Inspired by what surrounds me everyday – art on the street, debates in the news, radio podcasts, personal stories, and natural and urban landscapes – my work creates a dialogue about what we choose to see and how we choose to interact. I see the audience as a collaborator in my work, especially in the early stages. Therefore, showings and discussions are integral to my artistic process. I cultivate movement from sourced material, improvisation games, and props, which create an engaging dance context that stems from my life experiences and relationships. Realizing that the stories I tell through movement affect each audience member uniquely, as choreographer, my role is to integrate the diverse ideas into a cohesive whole. Particularly in today’s social and political climate, dance is a powerful tool that sparks necessary dialogue and harmonizes perceived contrast.
Danielle is a New York native and founder of Nazmo Dance Collective. Nazmo Dance Collective has presented and performed work at Lincoln Center, with the New World Symphony, for Art Basel Miami, Gibney Dance Center, Center for Performance Research, the HATCH presenting series, Harlem Repertory Theater, West End Theater, the Rift Blackbox Theater, and Little Haiti Cultural Center. Danielle’s dance films have been presented at several film festivals including, Cucalorus, ScreenDance Miami, and Dance on Camera in Lincoln Center. In 2016 she was invited to the Doug Varone Devices choreographic mentorship program. She received her BS in Dance and English from Northwestern University where she worked with prominent Chicago artists such as Billy Seigenfeld and The Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, Annie Bessera and Striding Lion, and Jeff Hancock. She has performed at Jacob’s Pillow and worked with Chet Walker, Bill Hastings and Dana Moore.