Dancers & Apprentices

Dancers


Madeline Hiltz
is 14 years old and has been dancing since the age of three. After studying at Coastal Dance, she began her training at the Leica Hardy School of Dance in 2010. As well, she studied jazz and hip hop at the Celibou Atelier de Dance for three years. Madeline is now in the Pre-Professional Training Program at the Leica Hardy School of Dance studying ballet, pointe, modern and jazz. In the fall of 2016 she also began assisting with the Ballet Primary. In August 2015 she attended the dance intensive at the Ross Creek Centre For The Arts and in summer 2016 attended Canada’s Ballet Jörgen Summer Intensive. In the past, Madeline has also performed principal roles in The Upstage Studios productions of Cinderella and Annie. She is in Grade 9 at L’École du Carrefour. (Joined 2016)

Vivian Macnab is 14 years old and has been dancing with the Leica Hardy School of Dance since she was three. She is in the school’s Pre-Professional Training Program, studying ballet, pointe, jazz, and modern, and she assists with Ballet 4. She has repeatedly received the mark of Distinction on her recent Society of Russian Ballet examinations. Vivian has performed in Symphony Nova Scotia’s production of The Nutcracker for the past four years and in spring 2016 performed in Sleeping Beauty as a Local Participant with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen. Last year she received a Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarship to attend the summer intensive of the School of Alberta Ballet’s Professional Division; this year she has been invited to participate in Ballet Jörgen’s Summer IV Intensive to take place in July. Vivian is a Grade 9 student in Late French Immersion at Caledonia Junior High. (Joined 2015)

Elizabeth March is 17 years old and began dancing at the age of three. She trained at Maritime Dance Academy until joining the Leica Hardy School of Dance in 2008. As an Intensive Training Program student at the school she is currently studying ballet and modern dance. In December of 2016 she performed in her third season of Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker. Elizabeth is currently a Grade 12 student at Dartmouth High School and will be attending Mount Allison University in September of 2017. (Joined 2013).

Mollie Oates-Johnson is 14 years old and has been studying at the Leica Hardy School of Dance since age three, where she is currently in the Pre-Professional Training Program, studying ballet, modern and jazz, and assisting with children’s ballet. She recently completed her Society of Russian Ballet Pre-Elementary examination with the mark of Distinction. Mollie performed in Romeo & Juliet (2014) as local participant with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, and has performed for four seasons in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker. Last summer, Mollie attended the Professional Program at Canada’s National Ballet School, and is returning this summer, as a recipient of a Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarship. Other summer intensives include the professional program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Ross Creek Centre For The Arts, and other local schools. Mollie also enjoys knitting, sewing, and yoga (Joined 2015).

Denver Scott is 16 years old, and began dancing at the age of four. She trained at the Amherst Dance Academy in 2004 and performed in their annual Nutcracker for three seasons. She joined the Leica Hardy School of Dance in 2008 where she currently studies ballet and modern in their Intensive Training Program, and has completed her Society of Russian Ballet Level Elementary examination. In 2012 she also trained at Halifax Dance. Denver has performed in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker for the past three seasons, most recently in leading roles. This summer she will attend the professional programs at École de danse contemporaine de Montréal and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Denver is a Grade 11 student in the International Baccalaureate program at Citadel High School. (Joined 2015)

Mackenzie Tomlin started dancing with the Leica Hardy School of Dance at age three. She is currently in the Pre-Professional Training Program at the school where she studies ballet, modern and jazz. In December 2016 Mackenzie performed in her third season of The Nutcracker with Symphony Nova Scotia. She has appeared as a Local Participant with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen for four seasons. In the summer of 2016 she attended the dance intensive at Canada’s Ballet Jörgen. Mackenzie also enjoys assisting with the children’s ballet classes at the Leica Hardy School of Dance, cooking, baking, biking and playing the piano and flute. She is in Grade 9 at L’École du Carrefour and was delighted to return to KiDanCo for another fun season. Don’t count the days, make the days count. (Joined 2015)

Apprentices

Sophia Farrah is 13 years old and has been dancing since the age of three. After training with Dartmouth Dance Academy, she joined the Leica Hardy School of Dance in 2010. Sophia is currently in the school’s Pre-Professional Training Program, studying ballet, pointe, modern and jazz. She has enjoyed performing in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker for the past two seasons. In the summer of 2016 she trained with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen in their intensive training program and was a local participant in their 2017 production of Swan Lake. Sophia has performed principal roles in past theatrical productions of Anne of Green Gables, and The Pinocchio Show. She is a Grade 7 student at L’École du Carrefour and when she’s not dancing she enjoys playing the guitar, singing and yoga. This summer she will be attending the Teen Intensive at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. (Joined 2017)

Ellery Jackson is a Grade 8 student at L’École du Carrefour. She has studied dance locally at the Leica Hardy School of Dance, Coastal Dance, Halifax Dance, and Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. Ellery attended the National Ballet School Summer program in 2016 and is excited to return this summer. Ellery is a proud recipient of Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarships in 2016 and 2017, and the Trust’s 2016 Robert George Jackson Award for dance. Ms. Jackson has performed in the Symphony Nova Scotia production of The Nutcracker since 2013 and has performed with KiDanCo, Coastal Dance Theatre, Veronique Mackenzie, and was a guest performer with Mocean Dance and Canada’s Ballet Jörgen. When not dancing, Ellery enjoys kayaking, cross-country skiing, art, and spending time with family. (Joined 2017)

Livia Nauss began dancing at age three, and began studying ballet with Leica Hardy School of Dance at age five. She spent five years in competitive dance before transitioning in 2016 to the Intensive Training Program at the Leica Hardy School of Dance where she studies ballet, modern and jazz. In 2016 Livia was a Local Participant in the Sleeping Beauty with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, and in 2017 joined KiDanCo as an Apprentice. Livia is in Grade 7 in the early French-immersion program at Astral Drive Junior High where she is on the Principal’s List. She enjoys being active, playing flag football and competing in sprint kayaking and track & field. (Joined 2017)


Maggie Oates-Johnson
is 11 years old and has been dancing at the Leica Hardy School of Dance since age three. As part of the Pre-Professional Training Program she studies ballet, modern and jazz, and joined KiDanCo as an apprentice for this 2017 season. She was recently awarded the mark of Distinction for her Society of Russian Ballet Level Seven examination. Maggie has performed for the past three seasons in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker. In summer 2016, Maggie attended the Professional Program at Canada’s National Ballet School, and is looking forward to returning this summer 2017, as a recipient of a Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarship. Other summer intensives include Halifax Dance, the Maritime Conservatory, and Coastal Dance. Maggie also enjoys musical theatre and plays violin and saxophone. (Joined 2017)

Keri Sheehan is a Grade 7 student at Bicentennial Junior High School. Keri began dance and gymnastics at the age of three and trained at Dartmouth Dance Academy and Halifax Alta Gymnastics Club. She gained stage experiences through Neptune Theatre and Upstage Studios programs and playing violin. In 2013, Keri joined the Leica Hardy School of Dance and is in the Pre-Professional Training Program studying ballet, pointe, jazz and modern. She attended Canada’s Ballet Jörgen summer intensive in Toronto in 2016. Other summer dance intensives include Halifax Dance (2016) and Coastal Dance (2015). Last year, Keri was selected for the John Curtin College of the Arts – Ballet Program in Western Australia. She performed with Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker for the past two seasons and is very pleased to be an apprentice with KiDanCo. (Joined 2017)

Grace Skinner is 13 years old and began her dance training with the Dartmouth Dance Academy at age three. At age six, she moved to the Leica Hardy School of Dance where she is currently in the Pre-Professional Training Program studying ballet, pointe, modern and jazz. She has completed ballet exams to Level Seven with the Society of Russian Ballet. In December 2016 Grace performed in The Nutcracker with Symphony Nova Scotia, and in 2017 was a local participant in Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s production of Swan Lake. Grace plans to attend the Teen Intensive at the Toronto Dance Theatre this summer.  When she is not dancing, Grace still loves to perform – playing trombone, piano and fiddle, and an occasional performance with Upstage Studios or PA Players. Grace is a Grade 7 French Immersion student at Caledonia Junior High. (Joined 2017)

 

 

Photo of Mollie Oates-Johnson by Tina Oates-Johnson.
All other photos by Rebecca Wolfe.