We are sisters, best friends and business partners – co-founders and directors of RUNWAY Dance Connection. From a very young age, RUNWAY has been our dream. Childhood memories are of dance competitions in our family room, with the fireplace hearth as our stage. Little did we know this sibling rivalry would lead us to RUNWAY!
It has taken a family-sized effort to fuel our RUNWAY vision and make your dreams come true. Our promise is to work tirelessly to ensure RUNWAY is the most professional, unique, fun, family-friendly dance competition. It’s our hope that RUNWAY becomes the dance competition everyone talks about and a community that everyone wants to become part of.
Between us, we’ve danced competitively for a total of 30+ years. We’ve lost count of our dance competitions, nationals, showcases, year-end shows and intensives. The dedication, discipline and sheer hard work associated with competitive dance always pushed us to be our best selves. We have combined our years of passion and experience to bring you Canada’s most exciting new dance competition. Riley is an award-winning producer for CTV News, W5 and Discovery Channel. Kelly has performed in dance tours in Japan, China, the Czech Republic and throughout North America. We hope that every RUNWAY dancer brings their best, reaches new heights, makes new friends and leaves with fun memories they will cherish forever.
We can’t wait to SEE YOU ON THE RUNWAY!
Riley and Kelly Nimens,
RUNWAY Co-Founders & Directors
Sister Spot: Big Sis
Role: Co-Founder & Director
Education: Western University - Bachelor of Arts in Media, Theory and Production. Fanshawe College - Diploma in Television Broadcasting.
Career Highlights: Field Producer at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Producer/Director for CTV’s W5, CTV News, Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, Investigation Discovery, Oxygen and History Channel.
Riley says: “I’m the family organizer and planner, the quintessential older sister.”
What her sister says: “She’s everyone’s cheerleader” – Kelly
Favourite Dance Move: Aerial
Personal Dance Style: Jazz
Motto: “Do it!” - Kathy Nimens (our mom)
Sister Spot: Little Sis
Role: Co-Founder & Director
Education: Chapman University - Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. Acrobatic Arts Certified.
Career Highlights: Professional dancer and Can Can soloist for the Moulin Rouge in Paris, France. Has worked for Adidas, Red Bull, FujiFilm, Maserati, Martell Cognac, Shanghai Film Festival (for Jaegar LeCouture). Appeared in a National Super Bowl commercial for Vroom and on the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Main Stage.
Kelly says: “I’m a perfectionist! Hard-working, dedicated and passionate.”
What her sister says: “The definition of determination.” - Riley
Favourite Dance Move: Pirouette
Personal Dance Style: Acro
Motto: Live life to the fullest
Frequently asked Questions
No. Taking videos and/or photos during the competition while dancers are performing is strictly prohibited. DRC captures all photos and videos of each performance and uploads them to DanceBUG following the competition. However, you are welcome to take photos and videos during adjudications.
YES! Every entry at a RUNWAY competition receives an award.
Please email us at email@example.com
Unfortunately, we do not offer refunds for competition fees, except in extremely extenuating circumstances. For more information, please contact your studio director.
RUNWAY Rules & Regulations can be found on the Rules & Regulations page.
Please contact your studio owner, and have them contact RUNWAY with the mistake found.
We accept cash, debit, or credit card to purchase merchandise.
50% or more of dancers in a routine must be Pre-Competitive in order for the routine to be considered Pre-Competitive and vice versa for Competitive.
For any duet/trio with performers who are a mix of novice, pre-competitive, and/or competitive dancers must dance in the higher category.
The location of each competition varies. Please go to our Events page for a full list of competition dates and locations.