Support, strength, and solidarity to our dance artist communities in this very challenging time! We are gathering some resources and ideas that might be helpful over these next days, weeks and months. If you are discovering things that you would like to share, please let us know. We hope that you are all healthy, safe, and supported.
This information will be updated as much as possible. This is a working list based on many organizations' efforts, including WHO, CDA, DTRC, Canada Council for the Arts, & Dance NS, among others.
Health & Safety
World Health Organization - Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus (videos and infographics available)
The Province of Nova Scotia information center: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/
The Government of Canada updates: Covid -19 Response Centre
Canadian Dance Assembly* - COVID-19 News Alert
*If you’ve been affected by cancelled performances, please be in touch with the CDA office as they are keeping track of the economic impact on the sector. Email
Peak Resilience - Complete Mental Health Guide During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Financial Aid & Funding
Chronicle Herald - The Emergency Response Benefit: How it works and How to Get it
Canada Council for the Arts - Impact of COVID-19 on Funded Projects
Government of Canada Economic Response Plan - The Emergency Support Benefit
Dancer Transition Resource Center - Responding to Dancers Needs (COVID-19)
Banff Centre - Resources List
Online Training Opportunities
Dancing Alone Together - An aggregation of live-streamed dance-based classes. Schedule updated daily.
Danse à la carte (Montréal) - Daily Ballet Barre
Gaga (New York, Tel Aviv) - 8 Classes Daily, 7 days a week
Please get in touch with us if you require any assistance obtaining additional resources or information. Keep checking back in for more!
Kinetic Studio is a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation, development and presentation of contemporary dance. Based in K'jipuktuk/Halifax, we support professional dance artists by providing workshops, classes, artistic residencies, a seasonal program of finished and unfinished works, and more. We aim to foster a supportive, responsive and flexible environment that allows dance artists at all levels to develop to their full artistic potential.
The work of Kinetic Studio takes place in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral home and unceded traditional land of the Mi'kmaq people. We are grateful to be on this land, and have deep respect for those who have been its caretakers for many generations. We are committed to working to understand and live by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship which govern this land.
The Open Studio Series
Kinetic Studio offers professional choreographers the opportunity to show in-progress or finished works through our Open Studio Series. Through this series, Kinetic presents curated performances of work three times a season, showcasing the pieces of approximately 15 choreographers in total. The majority of the participating artists are local, but we also include some out-of-town artists each season. Successful artists receive an honorarium, access to rehearsal space, and documentation of their work.
Through the support of the Craig Foundation, Kinetic Studio provides extra support to an artist to explore new or developing dimensions of their choreographic process. Each year the program is custom-tailored to the needs of the Explorations artist, with support generally including access to rehearsal space, a stipend, documentation, and the opportunity to show work multiple times over the season.
Kinetic Studio offers artistic residencies to dance artists and those wishing to explore dance and movement in their artistic practices. These residencies are offered to artists whose work falls within Kinetic Studio’s mandate, and most often take the form of access to rehearsal space. Other supports can also be considered.
Taking Steps to Fly
Jointly organized by Dance Nova Scotia and Kinetic Studio, Taking Steps to Fly is an annual showcase that provides young choreographers with the opportunity to present their work.
Participation is by application, with the showcase taking place in February of each year. Further information can be found here.
Please contact the Artistic Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on any of our programs.