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The Diane Moore Creation Award

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Diane Moore

Created in 2007, this award honours Live Art Dance’s founder, Diane Moore. Diane was deeply passionate about stimulating and promoting new dance creations and was inspiring in her tremendous support for Atlantic Canadian artists. The award is given in memory of Diane’s remarkable contributions to the growth of the local dance ecology. 

This award is made possible through the generous support of Neal Livingston and Dance Nova Scotia.

Diane Moore Creation Award

Deadline – April 24, 2024 at Midnight

Live Art Dance is grateful and privileged to work in Kjipuktuk, on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. This land is governed by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship, signed by Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik people with the British crown between 1725 and 1779. We are all Treaty People.

Live Art Dance also recognizes the African Nova Scotian communities who have called this land home for 400 years, and whose labour has been integral to the infrastructure of city in which we work.

We warmly invite applications from underrepresented and underserved communities. We are committed to programming work by artists who self-identify as racialized, IBPOC, 2SLGBTQ+, d/Deaf, disabled, Mad, neurodivergent, and/or facing other systemic challenges and barriers in dance.

Value of the Award

The 2024 Diane Moore Creation Award is comprised of a cash award of $2,000.00 plus 50 hours of free studio time at DANSpace (value $1,000.00).

This award is made possible through a generous donation by Neal Livingston. The studio component of the award has been donated by Dance Nova Scotia, providing the award winner with 50 hours of studio space during the months of June, July and August. 


To be eligible you have to:  

  • Be a professional and/or emerging dance creator
  • Reside in one of the four Atlantic provinces and have done so for at least one full year prior to the application deadline
  • Be applying with a creation-based project
  • Be applying with a project created by an Atlantic dance creator. A project that uses a choreographer from outside the Atlantic Region is not eligible, although such a person could be an ‘outside eye’.  

Note: Projects involving studying or dance training at an institution or dance training facility are not eligible.

The Submission Process

Applications should be submitted through this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdULx6i36pmfCToBpeh4Kb0vxJCDdLVrCeEldTGlfpfB_HMuw/viewform?usp=sf_link 

Applications must be submitted no later than midnight, April 24th, 2024. 

* If applying through the linked form, or any aspect of the form, presents a barrier for you, please connect with Liliona Quarmyne at [email protected] *

The Selection Process

A jury consisting of three people – one from the Live Art Dance Board of Directors and two from the professional arts community – will evaluate the applications. The Artistic Director of Live Art Dance does not sit on this committee.

Selection criteria will focus on the creative elements of the project and the importance the project plays in the applicant’s development as an artist.

Other Things To Know

The award is intended to stimulate and support the creation of contemporary dance in the Atlantic Region. 

The funds do not have to result in a finished work, and may be used for movement research or to explore new ideas. 

A project may be entirely funded by this award alone or have additional support – other sources of funding are not a requirement. However, if you have other funding – either confirmed or applied for – you should include details of that funding in your budget.  

The successful applicant will need to report on how the award was used.

Please feel free to reach out to Liliona Quarmyne at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Thank you for your interest in the 2024 Diane Moore Creation Award!

About Diane Moore

Diane Moore was a key member of the Canadian dance community for over 25 years. She was admired throughout the country for her work as a presenter, curator, choreographer and dancer. Diane was the founder and artistic director of the Eye Level Gallery New Dance Series and Live Art Productions. Her support and belief in individual artists, and her encouragement to emerging artists and companies was second to none. Diane was a founding board member of the Candance Network, a pan Canadian organization of specialized dance presenters. In 1976 Diane became a founding member of the Halifax Dance Co-op Company, Nova Scotia’s second Modern Dance company. In 2002 Diane was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Merit Award.

Through teaching, mentoring, managing, producing and presenting, Diane ensured the continued growth of the dance community locally, nationally and internationally. Diane was instrumental in the introduction of somatics, a body-mind approach to movement, within dance technique training, choreographic research, and injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Past Diane Moore Recipients