Halifax Dance, a registered charity and leader in the arts community for over 45 years, began with a group of visionaries who recognized the importance of creating a safe and joyful space to share the love of dance with our community. Pat Richards, Penelope Evans, Susan Young, Rich Campbell, Ellen Pierce and Elizabeth Zimmer were the six signing authorities on the first paperwork drafting the Halifax Dance Co-Op in 1972.
In the years that followed, Halifax Dance became a registered non-profit charity and the school expanded to include a broad spectrum of dance styles to students of all ages and abilities. Six dedicated instructors founded and shaped the Halifax Dance program as we know it today: Veronique Mackenzie, Mary Lou Martin, Marel Eager, Andrea Leigh-Smith, Leica Hardy and Penelope Evans. These women build the Intensive Training Program and created the annual performance opportunities that our students and families look forward to each year, including the Children's Showcase and the Young Company.
The Founders Studio honours and celebrates the contributions of these important voices in Halifax Dance's history and serves to continue their legacy for generations to come.