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Daniel Riley

Dance Artist

  • Dubbo

Daniel is a Wiradjuri man from Western NSW. 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 as a Senior Artist in 2018.

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Heritage

Daniel’s bloodline reaches and traces back through the Wiradjuri Nation of Western NSW.

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Bio

Daniel is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and producer from the Wiradjuri nation of Western NSW.

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: Under Your Skin and Stephen Page’s (Bangarra Dance Theatre): 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 Bangarra Dance Theatre: Riley (2010), (2013), Miyagan (2016), Dark Emu(2018), Dancenorth: Communal Table (2019), Sydney Dance Company: Reign (2015), QL2 Dance: Hit the Floor Together (2013, 2018), QUT: Twelve Ascensions (2013, 2018), Third Row Dance Company UK (2014), Canberra Dance Development Centre (2015) and Louisville Ballet, USA: Sacred Shifts. (2015)

Daniel is currently an Associate Producer at ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, is on staff at the Victorian College of the Arts teaching contemporary technique, as well as an independent dancer, teacher and choreographer.

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Awards

  • 2010
    Nominated - The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Deadly Award for Deadly Dancer of the Year
  • 2010
    Nominated - Australian Dance Award for Best Male Dancer
  • 2012
    Nominated - The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Deadly Award for Deadly Dancer of the Year
  • 2012
    Nominated – Deadly Award for Dancer of the Year
  • 2013
    Nominated - The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Deadly Award for Deadly Dancer of the Year
  • 2013
    Nominated – Australian Dance Award for Best Male Dancer
  • 2013
    Nominated - AusDance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer, Terrain