Daniel Clifton is a dancer, choreographer, and musician based in Brooklyn. He is originally from Niceville, FL, where he wrote and played music in punk and jazz bands. He earned his M.F.A. in Dance from Hollins University/ADF and his B.F.A. in Dance from Florida State University. As a dancer/collaborator Clifton has worked with Martha Clarke, Tere O’Connor, Nicholas Leichter, Bill Young and Colleen Thomas, and worked with photographer Tony Jones, visual artist Tunga, and the New York Historical Society. In 2010, on the invitation of Jean Marc Adolf and Youness Anzane, he participated in the artist residency SKITe and return to France in 2011 with creative residencies in Paris and Caen. Clifton was an artist-in-residence at Dance New Amsterdam in 2009/2010. His dances have been presented at Henry Street Settlement, Dancenow/NYC, Dance Off, Hollins University, Florida State University, The Kitchen, Il faut brûler pour briller Paris (2007) and Brussels/Caen (2011), The A.W.A.R.D. Show!, American Dance Festival, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dancespace, and Williamsburg Arts eXchange. Clifton has taught at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Lehman College, Hollins University, Florida State University, New York University’s Experimental Theater Wing, Sarah Lawrence, the American and Korean Dance Festivals, and Répliques au Caen.
During his Swing Space residency, Clifton will further develop Big Two-Hearted River, a series of duets in collaboration with two dancers and composer Sam Crawford.
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