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About
Daniel Costa 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Daniel Costa, originally from Central New Jersey, moved to Seattle, Washington in 2015. Costa is a choreographer, performer and educator who seeks to strip away shame and access vulnerability by channeling athleticism, artistry, and healing through dance. He is currently on faculty at Emerald Ballet Theatre and he choreographs, directs and performs for his company, Daniel Costa Dance (DCD). Costa has also served on faculty for the past two years at Strictly Seattle, a 3-week dance intensive held annually at Velocity Dance Center. 

 

Costa's choreography has received numerous awards, grants, residencies and commissions. Credits include: 4Culture's Project Grant, choreographic commissions with Bellingham Repertory Dance, Western Washington University and Velocity Dance Center, Seattle International Dance Festival's James Ray Residency Project, Spectrum Dance Theater's Summer Residency, Velocity: V2 & Northwest Film Forum's Dance + Film Residency, SeattleDances' DanceCrush Award and Rutgers University's Margery J. Turner Choreographer Prize.

 

Costa has presented work in Seattle for over  4 years. Credits include: Next Fest NW, Full Tilt, Men in Dance, Seattle International Dance Festival, 12 Minutes Max and BOOST Dance Festival. 

 

As a performer, Costa has worked with Adam Barruch, Alex Ketley, Chamber Dance Company, Madboots Dance, Stephanie Liapis, The Three Yells, Wade Madsen, Cherdonna Shinatra, and has performed works by Crystal Pite, Kate Weare, Shen Wei, Larry Keigwin, and Manuel Vignoulle, among others. Costa holds a BFA in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Currently, Costa is developing a body of work around the concept of resonance, and the ways in which energy reverberates both in an individual body and in a collective. At a moment when our discourse and public sphere feels increasingly fractured, Daniel Costa Dance wants to offer a visceral and poetic vision of togetherness through contemporary movement in their first full evening co-production with Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, WA. 

Our Team Vision

We will be known as an organization of embodied and shameless artists who wear their truths openly, enabling their audiences to do the same in their daily lives.

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Photography by Stefano Altamura and Mike Esperanza