National Performance Centre

Eleven Nova Scotia skaters and their coaches were in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland this past weekend to attend the NPC Seminar with Mark Pillay and Gordon Cobb.

This workshop was designed to increase understanding around music and movement to music as performance is a large part of our sport. Both skaters and coaches were introduced to concepts, philosophies and exercises to increase knowledge and delivery of the performance aspect of skating.

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Mark Pillay is a World and Olympic level choreographer. Although Mark’s skating career began in Saskatchewan, Mark is now based out of Vancouver Canada. Some of Mark’s choreography credits include: Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior National Champions of Canada, ISU Junior and Senior Grand Prix Finalists and Grand Prix Medalists, and Olympic Medalists (2014). Mark currently holds an Honors degree in Psychology and an Extended Minor in Contemporary Dance from Simon Fraser University. Mark is currently completing a Graduate Degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.



Gordon Cobb received his BFA from Simon Fraser University, his Masters of Music from the London College of Music and a PhD in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University. His work as a music composer and sound designer has been showcased in numerous public venues, including two Olympic Games commissions (Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010), the New York City Ballet, and on television with The Knowledge Network, and the National Film Board of Canada. Gordon teaches music at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. More information about Gordon’s work can be found at