Daniel Gwirtzman

Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance Performance
Speciality: Dance

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Daniel joined the Department of Theatre Arts in the Fall of 2019, where he teaches dance. Courses include Jazz Dance Technique, Modern Dance Technique, Dance Composition, Survey of Dance History, Dance for the Camera, Partnering, and Advanced Dance Techniques: Repertory.  A producer, educator, filmmaker and performer, Daniel celebrates twenty-six years as a New York City choreographer and company director. Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, a New York City-based nonprofit teaching and performing organization, and its repertory have earned praise for its inventiveness, humor, stylistic diversity, musicality, charisma and accessibility. “Mr. Gwirtzman does know that in dance less can be more” writes The New York Times. The New Yorker describes him as a choreographer of “high spirits and skill.”

The nonprofit has been committed to education since its inception, operating with the philosophy that everyone can join the dance through multigenerational interactive programming. Incorporating dance and story into the film medium has been a consistent practice along with creating original programming for the stage. A body of dance films have screened nationally and abroad in a range of film festivals. Collaborations that erode boundaries, blend disparate genres and disciplines, involve community, promote accessibility, and celebrate performers' individuality and humanity are areas of focus.

Performance highlights include Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, Fire Island Dance Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Bryant Park, La MaMa, Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, New York City Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Museum of Jewish Heritage, The Queens Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He has been awarded commissions, residencies and fellowships from institutions including the Joyce Theater Foundation (NYC), The Yard (MA), Djerassi Resident Artists Program (CA), Raumars (Finland), Sacatar Foundation (Brazil), Sfakiotes Residency (Greece) Maison Dora Maar (France), Centro Negra (Spain), The Studios of Key West (FL), Gdański Festiwal Tanca (Poland), CUNY Kinsgborough Community College (Brooklyn), and Ucross (Wyoming).

Daniel has been on the faculty at SUNY Buffalo State, Kennesaw State University, The University of Michigan, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and The University of the Arts as well as a guest at numerous other schools including The University of Florida, Princeton University, New York University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Fordham University/The Ailey School, Barnard College, Joffrey Ballet School, American Dance Festival Studios, and the LaGuardia HS for the Performing Arts.

He graduated from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a BFA in Dance and holds a MFA from The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He was a company member of Garth Fagan Dance and the Mark Morris Dance Group among other companies, touring internationally with both.  In 1995 he co-founded Artichoke Dance Company, which The New York Times called “a welcome addition to the New York dance scene.” Artichoke, a title given for its metaphoric value as a repertory company with many layers and textures, continues to flourish.

In 2010, Daniel was selected by the DanceBreak Foundation, supporting the “next generation of great Broadway choreographers.” In 2014, Daniel celebrated DGDC’s fifteenth anniversary with the evening-length premiere of The Oracle at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Fisher. Arts/ATL described its “mathematical elegance” and “joyful physicality...a vision that vibrated on a frequency of harmony and brilliance.” In 2017, The Encore Project celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the premiere of the acclaimed show Encore, which was an official selection of the New York Musical Theater Festival in 2009. In 2018, it played to critical acclaim at the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival where the Democrat and Chronicle reviewed the show as “wonderful, fabulous…a modern dance A Chorus Line.”

Reviewing Intersections, the 20th Anniversary Season in February, 2019 at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y OnStageBlog’s critic writes: “Provocative, whimsical, and ethereal, the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company defies expectations of postmodern dance and soars, unafraid to take risks and dazzle with unflinching honesty.” 

As a dancer he has been described as “a willowy John Travolta, sensual, playful, a rag doll, unusually supple, and one who moves like the wind.” He serves as A Policy Board Member for the National Dance Education Organization.

His most recent initiative, the creation of a digital educational dance resource, Dance With Us, received leadership support form the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. In June of 2021, the Dance With Us online platform, conceived to demystify concert dance, launched. At the time of its premiere Harper’s Baazar selected the launch as among the “Top Best Art, Dance, Theater, and Music Events” nationally. Visit the platform here.