Hilary Knee, Joshua Murphy and Candice Pike sit in chairs all facing the same direction. They are wearing denim, knits and flannels. Candice has her foot up on the back of one chair. They are all in conversation.

Winner of the 2021 DMCA

Photo Credit: Kassie Lukeman

Candice Pike

Live Art Dance is pleased to announce that Newfoundland and Labrador choreographer Candice Pike is the winner of the 2021 Diane Moore Creation Award (DMCA). This annual award honours Live Art Dance’s founder Diane Moore and is inspired by her passion for dance creation and her support of Atlantic Canadian Artists. The DMCA was initiated to stimulate and sustain the creation of contemporary dance in the Atlantic Region. Administered by Live Art Dance, the award is adjudicated by an independent arm’s length jury of three individuals who have an extensive knowledge of dance in the Atlantic Region.

2021 Diane Moore Creation Award


The amount of this year’s award has increased from $2,000 to $5,000. The DMCA is the largest non-governmental award for dance creation in Atlantic Canada. These funds have been raised through dedicated fundraising on the part of Live Art Dance, a sizeable donation by film maker and environmental activist, Neal Livingston and a partnership with Dance Nova Scotia. The 2021 award will go to support the creation of Ruralesque, which Candice Pike describes as “…a dance work at the intersection of contemporary dance, burlesque, and embodied experiences of Newfoundland culture.”

“It’s an honour to receive this award from Live Art Dance in the legacy of Diane Moore. Like Diane, I feel strongly about the relevance and importance of Dance being made in Atlantic Canada. I feel a sense of responsibility to live and work here and to make space and opportunities for others to do the same. This award will allow me to continue to do this work with an amazing team of Newfoundland and Labrador artists including Josh Murphy, Hilary Knee, and Lois Brown.”

“Live Art Dance is proud to offer this annual award in memory of our founder, Diane Moore,” said Artistic Director Randy Glynn. “And we are thrilled that we have been able to more than double the value of the award in these truly vexing times. Each year the quantity and calibre of the applications we receive indicate what a vibrant, creative and growing dance community we have in Atlantic Canada – and we are delighted to be a part of it.”

Candice describes Ruralesque as a choreographic creation project that takes her artistic work to a new place by building on initiatives and ideas that she has recently been exploring. These include rural aesthetics; site specific choreography, and the interwoven processes of creation and community.

“I am deeply motivated to explore unique and relevant approaches to dance-making in nonurban areas that respect local communities, and to discover how what emerges is different from current Canadian contemporary dance aesthetics. I’m particularly excited to do this through Ruralesque which address several deep and rich questions around identity, belonging, the body, and the links between tradition and contemporaneity.”

Candice Pike is a white woman with a round face and a big smile. She is wearing a grey toque, jean jacket and sits on a white wood chair in front of a green tarp. She is outside and holding a can of pineapple Crush.

About Candice Pike

Candice Pike is a dance artist, educator, and administrator based in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. She is the first recipient of the DMCA from that province. Candice uses a gentle approach to create, interpret, and share dance through both a somatic (movement which emphasizes internal physical perception and experience) and an intellectual lens.

She brings an eclectic background of movement, artistic, and administrative experience to her dance works and continues to consider unique ways to create and present dance in rural locations.

Candice also practices ‘community networking choreography’ through designing and facilitating arts engagement and mentorship programs.

She is committed to empowering people to understand their own untapped potential for movement and personal vision through her work as a dance educator. She facilitates classes and workshops using her distinctive approach to movement, improvisation, and creativity education.

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