Dance and music – inseparable. Tap dance grew up with jazz music and is maturing with cultural influences from around the world. It is this ever-evolving characteristic that works its magnetic magic on those who love the art form. As a result of the desire to continuously learn and seek new rhythmic inspiration and because of a love of percussive dance as an improvisational form, 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.
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.