Dancer, Choreographer, Instructor, Speaker, Activist, and Creative Visionary. Specializes in African Diasporic Dance and Principles, spreading liberation and knowledge thru art.
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What to Expect
Experienced visionary! A fun, respectable, trustworthy, and entertaining client! You will have nothing but fun, positivity, and never before seen energy from Dani Criss, The Artist.
Affectionately known as Dani Criss The Artist; a dancer, actress, activist, creator, and writer, Dani Criss seeks to explore the individuality in humanity, the concept of self liberation, and the use of ourselves and our work as catalyst for social change. She is heavily influenced by the African diaspora, her heritage, and the history we stand on as she implements thorough research elements and processes through her artistry. Trained extensively in the dances of the African Diaspora, predominantly in West African and Congolese techniques, various stylings of modern, jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, and liturgical dances. Dani is a graduate of High Point University with a B.A. in Theatre Performance and Dance. As an actress, she studies authentic storytelling and uses techniques such as Misner to connect to true places of empathy. From comedic relief, to the undeniable underdog, and the powerhouse, Dani grasps the essence of character work as if it’s her story; having worked in her collegiate theatre company, performing in outdoor theatre projects, collaborative theatre, and writing works of her own. She has trained with Collage Dance Company (Durham, NC), the American Dance Festival and their faculty (Durham, NC), Otesha Cultural Arts Ensemble (Winston Salem, NC), Urban Bush Women and the Summer Leadership Institute (New Orleans, LA & Brooklyn, NY), The Honorable Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble (Durham, NC), as well as numerous other professional artist around the country. Her work has been seen at High Point University (High Point, NC), the American College Dance Association (Tennessee and Mississippi), Mark Morris Dance Center (Brooklyn, NY), Headlong Theatre (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), The Durham Arts Council (Durham, NC), and other various festivals, schools, and venues in NC and NYC. Dani strives to create and display authentic work that will ultimately touch, inspire, and change lives. She is a native of Durham, NC and currently works, trains, teaches and performs as a freelance artist in Brooklyn, NY.
Influences & Inspiration
The African Diaspora
Sought after liberation
The advancement of people of color
Using art as a catalyst for social change
The Ancestors/The Greats that came before us and showed us the ways.
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