Artistic Director

Micaela Archer-Shee ARAD RAD RTS

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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. Micaela has been 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.

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, Boston Ballet, The National Ballet school of Canada, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Toronto Dance Theatre,  Netherlands Dance Theatre II and Alberta Ballet II.

As Resident Choreographer, Micaela has created full length ballets for the "Concerts for Children" series such as The Nutcracker, Snow Queen, A Christmas Carol, Alice in Winterland. She also creates for the “In Concert” Series  both Classical and Contemporary works. As well as a touring production of "Peter and the Wolf" which is presetned at Local Schools.

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