Performing Artists


Danny Nielsen 

Performer & Choreographer 

Danny Nielsen is one of Canada’s most sought out professionals. Originally from Calgary, AB, he began his rhythm tap career as a founding member of MADD Rhythms Canada under the direction of Lisa La Touche. He has also performed with reputable companies such as Heather Cornell’s CanTap, Lisa La Touche’s Tap Phonics and Acia Gray’s Tapestry Dance Company. In his hometown, Danny was hired as the company tap trainer for the highly-regarded Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. The opportunity led to having short choreographies featured in their productions of  Tinge and Tone and 25. For the past 3 years, Danny has been touring with Vancouver based dance company Radical System Art (Shay Kuebler). The show entitled Telemetry features Nielsen in a role created exclusively for him. The show has enthralled audiences across the globe having performed in prestigious venues such as the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Place Des Arts in Montreal, the White Bird Dance Series in Portland, the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv, and the Schritmacher Festival in Germany to name a few.


Keiran Bohay 


Keiran Bohay was raised in the small town of Wainwright, Alberta. At age 8 he began training in tap, eventually taking on other various dance styles such as jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and ballet. At the age of 13 he took a brief break from dance to perform in The Citadel Theatre’s production of Peter Pan and Oliver!, giving him his first taste of professional work. Throughout his time in Vancouver he has gone on to Choreograph Tap, Contemporary, Broadway, and Jazz for local Vancouver training programs such as ITP (Intensive Training Program), Source Dance Company, Platform, and Aviary. He has performed Musical Theatre with the Arts Club (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast) and Drayton Entertainment (Newsies), Contemporary work with Shay Keublers Radical System Art (Telemetry, Epilogos, M.O.I.), and has gone on to dance in many hit tv series and movies (NBC’s Zoeys Extraordinary Playlist, CW’s the Flash, Disney’s Descendants 2, ABC’s Once Upon A Time, CW’s No Tomorrow etc.) Known for his energy, comedic personality and unique style, Keiran has gone on to perform and choreograph throughout the world.


Aiden Cass


Born in North Vancouver B.C. Aiden first channeled his high energy into a Hip Hop class at age 10 and quickly discovered a strong passion for movement, music, performance and community. He began his training with North Shore Academy of Dance, and after graduation joined Modus Operandi’s contemporary dance program in 2015. Since his time training with MO, Aiden has worked with the likes of David Raymond, Tiffany Tregarthen, Shay Kuebler, Idan Cohen, Paras Terezakis, Mandy Moore, and Emmalena Fredriksson; as well as many other artists in the Vancouver community. Most recently Aiden has had the opportunity to perform in two B.C and Alberta tours, and a Canadian national tour. Aiden is the recipient of an early career development grant with Out Innerspace Dance Theatre and Cohort member Zahra Shahab. Aiden also co-directs the emerging dance company, Generous Mess with his partner Sarah Hutton. Aiden's love for performance, artistry, and the community that dance creates, pushes him to explore not only the depths in which he can go in his own practice, but to investigate and connect with the many different practices taking place across dance communities over the world.

Jade Chong



Jade Chong (she/her) is a contemporary dance artist living and working on the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples. Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Jade first found her passion for movement and athletic artistry as a gymnast beginning at age 2. She began dancing at age 9 at Defy Gravity Dance Company training and competing in many styles. Jade continued dancing through her post-secondary training at Modus Operandi Contemporary Training Program under the direction of Tiffany Tregarthan, David Raymond and Kate Franklin. Jade graduated in 2020 with the support of a BC Arts Council scholarship for all four years. She has had the pleasure of dancing for a variety of companies and artists such as Alanna Kraaijeveld, Company 605, David Raymond, David Harvey, Ella Rothschild, Karissa Barry, Khoudia Toure, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Paras Terezakis, Shay Kuebler, Vanessa Goodman and many more. She performed with Company 605’s “Looping” score for Dance in Vancouver 2019 and shot a dance film with MUCCI/OURO collective for 01Magazine. Some other performance opportunities include MAC makeup, New Works at Night, ABC’s Once Upon a Time and NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. Jade has taken part in Addo Platform’s summer program and Domaine Forget with RUBBERBANDANCE group. Outside of dance, Jade has graduated post-secondary on the Dean’s Honour Roll with a Kinesiology Diploma.


Sarah Hutton 


Sarah Hutton (she/her) was raised in Hanna, Alberta where she early on discovered her love for movement. She moved to Vancouver in 2013 to pursue her passion for jazz, tap, street dance, and contemporary, joining The Source Dance Company under the direction of Joanne Pesusich. In 2016, she was chosen for a scholarship at EDAM Dance under Peter Bingham, where she studied Contact Improvisation. Her new curiosities led her to continue her training at Modus Operandi Contemporary Training Program, under the direction of Tiffany Tregarthen, David Raymond, and Kate Franklin. She graduated in 2020 with the support of three successful Training Scholarships from the BC Arts Council. She has had the pleasure to perform and/or collaborate for; Paras Terezakis (Kinesis Dance), Shay Kuebler (Radical System Art), David Raymond & Tiffany Tregarthen (Outinnerspace Dance Theatre), Vancouver Fashion Week, Julie-anne Saroyan (Dances for a Small Stage), Kyle Toy, Heather Dotto, and Joanne Pesusich. Sarah apprentices with Shay Kuebler (Radical System Art) and recently completed Peggy Baker Dance Project’s Emerging Artists Program. Sarah continues to explore her choreographic practice independently and also collaborates with her partner, Aiden Cass. Most recently, her work was performed at The Dance Centre’s Holiday Party in 2019 and at Dance Victoria’s Artist in Residence Showing “Rough Cuts” in October 2020. Sarah is privileged to live and dance as a guest on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish people.

Tia Ashley Kushniruk 



Tia Ashley Kushniruk is a Queer Woman of Chinese-Eastern European settler heritage from the Treaty 6 Territory of Edmonton AB. Since 2013 she has been affiliated with the Cirque Du Soleil and is a frequent collaborator of Jake W. Hastey for Toy Guns Dance Theatre (Edmonton). She graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (STDT) in 2017, receiving the Kathryn Ash Scholarship in 2016. She has had the pleasure of performing works of Antony Hamilton(DanceMakers, chunkymove), Paul Andre-Fortier, Peggy Baker, Aria Evans, Christopher House(TDT), Shay Kuebler (SK/RSA), Christianne Ullmark, Susie Burpee and Jasmyn Fyffe - touring Nationally across Canada and Internationally to Israel, U.S.A, Colombia, China, and France. She is an illustrator, a moderator, an animator, a curator, a stand-up comedian and a writer. Tia’s live work has been presented by STDT’s Student Council (Toronto, 2014-2017), Edmonton Dance Theatre’s Dancing in the Park (Edmonton, 2016), Festival Internacional Nomada (El Salvador, 2020), Dancing on the Edge the.response - Dance Cafe (Vancouver 2020), Springboard Performance’s Fluid Festival Making Love with the Land (Calgary, 2020) and Mile Zero’s Dance Crush Residency Series (Edmonton, 2021). Tia's illustration and animation work has been commissioned by Plastic Orchid Factory (Vancouver, 2020), Two Big Steps (Vancouver, 2020/2021), and adelheid (Toronto, 2021). She is the first recipient of the Catalyst Confluence Fellowship (Edmonton, 2020/2021). Her research has been supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Canada Council for the Arts, since 2014.


Katie Lowen 


Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Katie retired as a national level gymnast before moving to Vancouver to pursue a university basketball career. Katie played four years on the Simon Fraser University women’s basketball team and competed in the NCAA. After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance), she joined Modus Operandi under the direction of Tiffany Tregarthen, David Raymond and Kate Franklin. Katie has had the pleasure of working with Shay Kuebler (Radical System Art), Fight with a Stick (Stephen Hill, Alex Ferguson), Josh Hite, Serge Bennathan (Les Production Figlio), Justine A. Chambers (choreographic mentorship), and Deanna Peters. In collaboration with two other colleagues, Katie co-founded the alternative performance space Boombox (an alternative performance space built in a semi-truck trailer) in 2016, where she has created and performed her own choreographic work and continues to co-direct with Diego Romero. Boombox has hosted the research and creation of over forty multi-generational artists in a variety of presentational formats. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Computer Science degree at Northeastern University to merge her immersive installation and experiences interests with a technical skill set. 

Nicole Pavia



Born and raised in West Kelowna, Nicole started training in gymnastics at four years old. After competing in gymnastics for several years she chose to shift her time and energy towards dance, using gymnastics as a foundation for her movement. She trained at Lake Country School of Dance studying jazz, ballet, contemporary, tap, hip hop, and lyrical with mentors Heather Dotto, Paul Otterbien, Sabrina Phillips, Liz Tookey, Loretta Lachner, and Vicki View. In 2017, Nicole performed with Team Canada Hip Hop and was a soloist at the IDO World Championships. In addition, Nicole has attended summer intensives by Josh Beamish, Radical System Art, Modus Operandi, and others. Overtime, her interest in contemporary dance expanded leading her to train with Modus Operandi (under the direction of Tiffany Tregarthen, David Raymond, and Kate Franklin) in Vancouver BC. Nicole is presently a student at MO and has been for the past 3 years. Through her education, Nicole has had the opportunity to learn from choreographers Vanessa Goodman, Idan Cohen, Billy Marchenski, Josh Beamish, Shay Kuebler, and many other artists from the dance community. Nicole has also performed works by Alanna Kraajeveld, Company 605, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Kate Franklin, and Justine Chambers through Modus Operandi. 

Nicolas Ventura



As a dancer, Nicolas has worked for high-profile dance companies to local choreographers,

providing him with highly developed presentation skills, with the proven capacity to

represent a company and/or choreographer on high standards.

Born in Guatemala City (Guatemala), and raised in Vancouver (Canada), Nicolas began his

artistic development through a multidisciplinary approach of weekly acting, music and

dance classes at the age of 8. He received his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the Rambert

School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance (United Kingdom), followed by his career in dance

which began in Tel Aviv, Israel. Nicolas is a former dancer of Batsheva (Israel), where he

performed for 3 years with the ensemble, under the direction of Ohad Naharin and Idan

Porges. Since 2015, Nicolas has performed, collaborated, and/or worked internationally for companies and choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Roy Assaf, Idan Sharabi, Ohad Fishof & Noa Zuk, Talia Beck and more.Nicolas has created original choreographic works on dance companies, television shows, music videos and his own projects. He has also constructed short choreographic works for young artists, currently attending conservatories/universities such as The Juilliard School and the University of Southern California. He currently leads classes and workshops for dance communities internationally. Directing his classes towards movement research and artistic-development tools for young and emerging artists in the dance profession.

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Calder White 


Calder White is a freelance dance artist, choreographer, and floorwork teacher based in Vancouver, BC. He is an alumnus of Toronto’s Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and holds a BFA in Dance from the Ohio State University (2018). He has originated roles in work by Shay Kuebler (Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art), Wen Wei Wang (Wen Wei Dance), Sylvie Bouchard (BouchardDanse), Colin Connor (José Limón Dance Foundation), Santee Smith (Kaha:wi Dance Theatre), and Alexander Whitley (Alexander Whitley Dance Company). Calder’s choreographic interests lay in oversharing, recalling memory, and the effects of video documentation on self-image. His work has been shared with audiences across Canada and the US, his most recent commission being for The School Of Dance (Ottawa) in November 2020. Calder is currently a company member with Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and Joshua Beamish/MOVEthecompany. 

Kennedy Knopf

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Kennedy Knopf was born and raised in thetown of Vernon BCwhere she began her dance education through Continuing her artistic training in Vancouver BC, she is a graduate of theVancouver Training Society biannual scholarship,The Dance Initiative, as well as Harbour Dance Centre’s–Sourceand Aviary Dance Company’s’. As an independent artist, Kennedy has been fortunate in workingwithCarlo Atienza in “Sonder”,Heather Dotto with‘Dances for a Small Stage’, as well as a performing apprentice with Heather Laura Grey in her original work “The Tunnel”and many others.  She is currently apprenticing with the successful, Vancouver based, contemporary company Radical System Art under the direction of Shay Kuebler. Her most recent performance with Dancing on the Edge Festival2020. A few other accomplishments include the short film, “She” by Adele Thomas awarded Accolade Award of Merit from The Accolade Global Film Competition, as well as 2 Laurel nominations. Kennedy was theprimary dancer in Vancouver Spring Show 2016 (Joel Hanna).She was the BC Stage Provincial winner in 2012 and a Team Canada soloist dancing in the I.D.O World Championships (Danielle Fischer). Kennedy’s TV and Corporate Credits include, PRP Productions and Disney. Knopf’s humble dedication and persistence has made her a valuable artist. She is hungry to share her passion for movement and to continue excelling within as many facets of the industry she can get her hands on.