Gen Y Project 2012

Gen Y Project Youth Performers - 2012

Choreography by Sara Coffin
Photo Credit: Holly Crooks

Mocean, through their performances and workshops, makes modern dance an approachable, inspiring, and fascinating experience.

- Michelle MacMillan-Turner, Teacher, Sir John A. Macdonald High School


The Founders of Mocean Dance answer some of the most frequently asked questions from school workshops and performances.

Where can I take dance classes?
There are dance classes all over the world, in everything from ballet to hip hop, tap to traditional Chinese. If you enter “dance classes” and the name of your community or region into an internet search you will probably come up with some listings. In Nova Scotia, we have a special organization call Dance Nova Scotia that encourages dance activity all over our province. They keep a list of dance schools and can help interested students find the teachers who offer classes nearest to them. Most other provinces and states have similar organizations that are sometimes called Dance Service Organizations or Dance Umbrellas.

What does a day of work entail for a dancer?
Dancers have to train almost as much as they rehearse. A typical day might include a two-hour dance or body conditioning class in the morning, followed by a one-hour rehearsal. After a break for lunch and a little time to let the body rest from all that hard work, the dancers will spend three or four hours in the afternoon rehearsing or creating new work. Some dancers take an additional class in the evening in other specialties, others work at jobs like teaching dance. Some run their own dance companies and spend time in the evenings writing grant proposals and doing the administrative work to keep everything in order.

Can you be a dancer and have another career at the same time?
If you want to be a full time dancer in a company, whether ballet or modern, at a certain point you have to choose to commit to your passion for dance. For a long time the Mocean dancers were part time dancers, part time students, and held other part time jobs. It is possible to dance and work at other things at the same time, but being a professional dancer is like any other profession and it takes most of your time. Some kinds of dance, like the traditional folk dance forms, are more recreational and although they may perform and have companies, they can often also have other jobs. 

How long have you been dancing?
Most of us started when we were very young, but some dancers start later when they are teenagers.

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Photograph by Holly Crooks