Dance and music – inseparable. Dayna’s experiences in dance have all been informed by this connection, and her pursuit of rhythm. She has primarily studied tap dance and its rich history in jazz music and improvisation as a means of communication. This led to investigations in Afro-Cuban & Greek music, body percussion, and most significantly now, her focus on contemporary flamenco. As a result of the magnetic magic of percussive dance and the desire to continuously learn and seek new rhythmic inspiration, Dayna has been fortunate enough to spend time across Canada, the US, Cuba, Spain, and Greece performing and studying with many tap, flamenco, and music greats, and passing on what she has learned as a teacher to all ages and levels. daynaszyndrowski.com
Performances have included Athens’ Coetani Experimental Flamenco Festival, Dances for a Small Stage in Vancouver, the Toronto Rhythm Initiative’s Nina & Joni shows, the Tap Ahead Festival in Germany, Astrolabe Musik Theatre’s NEWmatica, the Vancouver Folk Festival, the NYC & Vancouver tap festivals, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Greece’s Bridges in Time performance, the Zante Jazz Festival, and the Edmonton Fringe Festival. In past years, Dayna has produced and co-produced events like With You We Dance in Seattle with fellow tap dancer Jessie Sawyers, Miles to Feet in Vancouver with an incredible roster of local artists, and the Kino Jam sessions filling the Vancouver venue with a warm community of dancers and musicians eager to share. She is the recent recipient of a Vancouver Parks Board three year Artistic Fieldhouse residency with close musical collaborator Elisa Thorn.