Since 1982, Leica Hardy has choreographed over 40 works, including The Nutcracker presented annually since 1991 by Symphony Nova Scotia. Two works, The Circus Show: Ophelia’s Folly and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice have been performed for thousands of elementary aged children across Nova Scotia. Significant recent endeavours have been the creation of Flint for Mocean Dance in 2002, and choreography for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s productions of Moons & Mermaids by Laura Jolicoeur and When Dinosaurs Dine by Moonlight by Sheree Fitch. Leica has also been engaged as a rehearsal director and instructor for Mocean Dance.
Leica was an instructor at Halifax Dance from the summer of 1983 until spring 2006. Also during that period she was the Artistic Director of the Young Company of Halifax Dance, which she founded in 1988. Leica holds her Advanced Teacher’s Certificate with the Society of Russian Ballet, and in 1997 became a ballet examiner for the Society and a member of its National Executive Committee. She opened the Leica Hardy School of Dance in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in 2002.
Leica trained extensively in both ballet and modern dance at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, York University, The Banff Centre, and with noted Canadian modern dance instructors Linda Rabin, David Earle, and Carol Anderson. For over a decade she appeared with companies such as Pointépiénu (Montréal), Nova Dance Theatre (Halifax), Spindrift Dance Theatre (Kingston) and as an independent soloist.
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