Artists

SHAY KUEBLER – ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER AND PERFORMER

Shay has been an independent dance artist in the city of Vancouver and Montreal for the past 8 years. Along with his successes as a collaborator and co-director, he has had the honor of performing and creating his own work for international dance festivals and dance companies across Canada. As a performer, he’s performed with Kidd Pivot, Holy Body Tattoo, Animals of Distinction, and The 605 Collective. As a choreographer he’s worked with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Citieballet, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, L’Ecole de Danse du Quebec, Simon Fraser University and London Contemporary Dance School and as a co-founder of The 605 Collective, he co-directed and co-choreographed 3 projects with the company. With a foundation in the martial arts, he is constantly searching for how physical performance can be finely tuned yet retain an instinctual and raw quality. As a dance artist, whose professional performing and choreographic career has spanned the disciplines of Tap, Hip Hop, neo-classical Ballet and Contemporary, Shay also looks at how all techniques can reinforce and strengthen each other. That technique, when used in an instinctive manner, can be integrated into any other form – creating cross-disciplinary works that have a greater capacity to affect and reach audiences.

MAXINE CHADBURN – PERFORMER

 

Born and raised in White Rock, BC, Maxine began exploring the arts and outdoors as early as she could walk. Her excitement for theatre and dance brought her to seek post secondary training in Vancouver with contemporary dance initiative, Modus Operandi under the direction of Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond of Out Innerspace Dance Theatre. There she had the opportunity to collaborate on dance-on-screen projects and create works with her peers. It also led her to perform works by artists like Justine A. Chambers, Wen Wei Wang, and Crystal Pite. Maxine has studied contact improvisation under the mentorship of Peter Bingham as a scholarship student and apprentice of EDAM Dance. As an actor she’s focused on improvisation, the Meisner technique, and Fitzmaurice Voicework®. Her acting resume includes film, television and local theatre. Maxine has worked for independent choreographers and companies such as Kelly McInnes (Vancouver), Daina Ashbee (Montreal), 605 Collective, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, and currently, Shay Kuebler Radical System Arts Society.

HAYDEN FONG – PERFORMER

Hayden first started dancing at his high school in Vancouver, BC with urban dance styles like Bboying, House, Popping and Hip Hop. After deciding to pursue a career in dance he trained for two years at the Drive Scholarship Program. There he studied many other styles from Ballet and Jazz to Ballroom and Contact Improve, as well as introducing him to contemporary dance. His true passion now lies in mixing his knowledge of urban dance like musicality, power, and isolation, with the techniques of contemporary dance like improve, artistic exploration and patience.

In the commercial scene Hayden has worked on music videos for artists such as Ash Koley, and Nelly Furtado, movies like Jinxed and Step Up 5, as well as live events for groups like Warner Brothers and the 2010 Winter Olympics. As a Contemporary Dancer he has worked with large shows like Kinesis Dance’s “Box4”, Shay Kuebler’s “Karoshi”, 605’s “Inheritor Album, Marta Marta Hops “Speaking in Ligeti”. He has also trained with many companies such as RUBBERBANDance, and EDAM Dance.

Hayden strives to master every task he is confronted with, from starting dance late he understands the push that is needed, and is using all of his knowledge to step into the world of acting. He is actively working to balance a career in both the Contemporary and Commercial dance, as well as developing his own style to make his own stamp in the dance world.

NICHOLAS LYDIATE – PERFORMER

Nicholas Lydiate, was born Norwich, England. He Immigrated to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the age of 7 and has resided in Canada since. His enthusiasm for dance and the physical theatre arts has been prevalent for as long as he can recall, along with the unforgiving support of his family, and mentors. Nicholas’ early dance training in Saskatoon ranged from ballet and contemporary to tap and hip hop. The versatility that this range of differing ideologies and views of “what movement” is conducive on a social and proscenium level are the merger that he prioritizes in his dance practice.

Nicholas has been fortunate in his professional endeavors thus far to work, and continue working for Vancouver based artists; Shay Kuebler Radical System Art (RSA), Holy Body Tattoo, Marta Marta Productions and Wen Wei Dance.

TYLER LAYTON OLSON – PERFORMER

Tyler Layton-Olson is a dancer, rapper and actor. For most of Tyler’s life he has focused on developing his skills in movement.

Born in Nipawin Saskatchewan, he was enrolled in Ukrainian Folk dancing which immediately sparked his interest. Making a transition to other styles at his local studio 4 years later, Tyler got into every style he could. By 14 years old he was teaching Tap and Hip-Hop classes. Tyler’s first Contemporary Dance process was  Deanna Peters’ “Cross Hatch” which toured Saskatchewan in 2009. Shorty after that he migrated to Vancouver.

Since then Tyler has Trained with Arts Umbrella: Pre-Proffesional Program for 1 year and Modus Operandi: Contemporary Dance Program for 3 years. He has also received opportunities with Shay Kuebler: Radical System Arts for the past 3 years performing his work “Karoshi” in a Made in BC tour 2014. Then his next work “Glory” In Vancouver’s Chutzpah: International Festival and Incol Ballet festival in Cali, Columbia in 2015. Now returning to the Chutzpah festival in 2016 with Radical System Arts to showcase an excerpt of “Telemetry”. In 2015 Tyler also performed “Audible” with 605 collective at the Prism Festival in Panama city. He as well looks forward to working with Wen Wei dance in Spring of 2016.

LEXI VAJDA – PERFORMER
Originally from North Vancouver, Lexi Vajda is a Vancouver based independent dance artist and choreographer. She received her contemporary dance training at Modus Operandi in Vancouver and has traveled internationally to workshops including Impulstanz, P.A.R.T.S. and the gaga intensive in Israel. Lexi has had the pleasure of working and performing with Shay Keubler Radical System Arts, Outinnerspace Dance Theatre, the response, Company 605, Theatre Replacement, plastic orchid factory, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro, Mascall Dance, Emmalena Frederiksson, Delia Brett, Wen Wei Wang and Karissa Barry. Her independent (and often collaborative) work has been presented at various festivals and venues including Interplay, An Exact Vertigo at Unit/Pitt Gallery, the ‘splay space’ at The Dance Centre, the Festival of Recorded Movement and most recently at the Boombox. Lexi regularly teaches contemporary technique at various dance schools throughout the lower mainland, Modus Opernadi and at Harbour Dance Centre. This past fall Lexi was awarded the 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for emerging dance artist.

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KAITEY DESANTE

Kaitey DeSante is an emerging dance artist from Vancouver, BC. A recent graduate of Modus Operandi; she has had the opportunity to train with and perform works by Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Serge Bennathan, Rob Kitsos, Shay Kuebler, Vanessa Goodman, the 605 collective, Deanna Peters and Wen Wei Wang. Kaitey has performed “Wags Alternate” choreographed by Thoenn Glover, as apart of Dancing on the Edge and Dance In Vancouver. She has also had the opportunity to perform locally in “Mine” choreographed by Kelly McInnes and in “Kodama” and “Im(per)mance” choreographed by Sammy Chien as apart of ISEA 2015. For the past two years she has been apprenticing with Radical System Art and most recently has been working with Marissa Wong as apart of TwoBigSteps
KATIE LOWEN
Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Katie trained and competed as a national level gymnast until later moving to Vancouver to pursue a university basketball career. Katie played on the Simon Fraser University women’s basketball team for four years, competing in the NCAA division II, and serving as co-captain. After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration (2015) in finance as a three time Academic All-American, she joined Modus Operandi under the direction of Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond. Through the Modus Operandi training program, Katie has performed new creations by Emmalena Fredrikkson, Rob Kitsos, Vanessa Goodman, and Outinner Space Dance Theatre. She has also had the pleasure of apprenticing with Radical System Art (Shay Kuebler), OURO collective, and the response. dance company (Amber Funk Barton). In collaboration with two other colleagues, Katie cofounded the alternative performance space Boombox in 2016, where she has created and performed her own choreographic work. She is also currently working with Heather Laura Gray for Dance Allsorts 2017 as well as Deanna Peters for Vancouver International Dance Festival 2017.