Seattle native Don Reider came to Halifax with his wife Valerie Dean, a native Haligonian. Dean is a former student of the great master of corporeal mime, Etienne Decroux, who she studied with in Paris. Reider, on the other hand is a past student of the great Czech mime, Bolislav Polivka.
After performing in Nova Scotia for a couple of years, Dean and Reider moved their company Klauniada back to Seattle. Kauniada is currently based in Montreal. They have performed across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Klauniada has appeared in Halifax in performance as part of the New Dance performing arts series.