Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company

  • NY


720 W. 181 St., #31
New York
United States

About Us

"Founded upon a philosophy that dance should celebrate human achievement through a combination of discipline and unbound optimism." The New York Sun

The Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, a New York-based nonprofit organization directed by choreographer, teacher, and dancer Daniel Gwirtzman, has demonstrated a commitment to education since its inception in 1998. Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this year, over a decade of programming without pause, the Company has stayed true to its mission of cultivating the creation of innovative art and presenting this to the public in interactive, accessible, and meaningful ways. This is achieved through classes, workshops, lecture-demonstrations, residencies, performances, the website, and instructional videos. Programs encourage audiences to be active participants, as part of the Company's effort to integrate communities into the dance-making and performing process. striving to teach people how dance can play a meaningful part of their physical and overall well-being.

The Company holds regular seasons in NY, tours regionally and internationally, and participates in festivals. Since the beginning, DGDC has been transforming diverse populations of all abilities and ages into dancers. The Company has been contracted with the New York City Department of Education since 1999, teaching more than 15,000 students, including parents, teachers, administrators, and special education students within the City's public schools to learn and create dances, improvise, collaborate and perform, and conducting professional development workshops for NYC DOE dance educators.

Known for its entertaining flair, stylistic diversity, musicality, innovation, and accessibility, Mr. Gwirtzman's choreography has received consistently high praise. "A troupe I'd follow anywhere," The Village Voice has written. The organization is always looking for opportunities to expand the scope of its programming, and to promote the creative work that the Company produces. All ongoing residencies in the public schools conclude with an Open Class/Performance, in which parents and invited guests observe the students, and then participate in learning dances alongside them. All performances, have a talkback component. For the last three years a series called In The Studio has been produced. Central to the Company's mission of making dance accessible to all, these lecture-performances are free of charge and open to the general public. Narrated by Mr. Gwirtzman and the Company, the focus of these programs is specifically to demystify concert dance, and to empower audiences to view and speak about work they have just seen. It is this model of producing work that the Company sees as its specific niche.

Dynamic and multifaceted, the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Compay has a rich fourteen-year history. Please visit the Company Trailer, a four-minute overview of the Company's programming.

Encore, an official selection of the 2009 New York Musical Theater Festival, has been produced to strong acclaim since its premiere in 2007. In 2009 the Company had commissions from the Queens Museum of Art, where it premiered Reform, and Nextbook, where the program-length Tribe premiered at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Gwirtzman's evening-length solo The Lecture was presented at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in November of 2010.

Watch our acclaimed Encore Trailer and see what all the fun is about!

From 2010-2012 the Company stayed busy conducting residencies in several NYC public arts high schools; premiering commissioned work at La Mama, Dixon Place, The Flea Theater, among other venues; and conducting residencies outside of the City.

In 2012, the Company received a prestigious SPARC grant to provide services in creative aging programming. Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC) is a collaboration among the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department for the Aging, and the City's five local arts councils. This program is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Company performed at both the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and made its debut at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the summer of 2012.

In 2013 the Company enjoyed a program of new and reconstructed dances at the Abrons Arts Center and enjoyed a residency in Bahia, Brazil, where new work with the community was made and produced.

In 2014, DGDC celebrated its Fifteenth Anniversary Season with the world premiere, The Oracle, at the prestigious Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAM Fisher, May 30-June 1.

In 2015, the Company presented its Greatest Hits Program at Bryant Park to thousands of New Yorkers and visitors. The Oracle toured to various venues including The Ailey Citigroup Theater in Manhattan where the dance was presented by the American Dance Guild in its annual season and in Atlanta. The Oracle was included in Arts/ATL's year-end list of "the most exquisite moments in dance." The review noted that the work “offered fresh perspective on modern dance’s formal values with sparkling sweep and joyful physicality...mathematical elegance and human warmth...a vision that vibrated on a frequency of harmony and brilliance.” .

In 2016, The Oracle made its Jazz at Lincoln Center debut during the Association of Performing Arts Presenters' annual conference, presented by the Booking Dance Festival, and toured to Nazareth College (Rochester, NY). Encore was licensed by various companies including the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre. Terrain, a dance film produced by DGDC, made its world premiere screening at the Fenòmens Festival in Barcelona.

In 2017, The Company's production of Encore has been licensed by The University of Florida, The Florida School of the Arts (a college) and the Charlotte Dance Festival Repertory Dance Ensemble.

Most thankfully, the Company was awarded a multi-year Performing Arts Recovery Initiative Grant from George Soros' Open Society Foundations.

DGDC invites you to participate in the dance.