One of Canada’s tap dance stars, Danny Nielsen combines dazzling technique, natural musicality, and a drive to constantly innovate with a heartfelt desire to honour the rich traditions of the form. The New Standards is a collaboration with renowned musician Dan Reynolds which delves into the symbiotic relationship between tap dance and jazz piano. Inspired by the concept of contrafacts, where new melodies are overlaid on familiar harmonic structures, the two will co-create a performance drawing on everything from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, hip hop and rock. The result: a celebration of tap and musical artistry.
Post-show artist talkback May 24
The Global Dance Connections 2023-2024 series features exciting dance performances by artists from Canada and around the world.
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Presented through the Artist-in-Residence program
Tap dancer: Danny Nielsen
Pianist: Dan Reynolds
Lighting design and projection: Jack Chipman
Photos by Bailey Colors and Jeremy Fokkens