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DGDC receives CUNY residency

The Company has been awarded a residency through the City University of New York (CUNY) Dance Initiative, a program providing rehearsal and performance space to New York City choreographers and dance companies.  In its second year, CDI opens the doors of CUNY campuses to New York City choreographers and dance companies by assisting the colleges with artist fees, rehearsal expenses, and marketing efforts.  DGDC will be in residence this summer at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn.

Overall CUNY is awarding 26 dance companies/choreographers residencies at 11 CUNY colleges in 2015.   There were 142 applications.  In addition to providing space for artists to create work and rehearse, all of the CDI projects include programs for students ― master classes, open rehearsals ― along with public events such as lecture-demonstrations and performances.  Stay tuned for more information!

New Year New Partnerships

The Company’s beloved Encore enters its eighth year in active repertory.  Since its premiere at New York’s Joyce SoHo in 2007, there has never been a year when the work has not been performed, and by multiple companies, not only by DGDC.  It was prescient of The New Yorker to write at that time: “Encore is both the title of Gwirtzman’s new dance suite and the response it’s likely to inspire.”

This winter, Encore will be performed by The University at Buffalo‘s dance department and by Terpsichord, the first high school contemporary dance company in Tennessee and a signature program of the acclaimed Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga.  GPS dance has historically been a model program for dance education throughout the country. We are excited to be working with nineteen bright, young women!

We’re a repertory company.  Dances accumulate.  Some retire.  Some live on through video.  Some live on in the flesh.  During our 15th anniversary season last year the Company brought back the much-loved, dynamic Volcano.  This January 16 at the Alabama Dance Festival, in Birmingham, AL, the Kennesaw State University Dance Company gives the dance its Alabama premiere.  Our classic duet Obsession makes its Tennessee debut at The Baylor School January 30 and 31.

March sees performances of Mapping at NYC’s Inception to Exhibition Dance Festival (March 12, New York); the international opening of the exhibition Pause at the Zuckerman Museum of Art (March 14, Kennesaw, GA); and at the Charlotte Dance Festival (March 23, Charlotte, North Carolina).

In 2007, the Company performed in Times Square as part of Dancers Responding to AIDS/Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Summer Solstice event.  Pictured: Stacy Martorana, Jamie Scott, Christian von Howard, Daniel Gwirtzman, Madeline Hoak and Corey Wright.  A stellar cast!

Falling in all Directions

For Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, fall’s curriculum covers a range of stimulating projects, in academia, the professional field and the general community. It is the diet we follow and love, what keeps us in prime shape. October 17-18 DG participates in the Tennessee Association of Dance’s annual Tennessee Dance Festival, Chattanooga, TN October 23-26 DGDC [...]

BAM Season: May 30-June 1

The Oracle at BAM Fisher

The ORACLE World Premiere May 30, May 31, June 1, at BAM Fisher. Read all about the performance on our ORACLE page.  

Rock The Boat

DG in Rock The Boat

The last film of The Brazil Series is the rollicking fun Rock The Boat. Classical, improvisational and hip-hop forms blend into a picnic of delights when this seaman’s obsession with dance animates a series of empty boats.  Watch it HERE on our Fifteen Anniversary Page.

Crab World

Daniel Gwirtzman in Crab World

It’s a crab’s world after all. Daniel Gwirtzman and filmmaker Rafael Silva de Carvalho collaborated on Crab World, a two-minute film shot on location in Misericordia, Bahia, a tiny village on the island of Itaparica, across the Bay from Salvador. Watch the film HERE!

Into The Streets

Nana and Leonardo

With wit, great will and a cast of Brazilian dancers of diverse backgrounds, Daniel leads the enthusiastic literally into the streets of  Salvador da Bahia, the former capital of Brazil.   Filmed at the time of historic protests this film is a peaceful response to the violent uprisings.  In the heart of Afro-Brazil, just blocks [...]


Daniel in Pier

Pier (2014), a dance-for-camera film created in Bahia, captures the perfect symbiosis of elements: a clear day during the heavy rainy season with good light at high tide. In Bahia surprises abound and when the elements conspired the collaborative team ran.  Click HERE to watch the humorous, sensory 4-minute video.

Escape to Bahia: Chegada

Gwirtzman in Chegada

At long last, the Brazil Series!  Daniel Gwirtzman returned to Brazilian soil in the summer of 2013 after exactly ten years thanks to a two-month fellowship from the Sacatar Foundation. One of many films made while in Bahia, the film Chegada, which means arrival in Portuguese, highlights the beauty of the natural landscape and Daniel’s [...]

Life Coach Danny: Spring Tips

Life Coach Danny

He’s back! And by popular demand! Daniel Gwirtzman’s hilarious alter ego, Life Coach Danny, offers a plethora of everyday advice in Spring Tips: Five Tips for a New You in the New Spring, a three-minute video.  Exercise, nutrition, healthy living, these are the topics, and more!, LCD preaches from his pulpit. Check out his infectiousness! [...]