Mr. Daniels began his formal dance studies with Valentina Litvinoff at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he received a Fine Arts degree in photography. As an arts manager, consultant and producer during the 1980s, he worked with dance and theater companies all across America.
His experience of living with HIV disease led to a rebirth. These circumstances, which included the loss of his soul mate of 20 years, propelled Mr. Daniels to reconnect with dance as an instrument of his healing. After 15 years offstage, he resumed his dance studies. The Day without Art Remember Project, produced by Dancers Responding to AIDS in December 1995 at Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, New York City, marked his return to the stage and his debut as a solo dancer. He has since performed in numerous venues in New York, Toronto, and elsewhere.
Mr. Daniels's background in many disparate artistic talents has fueled and informed his vision, a compilation of the techniques and commonality of various esthetic styles. Since his debut, his repertory has grown to include dances created by him, as well as choreography given to and commissioned for him by accomplished and respected dance artists. As a producer, Mr. Daniels created A Party for Max (2000) at New York City’s Joyce Theater, and Homage/Fromage – Honoring Christine Wright (2007) at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York City. His work has received support from the Bossak/Heilbron Foundation, Meet the Composer, Inc., the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation and the Jerome Robbins Foundation. www.justonemec.com