Curriculum Vita

DANIEL LEWIS

EDUCATION

2012               University of Florida, Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree

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 Español, 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, Acting Artistic Director after Mr. Limón death.

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

2020                     Biography Daniel Lewis, A Life in Choreography and the Art of Dance, Publisher McFarland

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 José Limón, 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 José Limón, 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 José Limón, 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                     Illustierte 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 Dance Education Organization (5 Presentations), 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) and the Florida Dance Education Organization. (3 Presentations) I have lectured on the teaching, choreography and music of José Limón both nationally and internationally, Dance and Technology and Dance History.

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:

2020.   NO STRINGS IN THE CLOUDS (Miami Dance Futures)

2019.    WOMEN II (Miami Dance Futures)

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, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, The Governor’s School for the Arts, Mercyhurst University, 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:

2016-2021          Dance Now Miami

2011                     COCA in St. Louis

1988-2011          New World School of the Arts, Miami

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                  Concert for a New Renaissance (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

2020                   He received “A Life for Dance” Lifetime Achievement Award from the XXV International Ballet Festival

2019                    He received the Trailblazer award from the downtown Dance Booster Club.

2019                    He was Honored by Dance Now Miami at their benefit for bringing the legacy of time and culture to South Florida

2017                    Received the Doris Leeper Award by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education

2013                    Received an Education Advancement Award from the José Limón Dance Foundation

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

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

2011                     Received the Nestor Torres “Miami-Dade County Days Ambassador of the Arts” Award Presented at DADE                                                          DAYS IN Tallahassee

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

2011                     Two awards declaring February 5 Daniel Lewis Day in Miami and in Miami Dade County Presented at                                 A                                 A LIFE IN DANCE, 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, Community Grants for Miami Dance Futures

Metro Dade Cultural Affairs Counsel, Presenter, number of grants 17 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- Present     ACCPAS Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts                                                                                                                       Schools, Member of the Commission

2003 – 2012          CAAA Council of Arts Accrediting Associations, Board Member

2005 –2011           iDMAa, International Digital Media & Arts Association

1997- 2011            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

1988- Present     Artistic Director and President of Miami Dance Futures

1987- 2007         Florida Dance Association, President 3 terms, Treasurer and Board Member

1988 – ’93            Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Dance Panel

1980 – ’85            Fulbright Screening Committee.

1975 – ’15            National Endowment for the Arts, Choreography Fellowships, Mentor Teacher, Panel   Member, chair, Sight Visits                                            and Chair, Interdisciplinary Arts Panel.

1975 – 96             Canada Council for the arts, 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.https://daniellewisdance.com/curriculum-vita/