loves every aspect of percussive dance and is dedicated to the pursuit of rhythm. Growing up in Cochrane, AB. Mackenzie got a taste of the stage at a young age getting to learn Stepdance from the great Mary Janet MacDonald and performing with Natalie MacMaster during her national tours. It was shortly after that Lisa Latouche brought Madd Rhythms Canada to Calgary and gave him the opportunity to learn from Brill Barrett, Martin Tre Dumas III, and Jumanne Taylor. This created an insatiable hunger for more and under the mentorship of Danny Nielson, the passion for the dance was born. In 2010 Mackenzie was a featured tap dancer in the Vancouver Olympics opening ceremony and then joined the internationally acclaimed show Tap Dogs for their North American tour. After deciding to move to Toronto in 2011, he joined an incredible roster of talented tap dancers as part of the Toronto Rhythm Initiative. He went on to perform 4 shows with the TRI before he joined the Dogs one more time for another North American tour and then a tour in South Africa. In 2014 he reconnected with his mentor Danny Nielson for his show, Love.Be.Best.Free, and joined the amazing faculty for the Vancouver International Tap Festival. Most recently, MacKenzie was the assistant choreographer for the Canadian National Tap Dance Team, which competed at the IDO World Tap Dance Championships in Germany. Now residing in Halifax, NS, MacKenzie is enjoying sharing his passion with his students and bridging the gap between traditional Cape Breton Step Dancing and Tap Dance.