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Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal

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Arts Across Canada, Public Outreach

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

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Contemporary Dance Festival Rocks Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Four dancers in full flight.
Image taken from the FODAR livestream of “Strike Tone,” with dancers (left to right) Gillian Seaward-Boone, Kathleen Doherty, Anastasia Wiebe, and Julie Robert, August 2020. Photographer(s): Kent Nason

The Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal (FODAR) is a dance festival that takes place annually in the historic, rural community of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, population 490.

Nova Scotia’s only contemporary dance festival

The festival is the only one of its kind in Nova Scotia and the main professional dance activity in the province outside Halifax. It has a reputation for bringing contemporary dance to a mostly rural area through carefully curated programs that blend revivals of past classics with today’s dance practices. Shows are presented in the century-old King’s Theatre, and in 2019 the festival celebrated its fifth anniversary.

Festival offers accessible, diverse programming

FODAR 2019 included both Indigenous and contemporary work from Toronto, Halifax and Montréal, as well as a flamenco workshop for the public, a community procession dance, and post-show meet-and-greets. These activities continued the festival’s tradition of offering a wide range of accessible, diverse dance works that explore a range of themes for audiences. 


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