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. The Company cultivates the creation of innovative art and presents this to the public through programming that allows anyone to join in the dance. With a large repertory noted for its entertaining flair, stylistic diversity, musicality, innovation and accessibility, the Company consistently delivers high-energy performances. Blending virtuosic precision with pedestrian ease, the infectiously appealing dancers are renowned for their charisma. The Company has been awarded residencies by the Joyce Theater Foundation, The Yard, Raumars Artist-in-Residence Program (Finland), the Sacatar Foundation (Brazil), and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program (CA). Encore, an acclaimed evening-length show which premiered in 2007 at Joyce SoHo, was an official selection of the New York Musical Theater Festival in 2009. The Company thrives on collaborations with community-based organizations throughout and outside of New York City. Its rich history of partnering with university dance departments has led to residencies across the country and abroad. Contracted with the New York City Department of Education since 1999, the Company has taught dance to over 12,000 students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

Gwirtzman has been selected for a SPARC residency at SAGE. During his SPARC residency, Gwirtzman and dancers will offer weekly dance workshops that will focus on exploring the question What does my body have to say? The project culminates in an interactive performance open to the general community in June, 2012.

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