Danielle Russo is a choreographer and performer based in New York City. Her choreography has been presented nationally at the American Dance Festival, Detroit Institute of Arts, Governors Island, Jacob's Pillow, and The Yard; and internationally in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, Panama, South Korea, Spain, and Sweden.
As a choreographer, Russo is often commissioned for the stage, as well as for both public and private installations. However, her independent work concentrates in performance for unconventional formats and environments. This includes immersive, installation, and site-specific models of engaging new audiences in architectural, historical, and politically charged spaces, frequently in the public realm.
She has been awarded fellowships and residencies with C.N.N. - Ballet de Lorraine (France), Danscentrum Jette (Belgium), Independent Arts Initiative WUK (Austria), Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation, LEIMAY, Mana Contemporary, Nadine Laboratory for the Contemporary Arts (Belgium), Performing Arts Forum (France), and Springboard Danse Montréal (Canada), among others. She is a grant recipient of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs through the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Internationally, she has been curated and presented by the Anita Villalaz Teatro Nacional (Panama City, Panama), CGC skyltfönster (Karlstad, Sweden), C.N.N. - Ballet de Lorraine (Nancy, France), Danscentrum Jette PLATFORM (Brussels, Belgium), El Graner (Barcelona, Spain), Stockholm Kulturhuset (Stockholm, Sweden), Performática (Puebla, Mexico), Quartier des Spectacles (Montréal, Canada), Scotiabank Dance Centre (Vancouver, Canada), Studio 516 (Seoul, South Korea), Usine C (Montréal, Canada), and Werkstatten und Kulturhaus Im_flieger (Vienna, Austria).
Previous national engagements include the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), Detroit Institute of Arts, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Becket, MA), Los Angeles Design Festival, The Forge (Los Angeles, CA), PARISH (Los Angeles, CA), and The Yard (Chilmark, MA). In 2012, Russo was a grant recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts to present at the 80th Anniversary Season of Jacob's Pillow and selected to represent the United States alongside John Jasperse at the inaugural PRISMA Festival de Danza Contemporánea in Panama. Also in 2012, she was selected as one of five international emerging choreographers for the Springboard Danse Montréal Professional Project, creating two new large-scale site-specific performances during its three-week engagement at the prestigious Place des Arts. In 2013, she was invited to present her multimedia solo work with artist Jin-Wen Yu at the World Dance Alliance Assembly in Canada. In 2016, her commission for the Los Angeles-based No)one. Art House caught the attention of Solange Knowles and prompted a reprisal of the evening-length production with her affiliate arts organization, Saint Heron.
Local highlights include the Ace Hotel, Armory Arts Week (c/o SPRING/BREAK Art Show, (un)Scene Art Show), Brooklyn Historical Society, Julian Schnabel’s Casa del Popolo, Center for Performance Research, Governors Island, Gowanus Art + Production, HERE Arts Center, La MaMa, The Flea, and Moynihan Station, to name a few. She and her work have been featured in The Creators Project, as well as in Cultured Magazine, Dance Magazine, Refinery29, and The Village Voice. Acclaimed dance critic Deborah Jowitt has commended Russo for her “dramatically eloquent athleticism”.
As an educator, Russo is a faculty member at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and CUNY Queens College. There, she teaches a range of lecture and studio-based courses for both undergraduate and graduate students. Her courseload includes dance history, dance politics and theory, choreography, and choreography for site-specific to immersive dance theater. Previously, she served on the faculty at Hollins University and the American College Dance Association, as well as guest faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Additional university commissions include Florida State College at Jacksonville, Marymount Manhattan College m(mix), Mercyhurst University, Middlebury College, and Universidad de las Américas in Mexico. She has taught numerous workshops at international institutions and festivals across Europe, Scandinavia, and North and Central Americas.
Russo holds a BFA in Dance and a BA in Anthropology from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival where she attended on fellowship. Outside of her own creative endeavors, she performs with The Metropolitan Opera.
American Guild of Musical Arts • Society of Dance History Scholars • American Dance Guild • World Dance Alliance - Americas • Fractured Atlas