Daniel Riley

Daniel is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and creative from the Wiradjuri nation of Western NSW.

He began his dance training at Quantum Leap, ACT and since graduating from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2006 has danced for Leigh Warren & Dancers (2005-2006), New Movement Collective UK (2014), Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre UK (2014), Chunky Move (2019) and was a senior artist with Bangarra Dance Theatre (2007-2018).

In 2019 Daniel joined ILBIJERRI Theatre Company as an Associate Producer (2019-2020), and became the company’s Creative Associate (2020-2021). His time with ILBIJERRI allowed him to partake in an Executive Leadership Program where he gained executive level skills to lead and run an arts organisation in the future.

In 2020 he was appointed as a Lecturer in Contemporary Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, where he launched and leads Kummarge, a self-determined mentoring program for First Nations dance students. He also continues to work as an independent dancer, teacher, advocate, choreographer and currently sits on the Board of Chunky Move.

Recently he worked for Moogahlin Performing Arts as Birrabang Miil (outside eye) for the Yellamundie@HOME-Naarm Festival 2021.

Daniel’s choreographic credits include Victorian College of the Arts: RISE (2020), Louisville Ballet, USA: Tonal (2020), Sacred Shifts. (2015), Melbourne International Arts Festival: Tanderrum (2019), Dancenorth: Communal Table (2019), Bangarra Dance Theatre: Dark Emu (2018), Miyagan (2016), Blak (2013), Riley
(2010), Sydney Dance Company: Reign (2015), QL2 Dance: Hit the Floor Together (2013, 2018), QUT: Twelve Ascensions (2013), Thirteen Ascensions (Twelve Ascension Rework) (2018), Third Row Dance Company UK (2014).

He has been nominated at the Australian Dance Awards (2010, 2013) and for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Deadly Awards (2010, 2012 & 2013). His film credits include Dan Sultan: Under Your Skin and Stephen Page’s (Bangarra Dance Theatre): Spear, where he made his film debut as well as working as Director’s Attachment.

Daniel is highly experienced in conducting masterclasses, facilitating workshops and teaching professional company class for a range of organisations, educational institutions and dance companies across Australia and around the world.