Halifax-based dancer/choreographer and NSCAD instructor, Veronique MacKenzie, was honoured with an Established Artist Recognition Award
by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council. The $5000 award was announced at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala, held on October 24 in Yarmouth.
Véronique, who has taught NSCAD's "Foundation Movement Art" class for the past several years, was one of five mid-career artists so recognized – including NSCAD part-time faculty member, Joan Bruneau
Véronique comes from an eclectic artistic background having trained in Canada, the U.S. and England. She has studied ballet, jazz, modern dance, visual art, clowning, Fool-work, creative movement and theatre, from which she has developed a unique performance style. Véronique is well-known in the dance community for her many choreographic explorations that dare to be different.
“I was shocked and thrilled to be one of the recipients of this award,
and the gala event made me proud to be an artist working in Nova
Scotia,” she said.
In addition to her NSCAD classes, Véronique teaches at Dalhousie University and Halifax Dance. She is the most recent recipient of the Susan Jackson Award (Dance Nova Scotia), which recognizes contributions to dance and education throughout Nova Scotia, as well as the Dianne Moore Choreographic Scholarship (Live Art Productions).