Danny Nielsen – Tap Choreographer and Performer
Danny Nielsen is 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. In his hometown, Danny was hired by the highly regarded jazz company Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, which lead to having featured choreographies in their productions of Tinge and Tone and 25. He has been a part of productions A Chronological Life Story of a Few Tap Dancers in Vancouver, Stark Pulse in Seattle, and the original tap dancer in the creation of Taps and Twang with the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble. In the spring of 2012, Danny was the recipient of the Santa Aloi Award from the Scotiabank Dance Centre. He later used that grant to create and direct his first full-length production Love.Be.Best.Free. He is currently touring this project across the MiBC Network through February and March of 2017.
Keiran Bohay – Performer
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, and Aviary. He has performed Musical Theatre with the Arts Club (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast), Contemporary work with Shay Kuebler’s Radical System Art (Telemetry), and has gone on to dance in many hit tv series and movies (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, and can’t wait to share his passion with you!
Aiden Cass – Company Apprentice and Performer
Born in North Vancouver B.C. Aiden first channeled his high energy into a Hip Hop class at aged 10 and quickly discovered a strong passion for movement, music, performance and community. He began his training with North Shore Academy of Dance and quickly moved into their competition and performance groups, eventually joining NSADs Half Day Program. After graduation, Aiden continued to focus on maturing his artistic craft by joining Modus Operandi in 2015. Since his time training with MO, Aiden has worked with the likes of Rob Kitkos, Company 605, Emmalena Fredriksson, Vanessa Goodman, Serge Bennathan, David Raymond, Tiffany Tregarthen, Kate Franklin, and Shay Kuebler; as well as many other artists in the Vancouver community. Throughout Aidens training career he has received the Live Love Dance Scholarship, Fresh Groove Intensive Scholarship, two Half Day High Achievement Awards, and the opportunity to participate in the International Youth Dance Festival 2018 held in Macau, China. Aiden’s love for performance, artistry, and the community that dance creates, push 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.
Isak Enquist - Performer
Raised in rural British Columbia, Isak Enquist began his formal training in Shotokan Karate, studying martial arts for eight years before being introduced to dance as a structured form. Isak moved to Vancouver at age sixteen to explore contemporary dance and further training, searching to use a kinetic understanding of martial arts in alternative forms of movement. He began his post-secondary dance education with the Simon Fraser School for Contemporary Arts, where he studied for two years before continuing his studies with Modus Operandi. Isak has also taken part in summer intensives with The Ailey School in Italy and New York City, as well as selected by Wen Wei Wang to take part in a choreographic workshop through Dance Victoria in 2017 and 2018. Through his education in Vancouver, Isak has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Wen Wei Wang, Company 605, Serge Bennathan, and Vanessa Goodman. As an emerging dancer, he has recently had the opportunity to perform works by Jennifer Mascall and Noam Gagnon, as well as performing with Out Inner Space Dance Theatre on an international tour in 2017.
Sarah Hutton – Company Apprentice and Performer
Sarah Hutton was born and raised in Hanna, Alberta where she discovered her love for movement at the early age of five, when she took her first Highland dance class. Sarah continued her early dance education throughout southern Alberta in jazz, tap, and hip-hop and began to choreograph on herself and other students. She moved to Vancouver in 2013, 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 began to study contact improvisation. Her new curiosities led her to her most recent training platform with Modus Operandi under the direction of Tiffany Tregarthen, David Raymond, and Kate Franklin.
Kennedy Knopf – Company Apprentice
Kennedy Knopf was born and raised in small town Vernon BC. Introduced to the art of dance at the age of six, she began with tap and ballet then continued her dancing throughout adolescence.
With her natural ability and hardworking principles, Kennedy quickly became one of the top dancers in her community. Knopf is a graduate of the The Dance Initiative, Harbour Dance Centre’s Source Dance Company and Aviary Dance Company, out of Vancouver BC.
A few of Kennedy's credits include the BC Stage Dance Provincial Winner in 2012 and 2nd place recipient in 2014. Team Canada soloist dancing in the I.D.O World Championships. Chosen as a primary dancer in the Vancouver Spring Show 2016, as well as traveling to Sweden with Kip Jon Productions for the AstraZeneca Diabetes conference. Kennedy also apprenticed with Heather Laura Grey in her original work “The Tunnel”. She was most recently a company member for Dances for a Small Stage under the direction of Heather Dotto, as well as the Vancouver Training Society of Vancouver's biannual scholarship recipient.
Tia Kushniruk - Performer
Tia Kushniruk was born in Edmonton, Alberta and is now based in Toronto. She graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2017, and joined Toronto Dance Theatre for their 2017/2018 season. She has had the pleasure of performing works of Antony Hamilton (Australian Dance Theatre, Chunky Move), Paul Andre-Fortier (Fortier Danse-Creation), Peggy Baker (Peggy Baker Dance Projects), Christopher House (Toronto Dance Theatre), Aria Evans, Nikola Steer (Coco Framboise) and Jasmyn Fyffe. Kushniruk collaborated with Christianne Ullmark in the presentation of a solo work for the 2018 Beijing Dance Festival where she subsequently received support and funding from the Canada Arts Council. Her own artistic research plays with varying media - including, stickers, graffiti, short stories, animation, scripts, folklore, video games and clown - to question contemporary Canadian identity in colonized culture.
Katie Lowen - Performer
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 division II. After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance), she joined Modus Operandi under the direction of Tiffany Tregarthen, David Raymond and Kate Franklin. Within the Vancouver community, Katie has had the pleasure of working with Shay Kuebler (Radical System Art), Serge Bennathan (Les Production Figlio), Justine A. Chambers, and Deanna Peters. In collaboration with two other colleagues, Katie co-founded the alternative performance space Boombox in 2016, where she has created and performed her own choreographic work, Just a Duet and Blue Crush.Over the past year and a half, Boombox has hosted the research and creation of over twenty multi-generational artists, and 10 public showing events of their work.Boombox was commissioned for the 2017 biennial Dance in Vancouver Festival and presented Blue Crush, a duet co-created and performed with Zahra Shahab. In September 2017, Blue Crush was curated by Justine A. Chambers for the 2017/2018 New Work’s Season Opener, where the piece was performed at Vancouver’s Orpheum, Annex.
Odile-Amélie Peters - Performer
Odile-Amélie Peters was born in Montreal and grew up in Quebec City. She started dancing in competition studios (Hip hop / Choreography) which led her to study Contemporary dance at L’École de danse de Québec, where she graduated in 2012. During her time there, she studied Limón, Graham, and ballet, and performed choreographic works by Alan Lake and William Yong as well as repertoire by Jean-Pierre Perreault. In addition to her education, she has taken part in various programs such as ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Domaine Forget / RUBBERBANDance Group, Springboard Danse Montréal, Company 605 intensive, TransFormation Danse, Countertechnique workshops, and Radical System Art intensive. Throughout her freelancing career, she has worked for Quebec choreographers and companies Le Fils d’Adrien danse, Danse K par K, Compagnie WXWS, Geneviève Duong, Skeels Danse Montréal, with Anne Plamondon, as well as for Company 605 in Vancouver. Odile is now working for Alan Lake Factori(e) in Quebec City and Radical System Art in Vancouver. As a curious, determined and passionate dancer, Odile-Amélie Peters aspires to continuously develop and cultivate her artistry.
Calder White – Performer
Calder White grew up in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where he studied competitive dance for eight years before joining Toronto’s Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre in 2011. He has performed in styles ranging from contemporary Aboriginal dance to urban street forms and tap and has originated roles in work by Colin Connor (José Limón Dance Foundation), Shay Kuebler (Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art), Kora Radella (BOOMERANG), and Alexander Whitley (Alexander Whitley Dance Company). In the spring of 2018, Calder graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Department of Dance at the Ohio State University. During his time at Ohio State, he was fortunate to study under Bebe Miller, Crystal Perkins, Sofie Clemmensen and Eddie Taketa, as well as choreographing and presenting his own work in and around Columbus, Ohio. Calder’s research interests lay in physicalizing sensitivity and cathartic release.
management & CREATIVE DESIGN ARTISTS
Brent Belsher - Company Manager
Brent Belsher’s career in the arts began when he took a position with Ballet British Columbia as manager of artistic operations in 2000. Prior to his involvement in the arts Brent worked for a Vancouver based travel company leading groups of people to over 35 countries. He has worked as an international meeting planner and also worked in Japan for four years as a cross-cultural trainer and English teacher. Since 2006 he began working as an arts consultant primarily in dance and works with a variety of organizations specializing in agent work, management and touring.
Eric Chad – Projection/Video design & Production/Technology design
Eric is a lighting and projection designer based in Vancouver, B.C. with a primary focus is in interactive projection design, generative design, infrared tracking, and show control/integration. Eric received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. Eric’s recent design credits include works with Out Innerspace Dance Theatre (Major Motion Picture, New Creation), Joe Ink (4our), Moose and Moa Theatre Company (The Art of Being Alone), Chuthis. Group (Smile Masking, Face Her), Twenty Something Theatre & Hardline Productions (Wide Awake Hearts), and the UBC Dep’t of Theatre (The Bacchae 2.1). Eric is a touring member of Kidd Pivot, and designed/programmed the single-operator show control system used in their current work Betroffenheit. www.ericchaddesign.com
Kate De Lorme – Sound Design and Sound Technician
Kate is a Vancouver based Sound Designer and Audio Engineer with experience across the field of technical theatre. She completed her Audio Engineering Certification at Okanagan College in Kelowna, BC. Kate graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2015 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, majoring in Theatre Design and Production.
Recent credits include: Mom’s The Word - Arts Club Theatre; Salmon Girl - Raven Sprit Dance; Major Motion Picture - Out Innerspace Dance Theatre
Mark Eugster - Technical Direction
Mark is a graduate of the University of Victoria's BFA theatre program. Always on the move, he is fascinated by the art of production and is continually working on new projects to develop a diverse perspective of the possibilities of live entertainment. Mark encourages the blending of multiple artistic disciplines by finding new and exciting ways to express himself creativity. His work has taken him from large theatres and arena concerts to site-specific performance spaces, unconventional venues, and everything in-between.
Amelia Scott – Video design
Amelia Scott is a video designer, projection technologist, and new media artist working in theatre, opera, dance, and beyond. Based out of Montreal and working across Canada, she uses scenic design and interactive performance tools to create interactive installations and public transformed spaces. She is also an instructor of Video Technology and Design at The National Theatre School of Canada. Recent credits include: A Love Letter to Emily C (Handsome Alice Theatre); Towards Youth (Crow’s Theatre/Project Humanity); The Assembly/L’Assemblée (Porte Parole); Speculation (Leslie Ting); The Magic Flute (Opera Nuova); Nomadic Tempest (Caravan Stage Company).
Rob Sondergaard - Light design & Production design
Robert has been working as a lighting designer for over two decades in all genres of the entertainment industry. His design credits span from Dance, Theatre and Opera to World Class Ceremonies, Film, Television and Rock & Roll. Robert has designed for numerous dance companies including Kidd Pivot, Company 605, Nederlands Dans Theatre, Royal Swedish Ballet, Luzern Theatre, and Movent. He has collaborated with some of the worlds top choreographers including Crystal Pite, Aszure Barton, Donald Sales, Dana Gingras, Peter Chu, Lisa Gelley, Josh Martin and now, Shay Kuebler. His work with Crystal Pite on A Picture of You Falling was nominated for a Knights of Illumination Award. In theatre, Robert has designed for The Arts Club, Royal City Musical Theatre, URP, Align Entertainment and Burnaby Lyric Opera. He has won 2 Ovation awards and has numerous other nominations. He also had the opportunity to work with world-renowned visual artist Stan Douglas on the Arts Club/Canadian Stage production of Helen Lawrence, which toured Canada, Scotland, Germany, Belgium and the USA. Robert is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.