Daniel Riley

Dance Artist (Alumni)

  • Dubbo

Daniel is a Wiradjuri man from Western New South Wales. He joined Bangarra is 2007 after graduating from Queensland University of Technology. Through his 12 years with Bangarra, he worked as a Dancer and contributed to the company's repertoire as a Choreographer on four occasions (Riley, Blak, Miyagan, Dark Emu). He left the organisation in 2018.



Daniel’s bloodline reaches and traces back through the Wiradjuri Nation of Western New South Wales.



Daniel is a Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher and Producer from the Wiradjuri nation of Western New South Wales.

He began his dance training at Quantum Leap and since graduating from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2006 has danced for Leigh Warren & Dancers (2005-2006), New Movement Collective UK (2014), Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre UK (2014) and was a Senior Artist with Bangarra Dance Theatre (2007-2018). He has been nominated for Australian Dance Awards (2010, 2013) and for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Deadly Awards (2010, 2012 & 2013).

His film credits include Dan Sultan's Under Your Skin and Stephen Page’s Spear, where he made his film debut as well as working as Director’s Attachment. Daniel has conducted masterclasses, workshops and taught company class for organisations and companies across Australia and around the world.

Daniel’s choreographic credits include Riley (2010), Blak (2013), Miyagan (2016), Dark Emu (2018) for Bangarra; Dancenorth's Communal Table (2019), Sydney Dance Company's Reign (2015), QL2's Hit the Floor Together (2013), Twelve Ascensions (2013) at QUT, and Louisville Ballet's Sacred Shifts (2015).

Daniel is currently the Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre where he is the first First Nations director of a non-First Nations dance company in Australia.