Danny Nielsen is originally from Calgary, AB, where he began tap dancing at the age of 8 under the direction of Gail Scott. He furthered his training joining MADD Rhythms Canada under the direction of Lisa La Touche. At the age of 20, Danny was hired by the highly regarded jazz company Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, which lead to having featured tap choreographies in their productions of Tinge and Tone and 25.
In 2010, Danny became the ‘Artist in Residence’ at the Vancouver Tap Society, where he directed the boys program, the girls program, and youth ensemble Tap Co with the Society for 2 years. During his time in Vancouver, Danny was a part of many productions including A Chronological Life Story of a Few Tap Dancers with Matt Shields and Travis Knights, Stark Pulse with Jessie Sawyers, and the original tap dancer in the creation of Taps and Twang with the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble. In 2012, Danny was the recipient of the Santa Aloi Award from the Scotiabank Dance Centre. He later used the grant to create and direct his first full length production Love.Be.Best.Free, which just finished toured BC for a month in February of 2017.
Danny has emerged onto the international tap scene as a soloist, having performed at various tap festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, Houston, Portland, North Carolina 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 will be teaching two 5-Day Courses, Weekend Workshops, and performing in the 20th Anniversary Gala.