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Leica Hardy is a master teacher, artistic director and choreographer and for thirty years has worked in Nova Scotia to instil a love of dance in people of all ages. In 2002 Leica founded the Leica Hardy School of Dance, followed by the founding of KiDanCo for pre-professional dance artists in 2012. Previously she was on the faculty of the Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts from 2004-2012 and from1988-2006 was the Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of the Young Company of Halifax Dance and an instructor at the school. Leica holds her Advanced Teacher’s Certificate with the Society of Russian Ballet and since 1997 she has been a ballet examiner for the Society and a member of its National Executive Committee.
Leica’s students have gone on to study at such institutions as: Canada’s National Ballet School, The School of the Toronto Dance Theatre, The North Carolina School of the Arts, École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Peridance Professional Training Program and Alvin Ailey/Fordham. Former students have worked, or are currently working with Mocean Dance, Ballet Jorgen Canada, Parsons Dance, The National Ballet of Canada, the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, O Vertigo and as independent performers and choreographers.
Leica trained extensively 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 and David Earle. She enjoyed 20 years of performing professionally and since 1982 has choreographed more than 40 works, including pieces for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia and Mocean Dance. In December 2013 Leica will celebrate her 23rd season as the director/choreographer of Symphony Nova Scotia’s beloved, annual presentation of The Nutcracker.
In May 2011 Leica was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from St. Mary’s University, to honour her contribution to dance and the arts in the Atlantic region.