Dancers & Apprentices

Dancers

Sophia Farrah is 14 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 where she is in the Pre-Professional Training Program and assists with children’s classes. She has enjoyed performing in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker for the past three seasons, appearing as a Local Participant in Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Swan Lake, and performing principal roles in Anne of Green Gables and The Pinocchio Show. Summer studies include Canada’s Ballet Jörgen Intensive Training Program in 2016, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2017, and this summer will attend the Professional Division Intensive at The School of Alberta Ballet. She is a Grade 8 student at L’École du Carrefour and when she’s not dancing she enjoys playing the guitar, acting, singing and yoga. (Joined 2017)

Madeline Hiltz is 15 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 where she is currently in the Intensive Training Program studying ballet, pointe, modern and jazz. In addition, she studied jazz and hip hop at the Celibou Atelier de Dance for three years. In August 2015 she attended the dance intensive program at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts and in summer 2016 attended Canada’s Ballet Jörgen summer intensive program. In the past, Madeline has performed principal roles in The Upstage Studios productions of Cinderella and Annie and in 2017 performed in The Nutcracker with Symphony Nova Scotia. She is in Grade 10 at L’École du Carrefour. She will be attending the International Youth Science and Technology Expo in Shanghai in July. (Joined 2016)

Ellery Jackson is a Grade 9 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 2017. She will be attending the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet School on scholarship 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 sewing, cross-country skiing, art, and spending time with family. (Joined 2017)

Vivian Macnab is 15 and started at Leica Hardy School of Dance at age three. She studies ballet, pointe, classical variations, and jazz, and enjoys assisting with Ballet Primary and Modern A. Vivian consistently receives Distinction on her Society of Russian Ballet exams, which she did again this year for both Elementary and Intermediate. She has performed in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker for five years and in spring 2016 performed in Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Sleeping Beauty as a Local Participant. In 2016, Vivian received a Talent Trust scholarship to attend the summer intensive of the School of Alberta Ballet’s Professional Division; this summer she will return for their senior intensive. In summer 2017, Vivian shared her love of dance by volunteering for the Inclusive Movement camp at Halifax Dance. Vivian is in Grade 10 French Immersion at Dartmouth High School and has a particular interest in sciences. (Joined 2015)M

Livia Nauss began dancing at age three and began studying ballet at the 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 and modern. In 2016 Livia was a Local Participant in Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s The Sleeping Beauty and performed in The Nutcracker with Symphony Nova Scotia in 2017. Livia is in Grade 8 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 12 years old and has been dancing at the Leica Hardy School of Dance since age three, where she is currently in the Pre-Professional Training Program, studying ballet, pointe, modern and jazz, and assisting with children’s ballet. She was recently awarded the mark of distinction for her Society of Russian Ballet Level Eight and Pre-Elementary examinations. Maggie also dances at Halifax Dance and the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. Maggie has performed in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker since 2014, and recently performed as a Local Participant in Anastasia with Canada’s Ballet Jorgen. In summer 2017 and 2016 Maggie attended Canada’s National Ballet School and this summer will attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Connecticut. Maggie received Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarships in 2017 and 2018 and awarded the Trust’s 2017 Robert George Jackson Award for dance. Maggie also enjoys music, friends, and family time. (Joined 2017).

Mollie Oates-Johnson is 15 years old and has been dancing at the Leica Hardy School of Dance since age three where she is currently in the Pre-Professional Training Program, studying ballet, pointe, modern and jazz, and assisting with children’s ballet. She was recently awarded the mark of distinction for her Society of Russian Ballet Level Elementary and Intermediate examinations. Mollie also trains intensively at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. She has performed in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker since 2013, and in 2014 was a Local Participant in Romeo and Juliet with Canada’s Ballet Jorgen. Summer studies include the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (2015), Canada’s National Ballet School (2016, 2017) and this summer she will attend The Dallas Conservatory, Ellison Ballet in NYC and the School of Alberta Ballet. She received Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarships for summer training in 2017 and 2018. Mollie also enjoys knitting, sewing, and family time. (Joined 2015).

Denver Scott is 17 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 Intermediate examination. In 2012 she also trained at Halifax Dance. Denver has performed in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker for the past four seasons, most recently in leading roles. In the summer of 2017 she attended the professional programs at École de danse contemporaine de Montréal and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Denver is a Grade 12 student at Citadel High School. This coming fall Denver will start her first year in the Professional Training Program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. (Joined 2015)

Keri Sheehan is 14 years old and is in the Intensive Training Program at the Leica Hardy School of Dance studying ballet, pointe, jazz and modern. She also trains at Halifax Dance. Keri will be attending the School of Alberta Ballet’s Professional Division – Summer Intensive Program this July. Keri attended Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s 2016 Summer Intensive Program in Toronto. Other dance intensives include: Halifax Dance in 2016 and Coastal Dance in 2015. In 2016 she was selected for the ballet program at the John Curtin College of the Arts in Western Australia. Early stage experiences were gained with Dartmouth Dance Academy, Neptune Theatre School, Upstage Studios and playing piano and violin. One of Keri’s most significant achievements has been performing in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker for the past three seasons. Keri is very pleased to be a member of KiDanCo for a second season. (Joined 2017)

Grace Skinner is 14 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 Eight with the Society of Russian Ballet. Grace performed in The Nutcracker with Symphony Nova Scotia in 2016 as a member of the children’s cast and in 2017 as Emily, the Rag Doll. In 2017 she was a Local Participant in Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s production of Swan Lake. Grace plans on returning to the Teen Intensive at the Toronto Dance Theatre this summer for the second time. When she is not dancing, Grace still loves to perform – playing trombone, and piano. Grace is a Grade 8 French Immersion student at Caledonia Junior High. (Joined 2017)

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, pointe, modern and jazz. In December 2017 Mackenzie performed in her fourth season of The Nutcracker with Symphony Nova Scotia. She has appeared as a Local Participant with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen for four seasons and attended their Summer Intensive in 2016. In July of 2017 she attended the School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Pre-Professional Summer Intensive Program. Mackenzie also enjoys assisting with the children’s ballet classes at the Leica Hardy School of Dance, biking, cooking, and baking. She is a Grade 10 student in the Pre-International Baccalaureate program 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)

Emily Wei is 13 years old and started dancing at the age of seven. Her first dance school was Cadance Academy until training at Maritime Dance Academy for four years. This year Emily joined the Leica Hardy School of Dance and is in the Pre-Professional training program studying pointe, ballet, modern, and jazz. She was accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s summer program in 2016 and 2017. Emily has completed ballet exams with the Society of Russian Ballet to Level 8 and has performed in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker for two seasons. She has also performed in Ballet Jörgen’s 2018 production of Anastasia. Emily is currently in Grade 8 and loves science and math. In her leisure time she likes to play with her dog, play piano, bake and read. (Apprentice Member 2018)

 

 

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