May 27 & 28, 2017
KiDanCo Spring Season
Innovative Trends in Choreography & Improvisation


KiDanCo, the resident pre-professional company for emerging dance artists at the Leica Hardy School of Dance will present their 6th annual Spring Season of contemporary dance repertoire at DANSpace-On-Grafton, 1531 Grafton Street (Halifax) on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28 at 7:30PM, with a matinee on May 28 at 2:30PM. Tickets are $23 for adults, $16 for students (12+) and seniors (65+), and $11 for children. To reserve or purchase, please contact or phone 466-0101.  Tickets at the door are cash only.

The company is honoured to present the works of Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson, Sarah Murphy, Lydia Zimmer and Artistic Director, Leica Hardy in this dynamic program of original works. This season many of the works embrace innovative trends in choreography and creative processes by incorporating improvisation in their creative development, and in performance.

For more information about the company go to the KiDanCo Performance Season page of the website.

April 29 2017
KiDanco Studio Sightings
Open public rehearsal

KiDanCo invites you to Studio Sightings, Open Public Rehearsal on April 29, 2017. Studio Sightings is an annual event held in celebration of International Dance Day. Company members will rehearse the works of Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson, Sarah Murphy, Lydia Zimmer and Artistic Director Leica Hardy. Audience is invited to attend for any duration between 4:00-6:30 p.m. Entry by donation.


February 14, 2017
Devisnowtion 2017 – Part 2

Update as of 1:30 PM – I have just been advised that the North Woodside Centre will be opening up later today. Ballet 6 and Conditioning are cancelled. Ballet Pre-Elementary and pointe will run from 7:30-9:30PM. Ballet 6 students are welcome to join that class this evening or take a suitable replacement class. Conditioning students should take a replacement class.



February 13, 2017
It’s a Devisnowtion! Classes Cancelled Today.

Due to all encompassing snow storm classes are cancelled for tonight. Please contact the office for a suitable replacement class. Don’t forget to send your DeviSNOWtion 2017 dancing in the snow photos to the office and we will share them on social media.

January 6-23, 2017
Sarah Murphy Residency

The Leica Hardy School of Dance welcomes Sarah Murphy to the studio during the mont of January. Sarah will be teaching Open Mind, Open Body master classes for Modern D and Modern E students on Mondays & Fridays from January 6-23 as well as creating a full-company work for KiDanCo for their 2017 Spring Season in May.

LHSD students who are currently registered in Modern D or E and who wish to attend the additional classes may do so at a 15% discount. Public rates for single classes and a three-class pass are at the bottom of the flyer below. To register for the additional classes contact the office.

November 27, 2016
Clara’s Gifts Book Launch &
Prelude to The Nutcracker

November 27, 2016      2:00-3:00PM
Halifax Central Library, O’Regan Hall


Clara's Gifts Photo Collage

Experience The Nutcracker like never before! this free, interactive family book launch event includes lively excerpts from Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker, featuring dancers from the cast and the loveable puppets of Mermaid Theatre. A cast member will read excerpts from Clara’s Gifts by Leica hardy, Marianne Ward, and illustrator Emma van Zeumeren, which captures the unique story of the beloved stage production. Attendees of all ages can also try out some of the show’s choreography with a free dance lesson from its expert Artistic Director, Leica Hardy. Presented by Symphony Nova Scotia, Halifax Public Libraries, Leica Hardy School of Dance and Halifax Dance.


Halifax’s hit The Nutcracker runs from December 9-18, 2016 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.

Vladimir, the Russian puppet, from The Nutcracker

(Photo Courtesy of Symphony Nova Scotia)



OCTOBER 29, 2016
Help KiDanCo turn test-drives
into choreography

KiDanCo & Ford Canada Drive 4UR Community fundraising event at MacPhee Ford.

Please help support KiDanCo, the pre-professional company for emerging dance artists at the Leica Hardy School of Dance on Saturday October 29, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by participating in a Drive 4UR Community event at MacPhee Ford, 580 Portland Street, Dartmouth. For every completed test drive, Ford of Canada will donate $20 to the not-for-profit KiDanCo, which the company will put towards new choreography.

Registration is limited and can be done by following the Drive 4UR Community link. Click the “Register Now”.

We also have a Drive 4UR Community Facebook event page. Click “Tickets Available” and then “Register Now”.

Please note that the registration website will only accept one drive per civic address. So feel free to register another family member with your work, cottage or other address.



September 26, 2016
Clara’s Gifts:
A retelling of the Nutcracker Story
Now Available for Pre-Purchase

Clara’s Gifts: A retelling of the Nutcracker story is a gorgeously illustrated picture book that tells the unique Nutcracker story adapted for the stage by Leica Hardy and Graham Whitehead and presented annually since 1991 by Symphony Nova Scotia in partnership with Halifax Dance and Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia under the artistic leadership of choreographer Leica Hardy. For more information and to pre-purchase the book see the Clara’s Gifts page of the website.



May 21 & 22, 2016
KidanCo Spring Season
Celebrating Five Years of Innovative Dance Performance

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April 16, 2016
Kidanco Studio sightings
open public rehearsal

2016-04-16 KiDanCo Studio Sightings Vertical



February 18, 2016
Lucie SCHMIDt accepted to School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional tRaining Program

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Lucie Schmidt in Unfold by Peggy Baker  (Photo: Cathy McKelvey)

A big congratulations for student Lucie Schmidt, who has been accepted to the Professional Training Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre for the fall of 2016. Lucie is currently an advanced student in the Pre-professional Training Program, a Student Teacher-in-Training and since 2011 has been a member of KiDanCo. Her summer students include DANS Summer Dance (2012), The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive (2014 & 2015) and Peggy Baker Dance Projects August Intensive (2015). Performance credits include: Merry Musical Evening and World Wide Open; a musical journey with MITE for Families, as well as Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker for four seasons appearing as a Dorm Girl, Shepherdess and principal Snow Maid.


January 2016
Dance Buddies Mentorship Program

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Don’t you often feel the need to be inspired and isn’t it gratifying to be the source of inspiration for someone?

Don’t you feel great when someone cheers you on and doesn’t it feel satisfying to lend energy when it’s needed?

Don’t you sometimes feel like you need a bit of help to understand and isn’t it gratifying to be the helping support for someone and share your expertise?

In response to a unanimous “Yes!” from the KiDanCo company members we will be starting a Dance Buddies Mentorship Program at LHSD. All younger students are invited to be ‘paired’ with an older student at the school in a buddy system designed to support and inspire. We want to celebrate our accomplishments and hard work. We want to create leadership opportunities for the older students and dance mentoring for the younger. We will pair the younger students with an older dancer who can answer their questions, give them support and guide them through the world of dance. Everyone in the Dance Buddies Mentorship Program will be invited to view their buddy’s classes on class viewing days and exam preparation classes.

If you are interested in participating in the program please send the office an email and we will pair you with an appropriate buddy.

We invite you to be part of an inspired, integrated and enthusiastic dance family at LHSD!


December 2015
Leica Hardy Celebrates 25th Anniversary as Director/Choreographer of The Nutcracker


Nutcracker Poster 2015

It is little wonder this gem of a show has become a Haligonian holiday tradition… – Amanda Campbell, The Way I See It Theatre Blog

This December is a milestone for Artistic Director Leica Hardy as she celebrates her 25th year as the Director & Choreographer of The Nutcracker for Symphony Nova Scotia. It is also an exciting time for 16 of the school’s students who will be appearing in the production this year. They are: Holly Annand, Hayley Bone, Jackie Bone, Sophia Farrah, Ellery Jackson, Vivian Macnab, Elizabeth March, Maggie Oates- Johnson, Mollie Oates-Johnson, Isabel Sarty, Julia Sarty, Lucie Schmidt, Denver Scott, Kerri Sheehan, Hannah Smith and Mackenzie Tomlin.

We are also excited and proud that LHSD alumna, Hannah Mae Cruddas will be appearing as Clara for the second year, courtesy of Ballet Jörgen Canada. As you know Hannah Mae has been a member of Ballet Jörgen Canada for the past four years, after attending the National Ballet School for grades 11 and 12. Hannah grew up through the ranks and roles of The Nutcracker before leaving for Toronto and is excited to return home to lead the cast again this year.

2014- Hannah Mae Développé Devant (Photo Cathy McKelvey)(Hannah Mae Cruddas as ‘Clara’, Photo courtesy of Symphony Nova Scotia)

Performances take place December 4-13, 2015 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. To purchase tickets visit Symphony Nova Scotia.

June 20, 2015
Annual Student Showcase

Poster 2015 Showcase

The Leica Hardy School of Dance will present their annual Student Showcase on Saturday, June 20th, 2015 at 2:30PM and 7:00PM at the Alderney Landing Theatre, Dartmouth. Tickets are Adult $15.50, Student/Senior $12.00 and Child (12 & under) $8.00, plus a $1.00 per ticket box office fee. To purchase contact the Alderney Landing Box Office at 902-461-8401. The students will celebrate their accomplishments performing the choreography of instructors Yukiko Asada, Hayley Bone, Michelle Lehman, Poppy Rouse and Artistic Director Leica Hardy. For further information contact the school at 466-0101 or


May 16 & 17, 2015
KiDanCo Spring Season –
An evening of Joy, Courage & Reflection

2015-05-16 Spring Season - singleKiDanCo, the resident pre-professional company for emerging dance artists at the Leica Hardy School of Dance will present their annual spring season of contemporary dance repertoire at DANSpace-On-Grafton, 1531 Grafton Street (Halifax) on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17 at 7:30PM, with a matineé on May 17 at 2:30PM. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students (12+) and seniors (65+), and $10 for children. To purchase, please contact or phone 466-0101. Payment may be made by cash, cheques to The KiDanCo Dance Society or E-transfer. Tickets at the door are cash only.

The company is honoured to present the works of choreographers Peggy Baker, Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson and Artistic Director, Leica Hardy in this dynamic and inspirational season of joy, courage and reflection. The performance will also feature guest cellist, Shimon Walt, who will accompany the dancers in Bach Unaccompanied. This is a reprise of the highly successful collaboration between choreographer Leica Hardy and Mr. Walt that was performed to sold out audiences in the 2013 St. Cecilia Concert Series.

For more information about the company go to the KiDanCo Performance Season page of the website.



April 17, 2015
Alumna Hannah Mae Cruddas in Cinderella with Ballet Jörgen Canada & Symphony Nova Scotia

We all very proud of Hannah Mae Cruddas who will be performing the role of lead fairy in Cinderella this weekend with Ballet Jörgen Canada and Symphony Nova Scotia. She was featured in an by the Chronicle Herald this week. See: 2015-04-14 Dartmouth dancer dances as fairy godmother in Ballet Jorgen’s Cinderella | The Chronicle Herald

We are also proud of student Mackenzie Tomlin who also performs as a local participant.


October 2-16, 2014
A dancer’s view of Dartmouth

The Exhibit

McKelvey 2525 8 x 12_A Dancer’s View Of Dartmouth was the culmination of a two-year collaborative project with Dartmouth photographer Cathy McKelvey, Artistic Director Leica Hardy and a number of the schools’ current students and alumnae. The result was a collection of over 30 photos of dancers in iconic Dartmouth locations. The exhibit was displayed at the D’art Gallery from Oct. 2-16, 2014 as part of Halifax Regional Municipality’s biannual celebration of photography – Photopolis. For more information about our artistic process see the Hello Dartmouth article by Kate Watson. Photographs from the exhibit are now visible on

Participating dancers were: Hayley Bone, Hannah Mae Cruddas, Emily Howes Vallis, Hilary Knee, Michelle Lehman, Vivian Macnab, Maggie Oates-Johnson, Mollie Oates Johnson, Lucie Schmidt, Hannah Smith, Ampai Thammachack, Emma Van Zeumeren, Anastasia Wiebe, Rebecca Wolfe, and guest Daniel Da Silva of Ballet Jörgen Canada.

McKelvey 2353 20 x 30Fine Art Note Cards

Five Sets of fine art note cards are now available for purchase at the D’art Gallery (Dartmouth), Artistic Sole (Tantallon), The ViewPoint Gallery (Halifax), through Cathy McKelvey and by contacting the school office. Select single cards are available at Duly Noted Stationery (Halifax). We are thrilled that the cards have been select to be part of the 2014 Buy Local Wishlist.

Download the PDF of available Card Sets to see pricing.

The Dart Gallery - D'ance