:00pm (Moving with Mocean* and Creation)

Oct 23*, 30* | Nov 6*, 20*, 27 | Dec 4, 11, 18  | Jan 15*, 22*, 29* | Feb 5*, 12

Group 2: Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm (Chair Class)

Sept 27 | Oct 11, Oct 25 | Nov 8, Nov 22 | Jan 10, Jan 24 | Feb 7, Feb 21 | Mar 6, Mar 20

Group 2: Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 (Creation) 

Nov 8, 15, 22, 29 | Jan 24, 31 | Feb 7, 14, 21

Both Groups:

Mondays 2:00 - 3:00pm on Feb 26, March 4 + 18 | Wednesday, March 20, 2:00-3:30pm

Performances Dates: Saturday, March 23 - 2pm


Interested dance artists must be available for the majority of the dates above, or the majority of the dates for either Group 1 (Monday) or Group 2 (Wednesday). Some flexibility with project dates can be accommodated due to the part-time nature of the project.

We welcome and strongly encourage people identifying with intersecting identities to apply. This includes Indigenous people, LGBTQ+ & Two-Spirit people, Black people, people of colour, and people with disabilities.

To apply: Send a letter of interest, plus a CV and bio. In your letter, please share your interest in the project, and indicate any community-arts experiences you have, or special skills you can bring to the project. Email to: 

Deadline: September 20, 2023