Danielle Dance

updates

A Choreographer's Vision: Intimate Revelations featuring April Rose
June 18, 2017
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
between Delancey and Rivington Streets
Bar opens at 6:00pm, Doors open at 7:00pm, Show starts at 7:30pm
Tickets: http://dixonplace.org/performances/a-choreographers-vision-intimate-revelations/

Weekly Classes

Danielle’s 6-Week Spring Session Tuesdays (May 9 – June 13)

Champions Studios – 257 West 39th Street, 14th Floor between 7th and 8th Aves

Beginner Belly Dance Technique Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:30pm ($20 drop-in; $105 for all 6 weeks)

Let’s get back to the basics of fundamental belly dance technique. Each week will have a different isolation theme (Circles, Figure 8s, Undulations, Shimmies, and Slides) with a focus on breaking down the pattern down to the sum of its part. We will also focus on learning Middle Eastern rhythms and finding our musicality over the course of the series.

Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Fusion Tuesdays 7:30 – 8:30pm ($20 drop-in; $105 for all 6 weeks; $199 for both Tuesday classes)

Find control. Let go. Over the series, we will be strengthening our fusion belly dance technique as well as utilize free form movement in intricate and creative combinations. We will also focus on turns, traveling steps, expansion/contraction, shape and form, and negative space to expand our vocabulary of movement.


Tuesday Classes



Bellyqueen School of Dance

440 Studios – 440 Lafayette Street Room 4D, New York, NY

Beginner Tribal Fusion – Sundays 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Tribal fusion beginner moves and drills. We will focus on fun and challenging combinations. Variations will be offered for different levels of experience.

Int/Adv Tribal Fusion – Sundays 5:30pm – 6:30pm

http://bellyqueen.com/classes/

A Choreographer’s Weekend with April Rose

Lucid Body House – 230 Lexington Avenue (between 33rd and 34th Street) New York, NY

I am so excited to have April Rose join us for a weekend of workshops on June 16-18, 2017. Eleven hours of study to take your dance and creative process to the next level!

Full weekend – 11 hours of study!

$275 until  4/30; $315 after

Timeless Bellydance

Friday, June 16th 7:00pm-9:00pm

$65 until 4/30; $75 after

*Bring Finger Cymbals*

Learn an artfully arranged combination of tribal and raqs orientale movements, layered with sagaat patterns, to create a rooted and regal vision of bellydance that highlights the essential principals of this dance form and spans across subgenre labels. In this dance, we aim to distill the form down to its timeless and trendless beauty.

Max. 30 students





Choreographers Workshop: Exposure

This is a condensed version of a full week-long intensive that April Rose will offer in November 2017 in Austin.

$250 until 4/30; $280 after

Informed by her Masters Degree in Dance from UCLA, April Rose shares her knowledge of the tools of choreography composition, a step-by-step process for making dances, application of these concepts to in-class projects, and entrepreneurial tips for how to organize one’s life as a professional dance maker.

The Tools

Saturday, June 17th 10:00am-1:00pm

Participants learn how to make a dance with technique, intellect, and spirit that keeps audience engaged by using such tools of choreography-making as dynamic, time, space, etc.

The Process

Saturday, June 17th 2:00pm-5:00pm

April Rose guides participants through a detailed, step-by-step, exampl of one way to make dances from the inception of an idea to completion. We discuss strategies for facing creative blocks, for keeping your project on schedule, and for making a meaningful dance using the tools of choreography composition. Students are invited to bring an idea of their own for a dance and/or a piece of music they would like to choreograph to.

The Practice

Sunday, June 18th 10:00am-1:00pm

In this workshop designed for current and apsiring professional dance makers, April Rose shares strategies for organizing one’s life as a self-motivated entrepreneurial artist. Participants are invited to do pattern recognition on their lives, create detailed production schedules, discover ways to stack functions, set specific goals, recognize helpful and harmful habits, and hone their creative spirit in the face of deadlines.

Max. 20 students

Registration opens January 15, 2017 at 12:00 EST.

IMPORTANT: Sales of the workshops are non-refundable. If you need to sell your spot, it is your responsibility to find someone to fill the spot.

Stay tuned for our show!

Bio:

An internationally sought-after teacher and performer, April Rose’s 17 year-long bellydance career includes such accomplishments as being a former principal dancer in Bellydance Superstars and UNMATA. April has a Masters degree in Dance Studies from UCLA and a BA in Dance, for which she was trained in choreographic method, multiple dance techniques, and critical dance theory. A dynamic and encouraging teacher, April uses all these skills in her thoughtful, rigorous, and playful approach to teaching bellydance. She is especially focused on the history of bellydance, its transformative potential, and its malleability for creative innovation. April Rose was the first certified teacher in Amy Sigil’s ITS format, she tours internationally, and runs intensives and regular classes at her dance studio in Austin Texas, Rose Movement Studio (www.rosemovement.com).  For more info visit: www.aprilrosedance.com.

I’m available for private lessons, choreography consultations, and choreography creations.
For more information, please email me at dannidances@gmail.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.

 

 

about danielle

“When I go onstage, I share my heart and tell my story in dance.”

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."