Dani

Why book Dani?

Known for her transparency and unapologetic honesty, Dani has become a strong female voice as a spoken word artist, writer, and performance poet. Becoming a signed author & publishing her book, The Rantings of Dani, is just one of the many feats this phenomenal artist has accomplished. From the world of competitive slam poetry to motivational speaking, Dani provides entertainment that borders on therapy through the sharing of her personal experiences detailed in spoken word. With a rare ability to share the most intimate thoughts and experiences, blend them with a "you gotta laugh not to cry" humor, Dani provides her audience with something with which everyone can relate.

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Dani Visits Cabarrus Kannapolis Early College in Concord, NC

The students of Cabarrus Kannapolis Early College High School love Dani! This age group respects authenticity, relevance, and pizazz! Dani provided it all in a way that touched students deeply, brought hope, and inspired them to pursue their dreams despite humble/painful pasts. They were excited all week about her return this year and want her back again. Dani's message is powerful and practical for audiences of all walks of life. She's a blessing to our student body.

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Reviewer: Yolanda B.
Event: Seminar in Concord, NC
Event Date: Sep 20, 2013
Hired As: Motivational Speaker, Spoken Word Artist

Review by Dashinka B.

Dani was utterly amazing, beyond her beautiful smile, she had charisma and when we spoke it silence the room. I remember looking at her as she spoke and shedding tears, she was so soulful. That night I let go of something but I picked up something(s) and it was exactly what I needed. Thank you so much Dani for your inspiration

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Reviewer: Dashinka B.
Event: Private Party in New Bern, NC
Event Date: Feb 19, 2011

Review by Angelina H.

New Bern Civic Theatre prides itself on bringing quality shows that enhance, include, educate, and entertains the community, as well as introducing new artforms to the stage. Dani Cook's powerful performance left us in awe and was the perfect breath of fresh air that we needed. Weeks after her performance we are still getting feedback on the show's intensity, honesty, and thought provoking messages. Working with her on this special event was a wonderful experience and her professionalism is unsurpassed. I would be thrilled to have her grace our stage again in the future.

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Reviewer: Angelina H.
Organization: New Bern Civic Theatre
Event: Private Party in New Bern, NC
Event Date: Feb 18, 2011
Hired As: Spoken Word Artist, Spoken Word Artist

Review by Adrian T. L.

Dani was and still continues to amaze me. Her style, charisma and ability to win over any crowd is worth seeing for yourself. You feel her experiences in every word....its like walking with her. Truly a pleasure to work with and a must see!!

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Reviewer: Adrian T. L.
Organization: Checkmate 360 Marketing and Entertainment
Event: Club/Nightclub in Charlotte, NC
Event Date: Sep 5, 2010
Hired As: Spoken Word Artist, Spoken Word Artist

Review by Dana S.

Dani was very prompt, punctual and quick to respond to requests as needed. She was asked to write a piece on AIDS awareness and delivered a beautiful piece that the crowd and business owner absolutely loved the piece. I will continue to work with Dani as she brings a certain "spice" to the events I host/plan.

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Reviewer: Dana S.
Organization: Motivation Marketing Firm.com
Event: Launch Party in Charlotte, NC
Event Date: Jul 2, 2010
Hired As: Spoken Word Artist, Spoken Word Artist

Review by Travis C.

Dani was energizing, electrifying and engaging from beginning to end. Also before and after Dani’s performance she interacted and connected with the attendees. I would recommend Dani’s live performance to all.

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Reviewer: Travis C.
Event: Anniversary Party in Charlotte, NC
Event Date: Oct 21, 2010

Review by Adinea M. D.

Dani is an amazing artist who speaks with passion, depth and insight. Her poetry is real and represents a part of her life she has fought through to live. I am excitedly looking forward to her new works as she continues to discover who she is and how she fits into this thing called Life. I look forward to her writings of marvel, triumph, and love. Professionally, she is a joy to work with and understands the lines of artistry and connecting with her/your audience.

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Reviewer: Adinea M. D.
Organization: LBG Productions
Event: Concert Venue in Charlotte, NC
Event Date: Sep 12, 2010
Hired As: Spoken Word Artist

Review by Carey D.

Dani mesmerized the crowd with her spoken word. Many of the attendees left the event talking about how she was powerful and wanted to hear more of her.
A true artist indeed!

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Reviewer: Carey D.
Organization: Urban Tymes Magazine
Event: Anniversary Party in Charlotte, NC
Event Date: Oct 21, 2010
Hired As: Spoken Word Artist, Author

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 30 - 120 minutes
  • Fee: Contact for rates
  • Languages: English

Overview

Depending on the type of event, your overall experience may vary, but what will be consistent, is an open, honest, and real look at the issues that life throws at us. You will see material that you can relate to either because you have been through it yourself, or know someone who has experienced it. You may be touched, offended, made angry, made to laugh, or even sad. But no matter what emotion you feel, you will respect the work displayed in front of you because it will be honest in its presentation.

Past Booked Events

03/24/12 Charlotte - Women's Empowerment Seminar
03/01/12 CIAA Taste of Charlotte
02/29/12 CIAA Taste of Charlotte
02/19/12 The Venue, Charlotte NC

Dani

Dani was raised in the hills of northeast Tennessee. After almost five years of military service following high school, she moved back home where she got married and started her family. Now, Dani has moved to Charlotte with her two beautiful daughters and began pursuing her writing career. Spoken word was new to her in the beginning and while it was never her intention
to become a “poet”, she has found a home behind the mic relating to her audience about the issues of life.

Personally...
Known for her transparency and unapologetic honesty, Dani has created a reputation as one of the "realest" performers around. It's this realness that has catapulted her into the forefront of not just the poetry community, but as an entertainer and motivational speaker as well. While her professional accomplishments are to be appreciated, Dani is most proud of her personal achievements. As a witness to domestic abuse and survivor of sexual abuse as a child, a disable veteran, single mother successfully raising two daughters, and woman battling Graves' Disease, Dani realizes that words help even if they don't completely heal. The right words can help young women rethink hasty decisions, be aware of bad situations, and become inspired to know all is not lost. And by sharing her words in both spoken and written word, she hopes to not only have an outlet for herself, but to bring something real that all of her audience can relate to and understand. She apologizes to no one for her honesty and issues only one disclaimer, a warning if you will, when it comes to the reading of her work:

"Read, but don't take offense. Absorb, but don't judge. These are my words... not yours."

Professionally...
Becoming a signed author and publishing her book, The Rantings of Dani, in June 2010 is just one of the many feats this phenomenal artist has accomplished. As a member of the nationally ranked Charlotte Respect Da Mic 2009 Slam Team, SlamCharlotte December 2009 Slam Champion, and Respect Da Mic WOW (Women of the World) Qualifier Slam Champion, Dani has made her mark in the competitive world of slam poetry. She has extended her reach from published word and slam champion to featuring as an opening act for such artists as Grammy-nominated Calvin Richardson, Doug E. Fresh, and Natalie Stewart of Floetry. In addition, she has become a regular featured poet on Charlotte's Number One Station for Blazing Hip Hop & R&B, Power98FM on No Limit Larry & The Morning Maddhouse Spoken Word segment with two time Emmy winner, Bluz. Performing for such events as My Black is Beautiful, the Black Expo, and For Sister's Only as well as putting together a boundary-breaking spoken word theatre production, Confessions from Both Sides of the Fence, has earned Dani a solid place amongst the newest movement in poetry. Dani's latest literary venture is a contributor for Urban Tymes Magazine. Her column, I'm Just Sayin', is a refreshing look at life, love, & relationships from a perspective only Dani could give. With the launch of her new "Dani-ism" product line & latest CD/DVD, Dual Diagnosis, in November, Dani continues to break barriers and stretch the typical stereotype of a poet.

Set List

We Women
Can I Play for You
Court of Emotional Crimes
Kindred Spirits
Don't Turn Out Like Me
If You're A Good Guy
Our Love is Like Worship
I Don't Want to be Loved
Love Not War
Dysfunctional Dysmemberment
Love & Basketball
My Addiction
Dual Diagnosis
BlackSwan
I'm Real
Kindred Spirits
Self Aware
Inception
Scary
Repo Man
Love Letter

*This is not a complete set list & material can be written for a specific theme/subject upon request.*

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