Daniel Charon is a dance artist who has been active as a choreographer, teacher, and performer since 1995. He has performed with numerous dance, opera, and theater companies and choreographs extensively throughout the country. He maintained a project based company in New York City for 10 years. Daniel’s extensive background in teaching spans over 20 years. He is a B.F.A. graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a 2013 M.F.A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts in Choreography and Integrated Media. Daniel currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City, UT where he has been since 2013.
Daniel was a full-time member of Doug Varone and Dancers for ten seasons (1999 – 2010). As a member of the company he was part of over 20 new works and served as the rehearsal director. He was a member of the Limón Dance Company for three seasons (1996 – 1999) where he was featured in work by choreographers such as José Limón, Anthony Tudor, Jirí Kylián, and Donald McKayle. Additionally, he performed with Doug Elkins and Friends, the Metropolitan Opera, the Aquila Theater Company, the Mary Anthony Dance Theater, Opera Colorado, Minnesota Opera, Music Theater of Wichita, Mordine and Company, Dance Kaleidoscope (Indianapolis), and the Red River Dance and Performing Company..
As Artistic Director of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company Daniel has created multiple original works for the stage, an installation piece at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art entitled Kinetic Spaces, and was the video designer for their production of Flabbergast. As an independent artist his choreography has been produced by the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, the Inside/Out series at Jacob’s Pillow, the Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA), and by East Tennessee State University. He has presented two full evening concerts at Joyce SoHo (NYC) and his project based company performed at various festivals and venues in New York including Judson Church, Dancenow, White Wave, the 92nd Street Y’s Fridays at Noon and Sundays at Three, Topaz Arts, and University Settlement. Daniel has been commissioned to choreograph new work for many companies, universities, and festivals; including the Summer Stages Dance Festival (Concord, MA), the VIA Dance Collective (NYC) , the d9 Dance Collective (Seattle) and the Zenon Dance Company (Minneapolis) where his piece Storm was named “Best Dance Performance of 2012” by Minneapolis City Pages. He received a choreographic fellowship from the Summer Stages Dance Festival and has been the artist in residence at the Silo at Kirkland Farm three times. Daniel is a recipient of Dance Theater Workshop’s Outer/Space Creative Residency and of Topaz Arts Solo Flight Creative Residency. He has created over 15 new works on students in workshop situations. In 2015 Daniel choreographed The Pearl Fishers at the Utah Opera.
From 1996 – 2010, Daniel regularly taught in New York at respected studios such as the Limón Institute, the 92nd Street Y, Peridance Center, 100 Grand, Dance New Amsterdam (formerly Dancespace Center), and University Settlement. He regularly teaches master classes and workshops around the country and has taught at the Metropolitan Opera, the Bates Dance Festival, the Varone Summer Dance Workshop (2000 – 2009), the Limón Summer Workshop (1996 – 1999), the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Comprehensive, and Summer Stages. He has been a guest artist at numerous universities and was an adjunct faculty member at Hunter College (NYC) as well as the California Institute of the Arts. Daniel held an annual dance intensive in Cambridge, MA for three years and teaches a professional technique workshop in Boulder, CO every summer. He has twice been a keynote speaker for the Utah Dance Educators Organization and regularly teaches master classes at various universities around the Salt Lake City area.
Daniel has staged the works of José Limón, Jirí Kylián, and Doug Varone at various schools and companies such as Bern Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Company, Ballet Met, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Zenon Dance Company, Marymount Manhattan College, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Fordham at Ailey, Ohio State University, Emerson College, University of Akron, University of Maryland, Adelphi University, Point Park University, and George Mason University.
Daniel was a freelance web developer and works extensively in the digital realm; creating websites, working with video, interactive technology, and seeking ways to implement media in his work.