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Upcoming Workshop

When: Thursday, October 20, 2022

Where: Online (Register on Eventbrite)

Time: 6:00-7:30 Atlantic Time / 5:00-6:30PM Eastern Time

Price: $10 or Pay What You Can

Our Second Community Learning Series event for the 2022/2023 membership season will focus on the work and art of five culture workers in Atlantic Canada. 

This event is a unique opportunity for attendees to connect with established dance artists in Atlantic Canada. It will provide insight into the unique strengths and needs of the different areas they work, how they have established themselves, what sustainability of dance work looks like, and what offerings they provide to independent dance artists in the community. Through discussion, the aim of this panel is to build an understanding of the current status of dance outside of Ontario, with a focus on how values and community are supported and reflected through five unique perspectives on dance practice and performance.

Attendees will be provided with an information package outlining how to connect with these artists and their work, and additional information on what other resources are available in the area.


  • American Sign Language (ASL) can be provided upon request.
  • This event will not be recorded.


Abady Alzahrani
has been teaching dance in Halifax for over 8 years, primarily in the style of Jazz Funk, Fusion, and Heels. He has choreographed for the Halifax Thunderbirds Dance Team, as well as coached and choreographed many award winning pieces for Dalhousie’s Competitive Black & Gold Dance Team, and Maritime Dance’s competitive team and elite performance groups. Recreationally, he has instructed dance classes and workshops at Dalhousie University and in studios throughout HRM. His choreography has been featured at TedxHalifax, Atlantic Fashion Week, The Fuse Festival, Black & Gold Showcase, Halifax Pride events, and various concept videos, dance competitions, and showcases throughout Atlantic Canada.

While primarily trained in Halifax, he has also trained in classes and intensives in New York, Vancouver, Toronto, Istanbul, and Los Angeles, dancing under the instruction of some of the world’s top choreographers, including Keenan Cooks, Laure Courtellemont, Janelle Ginestra, Brian Friedman, and Yanis Marshall.

As a leader in Halifax’s growing dance community, Abady is committed to providing dance education, community spaces, and mentorship, while constantly striving to spread empowerment, encourage authenticity, and facilitate progress-focused growth in his community.

Kathleen Doherty
(she/her) is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator based in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. After completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Kathleen moved to Calgary to attend Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ Professional Training Program. Upon returning to Halifax in 2012, Kathleen co-founded Votive Dance, and has worked as Artistic Director since the company’s inception. 

Kathleen has enjoyed creative and performance opportunities with Votive Dance, Mocean Dance, Kinetic Studio, Rhythmically Speaking Dance (Minneapolis), FoDAR, Connection Dance Works, Alberta Dance Festival, the Me, Myself and Her Residency Project, and The Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland), among others. Kathleen is a dance instructor with Halifax Dance, The Maritime Conservatory, and The Dance Institute. She is Artistic Director of the Young Company of Halifax Dance, and Financial Director for The Dance Institute. Kathleen is proud to be a working artist mom to her 4 year old son, Cillian.

Candice Pike

is a dance artist based in Corner Brook, NL.
She uses a gentle approach to create, interpret, and share dance through both a somatic and intellectual lens. With an eclectic background of movement, artistic, and administrative experience she continues to consider ways of creating and presenting dance in rural ways. She also practices 'community networking choreography' by designing and facilitating a number of arts engagement and mentorship programs

Candice received a MA degree in Dance from York University, is a Registered Somatic Dance Educator, and has a post-graduate certificate in dance education. As a dance educator, she is committed to empowering people to understand their own incredible potential for movement and creativity. Candice also volunteers with a number of different Canadian arts and dance organizations and works as a consultant for not-for-profit organizations.

Sarah Power

Originally from Saint John, Sarah has been working as a professional independent dance artist and teacher since graduating from Toronto Metropolitan University in 2001. She is a founding member and current Artistic Director of Connection Dance Works. Her career has included collaborations with musicians, dancers, filmmakers, and visual artists. She has received grants for Professional Development, Residencies and Creation projects through the Canada Council for the Arts and artsnb. Sarah continues to learn and develop work through her practice of Authentic Movement, a way of discovering movement inherent in the body instead of inventing it. I’m interested in intuition itself and how it can unfold. For me, it is a process of witnessing and waiting for something to happen. I see it as sitting in the middle of the creative experience, paying attention.  

Liliona Quarmyne

My body is a conduit, a link to past and to future generations. 

It takes me back, it takes me forward, it carries the present. 

My body is story.

Based in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), on the powerful, unceded and unsurrendered land of the Mi'kmaq people, Liliona is a dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, community organizer, and activist. Originally from Ghana and the Philippines, she has an eclectic background that has taken her through many performance styles on four different continents. Liliona performs across the country and internationally, creates original works as an independent artist, facilitates community programming, and is the Artistic Director of Kinetic. The scope of Liliona’s artistic work is broad, but is particularly focused on the relationship between art and social justice, on the body’s ability to carry ancestral memory, and on the role the performing arts can play in creating change. Liliona loves to work in collaboration and community, and is mom to two wonderful kids.


Stephanie Mitro
is an established industry professional, choreographer and dance teacher based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is devoted to educating and mentoring young artists across Canada and abroad. Her pre-professional training originated in Ontario - focusing on modern, contemporary, ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, highland and hip-hop.

Stephanie is a proud graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University touting a BFA Degree (Theatre Performance Dance). Additionally, she is a graduate of the Pre-Professional Program, DECIDEDLY JAZZ DANCEWORKS, and has performed for numerous dance companies on the West and East Coast’s. She has had the privilege to work with numerous well-known North American choreographers, via both company, industrial and commercial dance industry projects. She also works with Neptune Theatre (Halifax), on various shows.

Stephanie is also the co-founder of the professional Halifax contemporary, jazz company - VOTIVE DANCE – and her company thrives on performing across Canada in a variety of touring shows and festivals. During her professional dance career, she performed in numerous original full length choreographic works, some including: (Atlantic Fringe Festival); In Pursuit, East Meets West, Shedding Suffixes, Proven Lands (Nextfest, Atlantic Dance Festival, Soulocentric, Tour); Natural Forces, Perspective (Connection Dance Works); Homeplace (collaboration with Pier 21), HOME (Bus Stop Theatre), Synced Systems (Alderney Landing), “This Mess Of Ours” (David Norsworthy) and “Don’t Wake The Lions” (Catherine Hayward), to name a few.

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