JESSICA LOWE (Co-Artistic Director/Co-Founder)
Jessica Lowe hails from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She started dance at the age of five at Dartmouth Dance Academy and Leica Hardy School of Dance. Pursuing dance has always been her career goal and upon graduation she moved to Toronto in 2011 to attend York University’s BFA Dance Program. Throughout University she was given many performance and choreographic opportunities. After graduating York, Jessica co-founded Nostos Collectives Dance Association. Nostos Collectives is a registered non-for-profit based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Toronto, Ontario. Their mandate is geared towards creating performance and choreographic opportunities for local emerging dance artists. Jessica acts as the Artistic Director as well as being active within the local Halifax dance community.
Anastasia Wiebe is a Halifax based dancer-choreographer. She began her dance career at home in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia training at the Leica Hardy School of Dance and the Dartmouth Dance Academy. She was a member of KiDanCo from 2011-2013. She performed in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker for four seasons and Gen-Y for Mocean Dance in 2011. She continued her dance training at the Peridance Capezio Center and graduated from their Certificate Dance Program for contemporary/ballet and commercial dance in 2015. Performance credits include Sonderlings, Second Hand News, The Great Big Boo (Dance Captain), Post Modern Jukebox (Good Morning America), and was a performer-choreographer on MTV’s Say it with Song. She has performed works by Victor Quijada, Robert Battle, Lar Lubovitch, Hofesh Shechter, Aszure Barton, Igal Perry, and many more. Anastasia is also an emerging choreographer and has had the pleasure of setting works throughout Nova Scotia and Toronto.
ANASTASIA WIEBE (Co-Artistic Director)
Lydia graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Arts in ‘07 and joined The Boston Conservatory where she received her B.F.A. ’11 in dance performance. Lydia trained at programs in Canada and the United States such as Canada’s National Ballet School, Springboard Danse Montreal, Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Traditions, and The Movement Invention Project. Since returning to Halifax, Lydia presented the full work Bonne Nuit at The Sir James Dunn Theatre in April 2016, supported by Canada Council for the Arts. In the fall of 2016, Lydia completed a movement research residency in Skagastrond, Iceland through the Nes Artist Residency supported by Arts Nova Scotia. Thereafter she created a trio titled Embankment, which was performed by Votive Dance at the David MacMurray Studio Theatre in 2017. Lydia additionally completed a choreographic residency in Sofia, Bulgaria at the Derida Dance Centre, July 2017, with support from Canada Council for the Arts, where Sonderling was created. Sonderlings, the trio of Sonderling, was presented at the Bus Stop Theatre through Nostos Collectives, June 2018, with support from Canada Council for the Arts. Lydia currently dances for Mocean Dance Company and Nostos Dance Collectives, and continues to present her own work through Atlantic Presenters Association and Kinetic Studio.
Originally from Halifax, Georgia Skinner trained in classical dance at Coastal Dance since age three and continued to train in contemporary, modern, and hip hop through high school. She graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program in 2014 where she worked with many esteemed dance artists such as Christopher House, Darryl Tracy, Robert Desrosiers, and Ted Robinson. Georgia has travelled to various Canadian cities for dance training during her years in school, and is currently basing her professional career in her hometown. She has also attended ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival 2015 in Vienna, Austria for professional development training and was greatly inspired by teachers such as Doris Uhlich, Phillippe Riera, Clara Furey, Peter Jasko, Bruno Caverna, and others. She has recently worked with with Coastal Dance, East Coast Dance Academy, The Woods Hip Hop Company, Mocean Dance, Nostos Collectives Dance Association, as well as in various independent productions.