It's an exciting time in Halifax. Why you ask?
Due to Covid-19 grounding people from traveling there is a surge of new young dancers in the community. With most Universities and Dance Training Programs happening online, we thought what an opportunity to build on their relationship with the professional dance community and jump start their careers.
This program has been designed to immerse these young dancers into the Halifax dance community and connect them with their peers. All participants will be given a chance to learn a new piece of choreography which will be featured in a Dance Film.
The Next Generation
Rosie Halpin’s passion for dance centres around contemporary and modern movement. Based in Toronto, but originally from Halifax, she is completing her first year of her BFA in dance at York University. She previously worked with Nostos Collectives in 2017 and 2018 in 'Nocturne', and is excited to be a part of Nostos Collective's Next Gen Program in the 2020-2021 season.
Kerry Halpin is an emerging contemporary dance artist based in Toronto. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she is in her second year at York University double majoring in Dance and Kinesiology & Health Sciences. She worked previously with Nostos Collectives in 2017 and 2018 in ‘Nocturne’. She looks forward to being a part of Nostos Collective’s Next Gen Program in the 2020-2021 season.
PC: Natasha Smith
Amelia McGrath is a dancer from Halifax Nova Scotia. She has been training at Halifax dance her whole life, up until last year when she studied a year of a dance at Concordia in Montréal. She returned home in March due to the pandemic and has continued training at Halifax dance since her return. Amelia has previously performed as an apprentice with Votive, and is currently working with a few local artists on some upcoming projects.
Katherine Colley is currently studying at Concordia University taking a BFA focused on contemporary dance and choreography. She has dance training in ballet, jazz, modern, acrobatics, and contemporary. She has been dancing competitively for 7 years. She danced at Stars Of Tomorrow from 2014-2016 and Dartmouth Dance Academy from 2017-2021. Katherine was also in the Fusion performance company in 2019-2020.
Mackenzie Tomlin started dancing with the Leica Hardy School of Dance at age three and was a member of KiDanCo, from 2015 to 2020. Mackenzie performed in six seasons of The Nutcracker with Symphony Nova Scotia and has appeared as a Local Participant with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen for four seasons. She has attended summer intensive programs at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. In 2019 she completed her Student-Teacher Examination with the Society of Russian Ballet. She is currently studying Mathematics and Education at Acadia University and is excited to be part of the Nostos Next Gen Program.
Sydney Holdsworth is a 16 year old dancer currently training and competing at Dartmouth Dance Academy. There she dances a multitude of styles from tap to contemporary, with a core focus on skills of jazz, and ballet. She began dance at roughly three years of age and has loved it since she was little, joining a competitive team when she was 8. This is the first contemporary solo ever done by Sydney, and she hopes that she will improve her dancing overall with time and practice.