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DANIEL LEWIS


8901 Southwest 79th Court

MIAMI, FLORIDA 33156

(305) 596-3442

 

dandance1@bellsouth.net

www.miamidance.com/lewis.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

1962 - 1967     The Juilliard School, full scholarship. Diploma

1958 - 1962     A graduate of the High School of Performing Arts, NYC

 

DANCE ADMINISTRATOR

1987 - 2011  Founding Dean of Dance New World School of the Arts

Developed an eight-year conservatory curriculum for training dancers in performance, choreography, Ballet Modern and World Dance Techniques. His responsibilities include artistic direction and management, producing concerts, where he has commissioned over 87 world premieres by faculty and guest artists presenting a total of 789 choreographic works in over 280 concerts.  The New World School of the Arts awards a High School diploma, Associate in Arts degree, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Dancers from this program are now dancing in most of the major ballet and modern dance companies throughout the world. In addition the eight-year choreographic program is developing the next generation of choreographer with a Miami signature. This one of a kind program focuses on the multicultural and multiethnic diversity of Miami and what effects this is having on the dance world. The school was created by the Florida legislature as a Center of Excellence in the performing and visual arts.  It is a cooperative venture of the Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.

 

TEACHER

1967 - 1987     The Juilliard School

 

Dance Faculty: Modern Dance (Limón), Repertory, New Choreography, Composition, Dance Production. Assistant to the Director 1984-87

 

1977 - 86         The London School of Contemporary Dance, London England (The Place)

 I taught Limón technique and stage works for the summer program in London for 9 years. 

 

1974‑80           Amherst College

I was a professor while my company was in residence there for 6 years, winter semester; I helped develop their Dance Curriculum. Amherst College, in Mas­sachusetts, is part of the Five College Dance Department that also includes Smith College, University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College, and Mount Holyoke College.

 

1977- 84          New York University School of Education

As an adjunct professor I taught Limón technique intensively to education students.  Prior to José Limón's death, I became one of a small number of teachers selected by Mr. Limón to carry on and develop his technique.  I have lectured and taught master classes in the Limón technique for univer­sities, schools and professional companies throughout the world.

 

In addition I have taught around the world at Seminars, Summer Programs, and Touring Residency.

 

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

1986                      York University, Toronto

1984, 85                The University of Calgary in Canada, Summers.

1984, 85                 National Ballet School of Canada, January.

1982-84                 Reed College Summer Residence.

1980, 81                The Escuela de Perfeccionamiento Vida y Movimento in Mexico City.

1976‑83, 85          The London Contem­porary Dance School (The Place), England, summers.

1973                       University of Wisconsin

1970‑72                The University of California at Los Angeles (winter quarters for 3 years) and Lecture in dance.

  

DIRECTOR

1988-Present   Miami Dance Futures Inc., Program Director, President

In addition to developing and managing NWSA's dance program, I am committed to the growth of dance awareness in South Florida through Miami Dance Futures, a production company I formed in 1988 to help develop dance in South Florida.  I have produced the highly successful Miami Balanchine Conference in 1990 and the Dance History Scholars' Conference in 1991, The American Dance Guild Conference in 1992, The International Dance Musicians' Conference in 1993, CORD Conference in 1995, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 8th National High School Dance Festival in 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, and 2006.  The last one in 2006 was the largest high school dance festival held in the Americas.  The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Conference in 2000,  The International Conference of Fine Arts Deans in 2000, and the American College Dance Festival 1997 & 2003.  Miami Dance Futures also produces and supports local dance companies, including Rosita Segovia's Ballet Espańol, Gerri Houlihan and Dancers, and The Isadora Dance Ensemble, Jamaica Awareness plus others. We also produce The Dance Sampler, which is a showcase of local choreographers work, The Florida Series and the Independent Series each year from 1988 to 1999.

1984-87                 The Juilliard School, Assistant to the Director, Dance Division.

As Assistant to Martha Hill, I was directly involved with the running of the Dance Division and all its components.

1984-88                 The Limón Institute, Founding Director.

As Director of The Limón Institute, I was responsible for all the mounting of Limón works, nationally and internationally, on both ballet and modern dance companies as well as schools.  I was Program Director and administrator of the Bennington College José Limón SUMMER DANCE PROGRAM in 1985, and directed the Limón Summer Dance Program in New York in 1986, SUNY Purchase in 1987 and at The New World School of the Arts in 1988, 1989. Other responsibilities were THE NEW DANCE SERIES and classes at the Limón Studio.

1972-84                         Artistic Director Daniel Lewis Dance

As Artistic Director and Choreographer of DANIEL LEWIS DANCE, a repertory company in NYC.  The company performed and taught throughout the United States, Europe and Scandinavia.  I commissioned 37 new works by 15 choreographers, and produced the works of both distinguished artists and emerging choreographers.

1976                    American Wind Symphony

Director and administrator of dance for American Wind Symphony bicentennial riverboat, which toured the waterways of America in 1976.

1977-87                 Director of Lincoln Center Touring Programs

I was a Dance Specialist for the Lincoln Center Institute 1969‑71, a performer from 1971-76, and then directed three dance touring programs for 10 years for the Lincoln Center Institute.

1972-73                 Artistic Director José Limón Dance Company

For 1 year following the death of José Limón. During this time I formed Daniel Lewis Dance, a repertory company.

1966‑72                 Assistant To José Limón

Responsible for the running of rehearsals, lecture demonstrations and teaching on tour.  Assistant to Mr. Limón when he was choreographing and during his classes.

1966-72                 Director Contemporary Dance System

A collective of dancers from the José Limón Dance Company and the Anna Sokolow Dance Company.  Touring and performing classic and new repertory throughout the United States.

  

WRITER, AUTHOR

2006                       ARTICLE IN DANCE TEACHER MAGAZINE on the Life of José Limón

2005                       THE ILLUSTRATED DANCE TECHNIQUE OF JOSÉ LIMÓN DVD, Produced by Video-D

2000                       REMEMBERING MARTHA HILL (1900 - 1995), Published by Ballet Review

1999                       2nd Addition of THE ILLUSTRATED DANCE TECHNIQUE OF JOSE LIMON, published by Princeton Book Company

1998                       MEDICAL PROBLEMS OF PERFORMING ARTISTS, two papers published, Sept "Health Care for Dance Students at a Performing Arts Academy": March "Dancing with a Prosthesis

1995                       THE ILLUSTRATED DANCE TECHNIQUE OF JOSE LIMON, Published by Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y les Artes, Mexico

1994                       DANCE IN HISPANIC CULTURES, Harwood Academic Publishers, Issue Editor

1993                       THE ILLUSTRATED DANCE TECHNIQUE OF JOSE LIMON, Published by Japan UNI Agency Inc, Author

1990                       DANCE EDUCATION IN THE USA K-12, Paper presented at International Symposion Munchen Published by Tanztendenz. This paper was also published in Tanzund Gymnastik issues 3/90 and 4/90 in Switzerland.

1990                       ILLUSTRIERTE TANZTECHNIK VON JOSÉ LIMÓN, Published by Florian Noetzel Germany, Author

1986                       THE ILLUSTRATED DANCE TECHNIQUE OF JOSÉ LIMÓN, Video Tape, by Video D

1984                       THE ILLUSTRATED DANCE TECHNIQUE OF JOSÉ LIMÓN, by Harper and Row, Author

 

I have also presented papers at the annual meetings of the National Association of Schools of Dance (12 Presentations), and The Network of Visual and Performing Arts Conferences (10 Presentations), Performing Arts Medicine Association (2 Presentations) I have lectured on the teaching and choreography of José Limón both nationally and internationally.

 

DANCER

1962 - 74         José Limón Dance Company

As a member of the José Limón Dance Company for 12 years, I toured Asia, Europe, South America, The U.S.S.R., and throughout the United States, originating my roles in A CHOREOGRAPHIC OFFERING, LEGEND, PSALM, THE WINGED, COMEDY, and THE UNSUNG in their world premieres at The American Dance Festival Connecticut College.   I served as Artistic Director of the Limón Dance Company for one year taking the company to Russia after Mr. Limón death.   I have danced the major repertory of José Limón and Doris Humphrey.  My last perfor­mance with the company was in Moscow in 1973, although I continued dancing with Daniel Lewis Dance until 1981.  In 1982 I returned to the stage to perform my solo from the UNSUNG at the Joyce Theater in the 10th anniversary performance in honor of José Limón.

1958 - 77         OTHER DANCE COMPANIES

I have performed in the companies of Ruth Currier, Felix Fibich, Stuart Hodes, Sofie Maslow, David Wood, Norman Walker, Matthew Diamond, Charles Weidman, Anna Sokolow, American Dance Theater, The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Contemporary Dance System, Daniel Lewis Dance, plus others.  I danced in the Yiddish Theatre from 1960-64.  I danced in the CBS Productions of AND DAVID WEPT, choreography by José Limón, DREAMS, choreography Anna Sokolow, and many LAMP UNTO MY FEET, CAMERA THREE, and PBS, WNET (NYC) programs.

 

CHOREOGRAPHER

Works And Who Commissioned Them:

1988    THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE (Towson State College)

1987    AIR RAID (SUNY Purchase)

1986    BIBLELAND (The University of Calgary)

1985    MIND OVER MATTER (Bennington College Summer Dance Program)

1985    WOMEN (The Juilliard School)

1984    ATOMIC AMBIENCE (The University of Calgary)

1984    TEXTURED LIGHTING (DLDRC)

1982    TO DORIS AND CHARLES (Portland State)

1982    MOMENTS (The Juilliard School)

1981    OPEN BOOK (DLDRC)

1980    THERE'S NOTHING HERE OF ME BUT ME (Amherst College)

1980    BEETHOVEN DUET Benefit Concert honoring Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman; using movement motifs from an unfinished work by José Limón

1979    MOSTLY BEETHOVEN (The Juilliard School)

1978    LIFE AND OTHER THINGS (Daniel Lewis Dance Repertory Company)

1976    PROLIFERATION (The Juilliard School)

1976    CABBAGEPATCH (American Wind Symphony)

1974    NO STRINGS (Barnard College)

1974    AND FIRST THEY SLAUGHTERED THE ANGELS (Contemporary Dance System)

1972    IRVING THE TERRIFIC (UCLA)

1972    MY ECHO, MY SHADOW, AND ME (NEA choreographic fellowship)

1970    THE BOKINSKI BROTHERS (Barnard College)

1967    THE MINDING OF THE FLESH IS DEATH (Lincoln Center Student Programs)

1966    MAN MADE (Barnard College)

 

STAGED AND DIRECTED HIS CHOREOGRAPHY FOR:

Towson State College, Swarthmore College, The José Limón Dance Company, Barnard College, Teachers' College, The University of Michigan, Hamps­hire College, The New World School of the Arts, The Juilliard School, Reed College, UCLA, Tsoying Senior High School, Daniel Lewis Dance, Contemporary Dance System, New World School of the Arts, as well as companies in South America and England.

 

OPERAS Choreographed

1985    IL TABARRO American Opera Center at Lincoln Center

1982    MANNON American Opera Center at Lincoln Center

1980    FEATHERTOP American Opera Center at Lincoln Center

1980    LE ROSSIGNOL American Opera Center at Lincoln Center

1978    AIDA Houston Grand Opera

1971    DIDO AND AENEAS Dallas Civic Opera

 

DANCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Involved in the following productions using Internet 2 to create new celebrative work

in Music and dance in Collaboration with the Digital World Institute at the University of Florida

 

2006                In Common Space,  Executive Producer and Artistic Director

2005                In Common Time, Miami Producer

2005                Hands Across the Ocean, Miami Production Executive and Director

2004                Mask, Miami, Coordinator

2003                Non Divisi, Miami Coordinator

 

 

RECONSTRUCTOR AND DIRECTOR

Staged the works of José Limón and Doris Humphrey for such companies as:

 

2011                      COCA in St. Louis

1988, '93               Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, Hong Kong

1988                      Miami City Ballet, Florida

1967 – 1987         The Juilliard School, New York City

1985, '86               The National Ballet School, Toronto, Canada                     

1985                      Danskern, Holland

1984, '86               University of Calgary, Canada

1981                      Reed College, Oregon

1980                      Danzahoy, Caracas Venezuela

1977 - '83              The London School of Contemporary Dance (Summers), England

1967 – 1972         The José Limón Dance Company, NYC

1972                      The American Dance Festival, Connecticut

1972                      Royal Danish Ballet, Denmark

1972                      Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, New York City

1971                      The Univer­sity of Utah, Utah

1970                      University of California, in Los Angles

1970, '71, '73        Royal Swedish Ballet, (winters), Sweden

1969, '70              American Ballet Theatre, New York City

1969                      First Chamber Dance Company, New York City

1969                      Batsheva Dance Company, Israel

1969                      Repertory Dance Theater, (June) Salt Lake City, Utah

1968                      National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Canada

 

IN ADDITION

As acting artistic director of the José Limón Company in 1973, he edited, staged, and directed A CHOREOGRAPHIC OFFERING for the company's tour of the USSR.  In 1975 I completed the choreography of THE WALDSTEIN SONATA, an unfinished work begun by Mr. Limón just before his death.

 

PLAYS, MUSICALS AND COMMERCIALS:

2011

2011                   Concert for a New Renassance (Director)

1982                   COTTONCALE TV COMMERCIAL, J.P. Stevens (choreographer)

1981                   CRISP Intar Production, Off Broadway  (choreographer)

1977                   NEFERTITI Sherwin M. Goldman Broadway Production  (choreographer)

1977                   THE TEMPEST Amherst College  (choreographer)

 

AWARDS

2013                       Received an Education Advancement Award from the Jose Limon Dance Foundation

2012                        Received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Florida.

2011                        The Martha Hill Lifetime Acheivement Award Presented at the Martha Hill Gala in New York.

2011                        Received the the Nestor Torres "Miami-Dade County Days Ambassador of the Arts" Award Presented at DADE DAYS IN Tellahassee

2011                        Received a proclamation from the floor of the Florida State Senate for his work in the arts in Florida by Senator Anitere Flores.

2011                        Two awards declaring February 5 Daniel Lewis Day in Miami and in Miami Dade County Presented at A TRIBUTE TO DANIEL LEWIS

2010                        Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Dance Educators Organization.
2006                        Salutes to Daniel Lewis by the Mayor of Miami, Manuel Diaz.

2002                        Honorary Chairman "dance4life", Life time achievement award

2002                       The 2002 Nancy Smith Award, for consistently demonstrating outstanding leadership and excellence in dance in Florida

2001                        The 2001 Florida Arts Recognition Awards recognize outstanding initiative, leadership, of excellence in supporting the arts in Florida

2000                        The National High School Dance Festival, for outstanding service in the

                                 Development of the festival

1991 and 2000        Florida Dance Association, for outstanding service

1990                       The National Society of Arts and Letters, a gold medal for Lifelong Achievement in dance.

1985                       Distinguished Professor, Reed College Portland Oregon

1963                       Royal Knight of Cambodia, Knighted by Prince Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh

1962                       Award in Performance, High School of Performing Arts

1962                       Award in Dance Production, High School of Performing Arts

 

GRANTS RECEIVED FROM: 

Doris Duke Foundation and the Surdna Foundation. Talented Students in the Arts Initiative 5 year grant 1.2 million

Surdna Foundation interdisciplinary work at the high school level, number of grants 187,000.00

National Endowment for the Arts, Individual, Company and New World School of the Arts, number of grants 12 from 8,000.00 to 96,000.00 each

New York State Council on the Arts, Company, number of grants 10

Metro Dade Cultural Affairs Counsel, Presenter, number of grants 22 from 4,000.00 to 30,000.00

Metro Dade Cultural Affairs Counsel, Visiting Artists 6 at 15,000 to 30,000.00 Each

Canada Council, Visiting Artist, number of grants 4

Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Presenter, number of grants 8 New World School of the Arts Interdisciplinary work at the high school level, number of grants 3

 

SERVED ON PANELS AND BOARDS FOR:

 
2012- Present       Arts for Learning Board Member 
2012-Present        Thomas Armor Youth Ballet
2007 - 2011          CAAA Commission on Multidisciplinary and  Multimedia in the arts.
2002- 2011           ACCPAS Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools, Member of the Commission
2003 – 2009         CAAA Council of Arts Accrediting Associations, Board Member
2005 –Present      iDMAa, International Digital Media & Arts Association
1997- Present      NASD National Association of Schools of Dance, Board of Directors, Treasurer, Vice President, Present President
1997 – 99            American College Dance Festival, Board of Directors
1997                     North Carolina State Arts Council, Dance Panel
1997                     Kentucky State Arts Council, Interdisciplinary and Dance
1988 - '97             National Society of Arts and Letters, Advisory Board
1987 - '00              Metro-Dade Cultural Affairs Council.  Community Grants, Hanable Cox and
                               Advancements Grants
1993                       South Carolina State Arts Council, Interdisciplinary
1987 – Present     Florida Dance Association, President 3 terms, Treasurer and Board Member (Leave from 2007 to 2010)
1988 - '93              Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Dance Panel
1980 - '85              Fulbright Screening Committee.
1975 - '05              National Endowment for the Arts, Choreography Fellowships, Mentor Teacher, Panel   Member, chair, Sight Visits and Chair, Interdisciplinary Arts Panel.
1975 – 96              Canada Council, Individual Fellowships, Sight Visits

 

MEMBERSHIPS

1962 - Present     American Guild of Musical Artists

1990 - 1995          American Dance Guild

1990 - 1995          Dance History Scholars

1987 - Present      National Association of Schools of Dance

1972 -1989           Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

1968 - 1975          American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

 

WHO'S WHO 

I am listed in Who's Who in America; I have been asked to join Who's Who in: Europe, and just about every Who's Who possible.  I have not responded to these as I feel these organizations have no integrity. 

 

NOTE: Although the above CV is accurate, it is by no means complete.  Someday, I will spend some time going through the boxes of programs and newspaper clippings, papers, presentations and complete this for its historical value.