Faculty 2019

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2019 -2020

Micaela Archer-Shee ARAD RAD RTS

Director / Owner   

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Artistic Director Coastal Dance Thetare Society

Director of Coastal Dance of Dartmouth, N.S. since 1994, Micaela began training under the direction of Nora Oakey, ARAD, T.Dip. and was a founding member of Halifax Dance YoCo. She continued her professional training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Banff Centre for the Arts and graduated from École Supérieure de Danse du Québec. She has also studied in Germany, Toronto, Pennsylvania, and New York. She holds her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 2 as well as her Russian Advanced certificate. She is an elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance(ARAD) and is a Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher(RTS). 

A recipient of several Nova Scotia Talent Trust Awards, The Banff Centre for the Arts Scholarship, the MT&T New Choreographers award and Canada Council Emerging Artist award as well as Nova Scotia Arts Council grants.

Micaela has performed professionally with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Les Jeune Ballets de Quebec and at the Toronto Fringe Festival of Independent Artists (Ffida), Halifax Live Art & the Atlantic Fringe Festival as well as a member of Coastal Dance Theatre.

Dancers from Coastal Dance have studied world wide attending some of the most prestigious schools and professional companies in the world such as The Juilliard School, Joffery Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, The National Ballet school of Canada, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Toronto Dance Theatre and Netherlands Dance Theatre II, Albert Ballet II, Ballet B.C.

In 2018 Micaela became Certified  in the Progressive Ballet Technique.

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Artistic Advisor : 

Nora Oakey B.A., ARAD  RTS

Nora Oakey, trained under Lusia Pavlychenko in Saskatoon and Celia Franca at the National Ballet School. She performed with the Banff Centre Opera under the direction of Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrally. Mrs. Oakey holds her RAD Advanced Certificate as well as her RAD Teaching Diploma. An Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance, she directed Scotia Ballet Studio from 1982-1992 before helping Micaela establish Coastal Dance as its Artistic Advisor. A much loved and respected teacher, her wisdom and generosity continue to guide and shape young dancers.

(currently retired from weekly teaching)

Carol Jedidi RAD RTS: Ballet 


Born in England , Carol Jedidi first trained under Bettie Vowles at the Westbury School of Dance and Drama in Bristol . She then moved on to train full time at the Urdang Academy of Performing Arts in Covent Garden , London , for three years , gaining her RAD registered teachers Certificate. A brief performing experience took her to Tunisia , North Africa ,where she met her husband and settled down ,opening and running for many years ,the only dance school in Tunisia to offer an internationally recognized dance programe . In 2008, to escape the unsettled political environment in the region , she and her family moved to Nova Scotia where they settled and have been living ever since . Teaching in many of the dance schools in and around Halifax , she became in 2012, an Associate of The Society of Russian Ballet .  She also acts as Rehearsal Mistress for Coastal Dance Theatre Society.

2018: Certification in Progrossive Ballet Technique


Julia Colpitts: Jazz , Modern ,  Ballet 

Julia began her training at Coastal Dance at the age of 4, where she has studied many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, and lyrical. At age 13 Julia became a full member of Coastal Dance Theatre Society and performed many lead roles in productions such as "The Nutcracker", "Alice in Winterland", and "A Christmas Carol". Julia volunteered under the teachers assistant program for several years, and holds her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 2 certificate.

Currently attending Dalhousie Univserity, and is also a rehearsal MIstress for Coastal Dance Theatre Society, helping lead the Performance classes and shape the young dancers of the Intensive program.

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Karla Hodge : Jazz

Karla Hodge is a Contemporary Jazz and Musical Theatre Choreographer/Teacher who has worked professionally in both theatre and dance for over twenty years. Karla has choreographed many full length productions including; Grease, Hair, Urine town and most recently Bare. Her contemporary work has been performed by many local pre-professional dance and theatre companies in the city. Karla has donated her time to the arts community by sitting on many Board of Directors including; The Preston Arts Theatre Board, Kinetic Studio Board, Coastal Dance Theatre Society and The Woods. Karla has trained in Royal Academy of Dance for over twenty years with Micaela Archer-Shee & Nora Oakey and had muliti-discipline modern, jazz and hip hop training from  Peggy Baker, Jayson Wright, and Lenny de la Pena.

Rachael Dyer  BA, TTP-Dip (NBS)


Rachael Dyer has extensive training and experience in dance instruction. She is a graduate of the Teacher Training Program at The Conservatory (Halifax), and holds a degree from Saint Mary’s University. She went on to graduate from the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School, and obtained certification with the Royal Academy of Dance, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (National Branch) and the Canadian Dance Teacher's Association. Ms. Dyer has taught in recreational and professional settings throughout the Maritimes and Toronto since 1993.

Robyn Zwicker: Yoga


Robyn is passionate about sharing her love of yoga with children. She has been teaching children for over 20 years as she is also a Physical Eduycation teacher with the Halifax Regional School Board. Robyn is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher as well as 95 hour certified children's yoga teacher.

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Georgia Skinner :  Modern 

Originally from Halifax, Georgia Skinner trained in classical dance since age three at Coastal Dance and continued to train in contemporary, modern, ballet (RAD) and hip hop through high school. She graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program in 2014 where she worked with many esteemed dance artists such as Christopher House, Darryl Tracy, Robert Desrosiers, and Ted Robinson. She travelled to various Canadian cities for dance training during her years in school, and is currently basing her professional career in her hometown. She has also attended ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria for professional development training and was greatly inspired by teachers such as Doris Uhlich, Phillippe Riera, Clara Furey, Peter Jasko, Bruno Caverna, and others. 

She is currently working with professional Modern company Mocean Dance.

Junior  school teachers


Abbie Shea  ADV.2


Paige Colpitts ADV. 2


Jenna Robinson AdV.2 

New to our faculty 2019-2020


Charlotte Dort


Emily Turple


Sidney Buchanan