About Us

Annapolis Royal has a long history of celebrating the arts. FODAR’s main venue, King’s Theatre, looks out across the Annapolis Basin to the spot where Champlain founded The Order of Good Cheer in 1606. Inspiration and creativity find a home here and in 2014 that enthusiasm and determination launched Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal.

Coming and Growing

FODAR has grown from a small regional festival to its current position as one of the major dance festivals in Canada. Under the Artistic Direction of Canadian choreographer Randy Glynn, FODAR presents a diverse selection of excellence in contemporary dance from across the country, as well as remounted productions of Canadian modern dance classics.

As our audience base has expanded, so has our community support and we are thankful for the donors, sponsors and public partners who help us bring FODAR to the Annapolis Valley.


Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal takes place within Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. We are grateful to create and work in this community, on this territory.

Nicole Rose Bond. The High Heart.
FODAR 2022.
Photo by David Hou

Photo credits:
Company of Angels. Dancing in the Third Act. FODAR 2014. Photo by Tim Wilson
Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie. The Man in Black. FODAR 2015. Photo by John Lauener
Greta Hodgkinson. Being and Nothingness. FODAR 2016. Photo by Bruce Zinger
Sara Porter. Sara Does a Solo. FODAR 2017. Photo by Laura Lundy-Paine
Naishi Wang. Taking Breath. FODAR 2019. Photo by Francesca Chudnoff
Anastasia Weibe. Strike Tone. FODAR 2020
Sarah Murphy. FODAR 2021. Photo by Lars F. Menzel
Brayden Jamil Cairns, Drew Berry. Rock Bottom Movement. DINO. FODAR 2022. Photo by Alyssa Martin
Left to right: Gillian Seaward-Boone, Lydia Zimmer, Leah Skerry. The Devil’s Intervals. FODAR 2023. 

Header Photo: Dawn Shepherd. Silhousoniques. FODAR 2021. Photo by Ryan Gray