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Development Weekend 2024
Development Weekend 2024

Fri, Feb 16


Cobequid Dance Academy

Development Weekend 2024

Here we go for year 10! Experience a weekend of amazing dancing and creating with Darryl Tracy, Larry Graves, Ballet Bob and special guest teacher Kate Holden!

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Time & Location

Feb 16, 2024, 3:30 p.m. AST – Feb 19, 2024, 4:30 p.m. AST

Cobequid Dance Academy, 15 Arlington Pl #7, Truro, NS B2N 0G9, Canada

About the event

We're super pumped to be announcing our TENTH annual Development Weekend at CDA! This weekend brings together a group of phenomenal faculty to provide the NS dance community with four days of intensive work focusing on dance technique, creation and exploration. Participants will have the opportunity to take classes in Ballet, Modern, Improvisation and Composition. Each morning will begin with a clinic class to gently warm up the body and bring awareness and intention to the day ahead. Repertoire time is built into the schedule and the weekend will conclude with a demonstration for family and friends.

The weekend is open to dancers ages 10 and up (dancers must be 10 at the time of the event).

Tuition for the full weekend - $180.00 (plus ticket service fee and HST)

Professionals, post-secondary students and adult students wishing to participate may attend on a drop-in basis for $18 per class, or, register for the full weekend and receive a 15% discount. Please email to attend via drop-in or for more information.

Looking for accommodations for the weekend? CDA's hotel of choice is the Inn On Prince! The Inn On Prince is located in downtown Truro within walking distance to CDA, grocery stores, restaurants, cafes and shops!

Registration deadline is February 15th. Refunds will not be issued for non-attendance unless a doctor’s note is provided.


Darryl Tracy (Modern) - Darryl Tracy is a Toronto based independent dance artist (choreographer, interpreter, teacher and producer). He is a senior faculty member at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and as a dancer has created many roles by most of Canada's leading choreographers. He and Heidi Strauss were co-artistic directors of four chambers Dance Projects from 1998-2006, commissioning duets from Canadian choreographers as well as their duet created by Italian-based company Déjà Donné. This duet garnered them a nomination in performance for the prestigious Dora Mavor Moore Award. He was part of the company Sylvain Émard Danse in Montreal for over 4 years dancing and touring in Émard's Temps de chien. He has created over 39 of his own works through commissions and self-produced productions. Most recently, he has choreographed for Connection Dance (NB), George Brown University (Toronto), The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and Sawdon Dance (Winnipeg). His own professional work is based in site specific creations most recently seen at the Rhubarb Festival and Nuit Rose. He was nominated for the K.M. Hunter award in 2013.  As a dancer, he has been on tour with creations by Lesandra Dodson and Marie-Josée Chartier. He is also a physiotherapist specializing in movement and neurological injuries.

Robert McCollum (Ballet Bob - Ballet) - Robert McCollum (Ballet Bob) trained in New York City and went on to dance professionally in both the US and Canada. Acclaimed for his expertise in teaching adults, Robert holds a Cecchetti Associate teaching qualification (with Distinction) and is a graduate of our Teacher Training Program. Mr. McCollum is currently the coordinator of the Adult Ballet Program at NBS and also teaches for the Professional Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Teachers’ Seminar at NBS, and George Brown Theatre School. In 2006, he was invited by Christopher House to teach company class for the award-winning Toronto Dance Theatre and has most recently been offered the opportunity to teach there on a regular basis.

Kate Holden (Improvisation and Composition) - Award winning dance artist Kate Holden has had the pleasure of interpreting the works of many esteemed Canadian choreographers, including Kate Alton, Marc Boivin, CORPUS, Mélanie Demers, Robert Desrosiers, David Earle, Sylvain Émard, Sasha Ivanochko, James Kudelka, Laurence Lemieux, Emily Molnar, Andrea Nann, Yvonne Ng and ProArteDanza; with performances across North America, France, Britain, Holland, and Singapore. She spent five seasons as a company member of Dancemakers under the direction of Michael Trent and was also a dancer with the Danny Grossman Dance Company for two seasons. Kate spent many years working closely with mentor Peggy Baker, and was named Associate Artist with Peggy Baker Dance Projects in 2019. With colleague Kate Franklin, she founded first things first productions, to commission and produce new works by Canadian Choreographers. Kate received her formal training at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and spent many years in Tkaronto engaged in the dance community as an interpreter, rehearsal director, teacher, creator, and producer.

Kate’s practice as a dance artist is influenced by her work as a Craniosacral Therapist and Reflexologist and her curiosity for finding ease and pleasure in an expansive moving body.

Kate lives in Mi’kma’ki/Nova Scotia where she plays, learns and works by the Pijinuiskaq (Lahave River).

Larry Graves (Accompanist) - Juno-nominated, multi-percussionist, drummer and composer Larry Graves has dedicated himself to innovation, exploring rhythm-based performance traditions from around the world through research, creation and teaching.

After studying performance and composition at the Berklee College of Music, Larry became charmed by the deep sounds and wondrous poly-rhythms of West Africa. He has spent a great deal of time traveling and researching music in Ghana, Senegal and Burkina Faso. Under the tutelage of many master-drummers, dancers and singers, Larry learned from cultures that are truly ‘the source’ of so many of the world’s great musical practices.

Larry currently presents rhythm and percussion workshops for people of all ages, performs regularly with various ensembles throughout Canada, teaches drum set and percussion at York University and creates music for various contemporary dance organizations in Toronto.

Formally of Mr. Something Something fame, he now directs the original music-making DRUMHAND,  Surefire Sweat and Ghana-inspired Orkestra Gatigo. He also performs regularly with Toronto’s Urban Highlanders and Asiko Afrobeat to name a few.


  • 1 hour

    Modern with Darryl - Group A

    Studio A

  • 1 hour

    Improv & Creation with Kate - Group B

    Studio D
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  • DW 2024 - Full Registration

    This ticket gives you full access to Development Weekend 2024

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