Born in Melbourne, Cass trained at the Australian Ballet School and performed with the West Australian Ballet from 2006-2009 being named Most Outstanding Dancer and Choreographer to Watch in Dance Australia’s Critics Survey 2009. While working with the West Australian Ballet, Cass was commissioned to choreograph numerous works, including It Is, Soul Searching, Adaptation, Ludwig Ravelling and in 2013, Yes I’ll move for you which was recently mentioned in the 2013 Dance Australia Critics Survey for the ‘Best New Work’ and ‘Most Outstanding Choreographer’ categories.
In 2010 Cass became co-director of the Australian dance/media company, Ludwig, where he created and performed in several dance works including Solo 1.5, which was awarded Most Outstanding Performance at the 2011 Rome International Choreography Competition. In 2012 he was awarded 3rd prize at the Stuttgart International Dance Theatre Festival for his performance in BodySong, choreographed by Emma Sandall. In 2012 Cass co-created and performed Fleck&Flecker with Emma Sandall, which in 2013 was awarded Most Outstanding Choreography at the West Australian Dance Awards and named Best New Work in Dance Australia’s 2013 Critics Survey. Cass has also choreographed on Link Dance Company, So You Think You Can Dance Australia and for various commercial events.
Cass joined Sydney Dance Company in January 2013 and has performed in Rafael Bonachela‘s Emergence (2013), Les Illuminations (2013-2015), 2 One Another (2013-2015), 2 in D Minor (2014), Scattered Rhymes (2014), Frame of Mind (2015), New Breed (2015) and Triptych (2015). Frame of Mind won the 2015 Helpmann Award for ‘Best Choreography in a Dance Work’ and ‘Best Dance Work’.
He has also featured in the works of guest choreographers Larissa McGowan(Fanatic), Alexander Ekman (Cacti), Jacopo Godani (Raw Models), Gideon Obarzanek (L’Chaim!) and Parenthesis by Andonis Foniadakis as well as performing a featured role in William Forsythe’s Quintett. He was a part of the collaboration with Kaldor Public Art Projects for the contemporary art exhibition 13 Rooms where Sydney Dance Company featured in Allora and Calzadilla’s Revolving Door. Cass choreographed a piece for Sydney Dance Company’s 2014 New Breed season, Dogs and Baristas and Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Le Grand Tango in April 2015.
Cass was recently nominated for a 2014 Green Room Award for ‘Best Male Dancer’ in Interplay and he won the 2015 Helpmann Award for ‘Best Male Dancer’ in William Forsythe’s Quintett.