Dani Cole is a NYC-based dancer with ECHOensemble and founder of the activist movement collective Mobilized Voices/M O B I V. She was in process with Bill T. Jones as a community artist for his new work in January 2019. Dani has performed in works by Michael Thomas (Alvin Ailey), Alessio Silvestrin (Frankfurt Ballet), jill sigman/thinkdance, and Jessica DiMauro. Dani received her undergraduate degree from Marymount Manhattan College, where she studied dance and political science, trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and was a member of the inaugural Body Politic cohort facilitated by Jill Sigman.
As an improviser and choreographer, Dani is interested in body politics and the interdisciplinary, researching the intersections of choreographic frameworks and socio-political structures that are ripe with potentiality – her solo and group works have been shared through the 92nd St. Y, TADA! Theater, Actor’s Fund Arts Center, Bridge for Dance, Access Theatre, Emelin Theatre, and Marymount Manhattan College. Her recent dance piece, “don’t go back. where?” received the Alpha Chi award for “most outstanding researched work.” In 2018, Dani held a choreographic residency at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She has traveled to South Africa to meet with fellow student activists in advocacy for the decolonization of education and is an ambassador for the Foundation for Holocaust Education Projects. As a certified yoga instructor and somatic practitioner, Dani conducts self-created movement+connection workshops encouraging all bodies to unlock innovation through improvisation and to move consciously with others. Dani began at Gibney as an intern in August 2017 and is ecstatic to further her role in the community as the Curatorial Associate & Artist Coordinator! firstname.lastname@example.org