Diane Moore: This photo is in black and white. She is a white woman with dark, long wavy hair, she has brown eyes and is smiling into the camera.

The Diane Moore Creation Award

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Diane Moore

This award honours Live Art Dance’s founder, Diane Moore. In 2007, LAD’s board of directors and staff created the Diane Moore Creation Award. This award is in memory of Moore’s contributions to the local dance ecology. Diane was deeply passionate about stimulating and promoting new dance creations and was inspiring in her tremendous support for Atlantic Canadian artists.

With the generous support of Neal Livingston and Dance Nova Scotia, Live Art Dance has been able to continue to offer and grow this award from $500 to $5000, stimulating and supporting the creation of contemporary dance in the Atlantic Region!

Creation Award


This award honours Live Art Dance’s founder, Diane Moore. Diane was deeply passionate about stimulating and promoting new dance creations and her tremendous support for Atlantic Canadian artists was inspiring.

Value of the Award

The 2021 Diane Moore Creation Award is comprised of a cash award for $5,000.00 plus 50 hours of free studio time at DanSpace in Halifax (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 and is available to the recipient only in the months of June, July and August.


Professional and emerging dancers and choreographers from the four Atlantic Provinces are eligible to apply. Applicants must currently reside in Atlantic Canada and have done so for at least one full calendar year prior to the application deadline. The award is for creation-based projects. 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.

The funds do not have to result in a finished work but may be used for movement research or to explore new ideas. Your project may be entirely funded by this award alone and you are not required to have other sources of funding for your project. However, if you have other funding, either confirmed or applied for, you should include details of that funding in your budget.

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

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

Call for submission for this award is announced approximately in March of each year.

Contact Randy Glynn at Live Art Dance if you are concerned about the criteria or your project’s eligibility or have any questions – [email protected]

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