Inspired by a post by April Rose. I dance… …to connect to my body. …to release tension. …to communicate with others. …to meet new people. …to express myself in ways that my words cannot. …to lose myself. …to find myself. …to connect with Her. …to be vulnerable. …to grieve. …to open my heart. …to fall[…]
I think everyone has something important and relevant to say. Some use music. Others use visual art or words. I communicate through dance. Where my words fail me, my body makes up for in movement. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I’ve met my closest friends and lovers through dance (yes, even my lovers). Oum[…]
I’ve been thinking that maybe it’s a good idea to get to know the person behind Danielle Dance. It’s one of my goals to blog more, so why not get to know a little bit about me. What is your middle name// Alicia (pronounced Ah-lee-see-ya) Share you favorite subject in high school// European History with[…]
Intimate Revelations is a theatrical dance cabaret in which dancers delve into their most personal selves and share their discoveries with you. Perhaps you will see yourself in their dance. Join us… Featuring APRIL ROSE Dalia Carella Ranya Renee Rin Ajna Irina Bellyrina Brenna Crowley Entelechy Dance Theater Serena Spears Danielle Hutton Maki Moves Lauren[…]
First time teaching in New York City, Victoria Teel will be offering six hours of her signature workshops! Limited to only 20 students! Single workshop – $65 until 8/31; $80 after Both workshops – $115 until 8/31; $145 after Registration opens April 19th at 12:00pm EST! Workshops Saturday – Fluidity and Flow $65.00 USDSunday –[…]
Yes! Mirapiece Theater will be coming to New York City on November 6th at The Players Theatre! Two of Mira Betz’s beautiful pieces will be on the stage, and we’ll have amazing talent sharing their art with us. Dancers include: Irina Akulenko Maki Moves Brenna Crowley Reyna Alcala Francesca Avani Cesar Madera and more! November[…]
Yes, indeed! On the 20th, I will be celebrating my 32nd birthday. I’m so grateful to have another year on this planet to dance, live, and love. These past few months have been wonderful and at the same time bittersweet. I lost my grandmother in March to complications from cancer. This will be the first[…]
What a whirlwind of a week! I’m back from Tribal Massive a changed and inspired dancer. Tribal Massive has become a staple in my dance life, and I’m already planning to return for 2017. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to study with the greats (Mira Betz, Kami Liddle, Ariellah, Sera Solstice, Sharon Kihara,[…]
Happy New Year! Wow! What can I say about 2015? Like every year, there are ups and downs, but overall it’s been a year of creativity, and I’m so proud of what I’ve accomplished. Let’s take a look at some highlights: Attended Tribal Massive under the Advanced/Pro track, where I performed a solo at the[…]
It’s not every day a dancer can can say that she’s performing with an eleven-piece band, but I’m so honored to have the opportunity to do so with Jerry Bezdikian on October 17th! Melanya and Serena will also be sharing their dance talents, so join us for a night of music, dance, and magic! Parkside[…]
A Choreographer’s Vision: Fluid Elegance featuring Victoria Teel
September 24, 2017
161A Chrystie Street
between Delancey and Rivington Streets
$25 in advance; $30 at the door
Doors open at 7:00pm, Show starts at 7:30pm
A Celebration of Elisheva
October 1, 2017
334 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY
Doors open at 6:00pm, Show starts at 6:30pm
Bellyqueen School of Dance
440 Studios – 440 Lafayette Street, New York, NY
Beginner Traveling Combos – Sundays 4:30pm – 5:30pm – Room 4D
A Day in the Life… Choreography – Sundays 5:30pm – 6:30pm – Room 4D
Learn a conceptual contemporary fusion choreography to “Sixtyten” by Boards of Canada. Students will present this choreography for the student showcase in December.
Beginner Traveling Combos – Wednesdays 6:30pm – 7:30pm – Room 4C
Midnight Tides Choreography – Wednesdays 7:30pm – 8:30pm – Room 4C
Embrace softness and mystery in this contemporary fusion choreography to “Without You” by Lapalux. Students may present this choreography for the Bellyqueen showcase in December
I’m available for private lessons, choreography consultations, and choreography creations.
For more information, please email me at email@example.com
May 14, 2016 – SuperFunDanceCamp. Sunrise Lake. Cold Spring, New York.
March 17-20, 2016 – Art of the Belly. The Carousel Hotel. Ocean City, Maryland.
March 13, 2016 – Manhattan Tribal presents Kristine Adams of FCBD. JeBon. New York City.
March 3, 2016 – The Massive Spectacular. Mirapiece Theater. The Railhead. Las Vegas, Nevada.
February 29, 2016 – Tribal Massive Showcase. Soloist. The Plaza Hotel. Las Vegas, Nevada.
February 17, 2016 – Djam NYC: Danielle, Dorit Oitzinger, and Brenna Crowley perform. JeBon. New York City
February 9, 2016 – Kay Kaziyah presents School’s Out Belly Dance Show: Valentine’s Day the Artists Way. JeBon. New York City.
January 30, 2016 – BrennSelle presents Baile Noir: WinterLust. JeBon. New York City
October 17, 2015 – Jerry Bezdikian Ensemble presents Danielle, Melanya, and Serena. Parkside Lounge. New York City
September 6, 2015 – Brenselle presents Baile Noir: La Femme Fatale. Je’Bon. New York City.
June 19, 2015 – The Subverse: Fusion Dance by Solstice Tribe. Le Poisson Rouge. New York City.
June 17, 2015 – Djam NYC – Danielle’s 31st Birthday Party. Je’Bon. New York City.
June 14, 2015 – Bellyqueen Summer Hafla. Secret Theater. Long Island City, NY.
May 12-17, 2015 – Tribal Fest 15. Performed with Solstice Tribe and Bellyqueen. Sebastopol, CA.
May 1-4, 2015 – Spring Caravan. Performed with Solstice Tribe and Bellyqueen. Somerset, NJ.
April 16-19, 2015 – New York Cairo Festival. Performed with Bellyqueen. New York City.
March 29, 2015 – Divina Commedia. The Player’s Theater. New York City.
March 19-22, 2015 – Art of the Belly Festival. Ocean City, MD.
February 21-28, 2015 – Tribal Massive. Tribal Massive Showcase as a soloist. The Massive Spectacular with Solstice Tribe. Las Vegas, NV.
When New York-based fusion belly dance performer Danielle Hutton moves, it’s sensuality incarnate. It’s a concentrated slow burn of sincerity and elegant emotionality. Authenticity and nuanced grace imbues all of Danielle’s work: in her dancing, both her solo and collaborative work, as a choreographer, creator, and consultant, and as an educator, teaching privately, instructing classes, and conducting transformative workshops.
“When I go onstage, I share my heart and tell my story in dance,” she reveals. “It’s not about breaking down, though, it’s about rising up and showing who you are at the core. You’re sharing your experiences with people, and that fosters a deep personal and artistic connection with others.”
For over 14 years, Danielle has been a fixture within the New York City belly dance community. She was principal dancer in Solstice Dance Ensemble from 2008-2010. During her tenure with the collective, she performed at such distinguished events as Tribal Fest, The Massive Spectacular, Rakkasah East, and Spring Caravan. In addition to these collaborations, she’s had the honor of performing with Zilla Dance Ensemble, Bellyqueen, and Sera Solstice’s “Solstice Tribe.” As a smoldering solo performer, Danielle has entranced audiences through her appearances at American History of Belly Dancers of Color. Danielle’s stirring choreography is defined by an articulate narrative sense and vulnerability.
Danielle combines her technique and experience as a dancer with refreshing attention to the artist’s journey in her work as an educator. Previously, she has been an instructor at the Bellyqueen School of Dance. Currently, Danielle offers private lessons, specializing in drills, and she’s also a highly capable choreography creator and consultant. Additionally, Danielle conducts intensive workshops—her “Make It Real” immersive program will be featured at Art of the Belly in Ocean City, Maryland and at Super Fun Dance Camp in Cold Springs, New York.
Danielle’s signature aesthetic is couched in the Middle Eastern belly dance tradition, and personalized by her restlessly imaginative creativity. Her formative instructors include Reyna Alcala and Sera Solstice. She has also had the opportunity to study with Mira Betz, Zoe Jakes, Olivia Kissel, Jillina, Kaeshi Chai, and Natalie Nazario.
As a seeker, she’s constantly refining and reimagining her pool of inspirations. Within her work, she utilizes contact improvisation, free form and hip-hop dance, and she frequently makes bold musical choices for her performances. Her movements have been favorably described as earthy and watery. In performance, she exhibits an arousing emotionality, building crescendos and dizzying the audience with a rare sense of artistic intuition.
“I like building anticipation, through slow, tempered moments. I want to send shivers down their spine, and I want them to know when I look at them, they’re in for a ride,” Danielle reveals.
Her performance instincts also permeate her collaborations. Danielle is a sensitive interpreter of vision and rhythm when she dances in real time with live musicians or works to realize choreographer’s vision.
Within her own choreography, Danielle seeks to bring forth an intimate expressivity that connects the dancer and the audience. One of her defining pieces, 2015’s Hope Springs Eternal, was an autobiographical solo piece that recounted a complex time of personal struggle with slow, haunting beauty. Another choreography highlight was a profound performance of Dante’s Divina Commedia, featuring a 15-body dance ensemble. In this context, Danielle guided her dancers into emotional authenticity through tasking them to journal their feelings.
“I didn’t want to convey the fire and brimstone cliché of hell. I wanted to elicit real emotion, so I asked them to write down what hell meant to them. I didn’t want them to enact anything, I wanted them to be in touch with a true feeling while they performed,” Danielle recalls. “If the movements are reactions to a real place they’ve accessed, than the piece will come off successfully.”
Danielle brings this spirit into her teaching work. “My life experiences shape the way I move, and I want my students to find that within them,” she explains. “I don’t want them to dance like me. I want them to find what works best for them and use their experience to shape how they move, what performances they choose to undertake, and the kind of music they chose to use in their routines.” She calls this dancing with authenticity, and it involves introspection, vulnerability and talking stock of one’s personal life to create emotionally resonant work as a performer.
One epiphanic exercise she will share with students is a movement mediation called Ecstatic Dance. The process involves putting on a piece of music and moving to it without being attached to technique or how it looks. It’s a deep dive into how music and movement together can embody your feelings. “It saved my life from the grips of a heavy depression,” Danielle says.
Danielle’s own life has been transformed through her journey in dance. “In high school, I was shy and introverted. I was insecure about my body and hid with baggy and loose-fitting clothes,” she confides. At 17, she saw a live belly dance performance at a restaurant, and asked her mother if she could take a class. “I took to it like a fish in water,” she recounts. The grace, strength, and self-knowledge from the discipline of dance have changed immeasurably. “I notice when I walk down this street, I have this belly dance posture, it’s a lifted quality,” she details.
She continues the discovery through her recent fascination with Argentine tango. Though she intends to keep this exploration a separate endeavor from her professional career in belly dancing, she still savors the rewards of the connection between body and heart movement. “It brings forth a beauty and connection with other people that I don’t get because I’m inherently an introvert,” she confides.
Up next, Danielle is embracing a new era of fevered creativity with a busy calendar of workshops, teaching opportunities, and performances. Thinking back on her journey and the core philosophy that’s been constant in her 14-year career, she says: "My method of storytelling is dance. I hope my work touches people and help others harness the power of expression in dance."