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JDD Workshop

Jordan Daniels Dance will be creating a new evening length piece titled "all we really want to do is...." The work will implement a seamless sound score of both live records and an electronic performance score created by Charles Barth. Bringing in the inspiration of funk music and the resurfacing funk rhythms in popular music, I hope to create a contemporary physical and visual vocabulary to show an audience the longevity and compatibility of music and dance.  


The piece will abstract the circular motion of trends in popular art. Rather than demonstrating the funk era on stage theatrically, ideas will be physically abstracted through the lens of a minimally exposed researcher born in the 20th century, creating art in the 21st.  Daniels find the resurfacing of funk music refreshing because of the spontaneous and politically charged roots of the music, and its connection to cultural struggles of it's time. 

Artist Bio


Jordan Daniels is a professional dance artist from Phoenix, Arizona who graduated with his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in performance dance from The Meadows School of the Arts at  Southern Methodist University in May of 2014. While at SMU he has performed works by Bill T.  Jones, Adam Hougland, Cathy Young, Billy Sigenfeld, Bruce Wood, and new works by Josh Peugh, Danny Burceski and Joost Vrouenraets contemporary “Rite of Spring.”


As a choreographer, Jordan has set works, JPj4, Face Down, and Under Blankets, Body and Heart and All. Face Down has recently been named a official selection for Beta Dance Festival at the Phoenix Center for the Arts and The Dance Gallery Festival in New York City at the Citi Group Alivin Ailey Theater Center on October 24th-26th.  


While in Arizona Jordan worked as dancer, teacher, and creator of both stage and film dance works. As a dancer he was a full company member of CONDER/Dance. Performing works by Carley Conder, Keith Johnson, Mary Fitzgerald, and Alisa Gillespie. A full company member of  Instinct Dance Corps, performing works by Katherine Alter, Janet Charelston, Christopher Dolder, Ashleigh Leitte, Carley Conder, and Angela Rosenkrans, and as a member of collaborative professional dance collective Rosenkrans Dans. As a teacher Jordan currently holds faculty positions at Ballet Arizona, Arizona School for the Arts, FullOutPerformance Dance Company, and previously at the Mesa Center for the Arts, Studio 3 Performing Arts, and The Dance Factory. Jordan has been a member of the School of Ballet Arizona Summer intensive in 2012 and now again in 2014 teaching Classical and Contemporary Modern Technique and Repertory. As a creator Jordan has created and premiered stage work under self produced choreographic venture named JordanDanielsDance at Breaking Ground Dance & Film Festival Student Showcase 2012, Arizona Got Dance Showcase 2012 and 2013, Breaking Ground Contemporary Dance & Film Festival 2014; with performances of work "Face Down" occurring in June and October in Phoenix and New York City.  


JordanDanielsDance created its first dance film venture Drug, in collaboration with Phoenix film production company Aparius Productions. Drug has premiered in Phoenix at Dulce Expressiones Cinco and was seen locally at Pages for Content Community Art Gatherings, and Phoenix Comicon. Most recently JordanDanielsDance has been commissioned by ARTEL, Scottsdale Arizona Jazz Ensemble, FullOutPerformance Dance Company, and Falcon Dance Company.

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