Tap Lab 2022
Come join us in our Summer Tap Lab taught by Danny Nielsen, Jordyn Lemire & Marlowe Windsor!
This is a great opportunity to improve tap technique, drills, musicality and more. This is a perfect workshop for students to gain new skills and refine old ones, as well as lay a strong foundation for the year, for students who will be taking tap classes with us in the fall. We will also be introducing skills needed to dance and jam with live musicians!
Tap Lab is required for all of Dance Co's Intensive & Company students.
We can't wait to see you there!
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.
Danny has been toured 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.
From 2010-2016, Danny lived in Vancouver, BC. He spent 2 years as the ‘Artist in Residence’ with the Vancouver Tap Dance Society. In 2012, Danny was the recipient of the Santa Aloi Award from the Scotiabank Dance Centre. He used the grant to create and direct his first full length production Love.Be.Best.Free, which toured BC for a month in February of 2017. He also co-created Night Cap with longtime friend Joel Hanna which featured American tap icons Martin ‘Tre’ Dumas III and Jason Samuels Smith.
Danny has taught and performed at many national and international tap festivals across the globe including Zurich Tap Fest, Tap Ahead in Germany, North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival, CHRP’s Rhythm World, Taptastic Festival in Germany, and Portland Tap Fest to name a few. Television credits include the worldwide broadcast of the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies and the opening number for the 2008 Jerry Lewis Telethon choreographed by Chloe Arnold in Las Vegas, NV.
Danny recently just created his second full length production entitled ‘On Foot’ with the support for the Canada Council for the Arts. It premiered in both Vancouver and Calgary in the fall of 2019.
Jordyn began her dance training in Calgary, AB through Boundless Dance Studio at the age of three. There she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, and Acro. After graduating from Central Memorial High School in the Performing and Visual Arts program, Jordyn travelled to Orange County, CA to perform with Leah Silva’s Reverb Tap Company. She performed at the Emmy Awards Governor’s Balls, multiple galas, and assisted Leah Silva during teaching and choreography rehearsals. Arriving back in Calgary found Jordyn a spot in Tasha Lawson’s Tri Tone Rhythm Ensemble. With Tri Tone she performed at fundraisers and galas throughout the city, and performed a full length show called ‘A Kiss in Time.’ During that time, Jordyn worked with Lisa La Touche to prepare to represent Team Canada at the IDO World Tap Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany. Jordyn has been teaching and choreographing at her home studio for the last two seasons, and had the opportunity to teach at the Orange County Tap Festival last summer. She was eager to find more dance opportunities which led her to move to Vancouver, BC. Jordyn has loved working with the incredible students and faculty at Dance CO so far, and is looking forward to the seasons to come!
Marlowe Windsor established Dance Co in 1992 and has since overseen the development of many young dancers and currently emerging dance artists. Her love of dance has taken her to many parts of the world, allowing her to work both with and beside many of dance’s greatest choreographers, dancers and teachers. Marlowe’s joy for teaching is infectious, she loves to share her passion for dance with her students and strives to help each dancer become the best he/she can be both as a dancer and as a person. She is proud to work with such a wonderful, creative and caring faculty, loves her students and is grateful to have the opportunity to introduce young people to dance! Marlowe’s professional credits include a featured tap dance role in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics choreographed by Brock Jellison and David Atkins. Appearing as ‘Suzie’ in the made for TV musical and soundtrack Bye Bye Birdie, alongside cast members Jason Alexander, Tyne Daley and Vanessa Williams with choreography by the esteemed Anne Reinking. Playing a featured dance role in the Bravo TV dance spectacular Swinging Nutcracker, partnered by Paul Becker with choreography by Lisa Stevens and dance tours of the Middle East, Europe, Caribbean and Asia. Marlowe has received numerous choreography awards and her students consistently receive high score awards and recognition for their outstanding performances. Marlowe is a member of BC Dance Educators and the Canadian Dance Teachers Association. Marlowe consistently travels to New York, Los Angeles and Europe to study, perform, teach, and re-highlight her passion for dance.
Date & Location
Monday, August 15th - Friday, August 19th at Dance Co Arbutus
Junior Intensive/Company Tap (9-12 years old) | 9:00am - 12:00pm
Intermediate/Senior Intensive/Company Tap (12-17 years old) | 12:30 - 3:30pm