Growing up in Queens, New York, Daniel trained in all the required fields for musical theater with Teresa and Mark Aubel. At 12, he started training in classical ballet with private coach, Barbara Walczak, and trains with her whenever he returns home. At 14, he started attending Professional Children’s School and The School of American Ballet, where he trained in the Balanchine technique for four years on scholarship. At 17, Daniel moved to Seattle and trained for two years on scholarship as a professional division student with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. In his two years there, he danced in various roles in Robbins’, Glass Pieces, Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and their world premiere staging of Giselle. He also danced in school performances including the Second Movement Principal role in Balanchine’s Western Symphony. After two years in Seattle, Daniel joined Ballet Idaho.
In six seasons, he has been featured in many roles including the Pas de Trois and Neapolitan Divertissement in Swan Lake, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and in Balanchine’s Rubies. He has also danced the principal role as the lead male in Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie.
Daniel has choreographed eight ballets for the NewDance series and consistently collaborates with local artists like Thick Business and Sun Blood Stories for these productions. He has premiered three works at the Morrison Center, Qualia, This Mortal’s Mosaic, and The Monster and The Gift, which featured original artwork and an original score, both created for Ballet Idaho. Two of Daniel’s pieces have been featured in Boise’s Treefort Music Fest. For the 2017/2018 season, Daniel will create a main stage work, Madmen Across the Water, which will feature the music of Elton John.
Sponsored for the 2017/18 season by Sondra and Richard Hackborn.