Cadance Academy
47 Roy Ave.
New Minas, NS
phone: 902.679.3616
fax: 902.678.3173


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"Gaea Jess has brought new life to the Academy. Last year showed us all the talent, determination & ability the teachers have to transform these students into first rate dancing stars."

~ Kelly Patton - Cadance Mom

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“Cadance is a special place. A place where kids are able to explore and learn, grow and dream. As it turns out, dance skills weren't the only things that our daughter developed during her first year of Tiny Tots. In addition to the blossoming friendships and fun with classmates, we saw a growth in her self-confidence and determination to better her dance skills. At the end of every class, she would already be asking to return. Her instructors were patient, kind, and highly skilled. The owners and office staff very professional. Watching the end of the year recital, we were mystified as to how far the students had come. They no longer resembled an unruly herd of cats but actual dancers! We are already counting down the days until classes start again... Fun, friendship, skill development and a passion for physical activity: Cadance is indeed a special place.”
Sarah Rainforth
Cadance Parent 

“It is my pleasure to voice my support of the valuable work being done at the Cadance Academy in New Minas.
The dedication and professionalism of the instructors along with the respectful and efficient running of the Academy is evident. I have had the opportunity to visit the studio and have been a delighted audience member during performances.
The Academy is respectfully and efficiently run allowing students (of many ages) to participate in many forms of dance. The Academy provides the opportunity for physical activity, creativity, physical and mental discipline along with skill development.
Students of Cadance Academy have a sense of community, pride and accomplishment. The student’s enjoyment of dance is truly evident during practice and performance.
I am very proud of the valuable service Cadance Academy offers to the citizens of the Valley.”
Hon. Ramona Jennex
MLA - Kings South

“The Cadance Nutcracker is a thoroughly delightful production which provides vitally important performance training for the dancers in a professional setting over an extended run of shows.  It provides the opportunity for the dance teachers to develop their choreographic skills beyond the recital level. In addition, the innovative interweaving of community members establishes Cadance’s Nutcracker as an important cultural event in the region, demonstrating the important role that arts play in building creative, vibrant communities.”
Dianne Milligan
Executive Director, Dance Nova Scotia

"Whether you are trying a new class or performing in one of the shows, Cadance offers a fun and exciting experience. These not only shaped me as a dancer, but as a person as well."
Ellen Whitman
Former Cadance Student and Instructor

“Cadance has shaped me as a dancer in the best way possible. Gaea is extremely knowledgeable and even more professional. She works very hard on strength, turn out and flexibility which are all mandatory for dancing. Cadance showed me my love of ballet and I couldn’t be happier with the school.”
Greg Palmer
Cadance Student and Teacher

“I liked the examiner. She was nice. The exam was fun. I can not wait until I get my results.”
Sabrina Sgambati
Cadance Student

“As an adult taking my first dance class (Zumba) I just can’t believe I’ve found some rhythm – it’s so much fun that I never want to stop dancing! I forgot this is a workout because it’s so much fun with great music.”
Lisa O’Brien
Cadance 8-Week Student

“My daughter has been a part of Cadance for 3 years now. She loves the classes, the teachers and the recital each year. The teachers are wonderful with the students. Cadance gives students confidence in dance technique as well as self esteem in expression.”
Andrea Greig-Dugas
Cadance Parent

"My name is Kelly Patton and my two daughters Ashley & Nicole have been with Cadance Academy for their third year. Gaea Jess has brought new life to the Academy. The dance recital that was preformed by her students last year showed us all the talent, determination & ability the teachers have to transform these students into first rate dancing stars."
~ Kelly Patton (Cadance Mom)

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