After many years as a professional dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Daniel reinvented himself and became a film producer, editor and director. He has since worked on video content for The New York Times, BBC America, IKA Collective, People Magazine, BRIC Arts Media, among others. He produced and edited The Avant-Gardener, winner of "Best Experimental Short" at Rhode Island International Film Festival, The International Indie Gathering, and The Worldwide Women's Film Festival, "Best Editor" at The International Indie Gathering, "Best Original Music Score" at The Worldwide Women's Film Festival, and Official Selection at The Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival. Other producing credits include 2 Girls 1 Show, a comedy series featured on Elizabeth Banks' comedy platform WHOHAHA, Action/USA, a series of educational films for Klett, The BBC America's coverage of the NY Comic Con at Madison Square Garden and The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Ninety Days in Nîmes, a documentary in France about the struggles of collaboration in the dance world. He worked as Production Manager for Fernwood Productions under the direction of Peter Fernberger, where he worked for clients such as TruTV, WE tv, Rob Zombie, BBC America, and Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Daniel is currently in post-production on his second documentary film about two stars from the Paris Opera entitled, Breaking the Barre. He spent a month in Paris filming two of the Paris Opera's most treasured and revolutionary dancers from the 1960's through the 1990's, as well as the directors and major players of many of Paris' finest dance institutions.
Editing credits include Entanglement and Fizzle, short films directed by Jeremiah Kipp, Tamburlaine the Great, a web series directed by Dominique Sivilli, The Last to Die in Battle, a music video by Aaron Gleason, Lose Her, a music video by Alexandra Tadros, and Ninety Days in Nîmes. Daniel does freelance editing for IKA Collective and worked as Assistant Editor at One Route Media under the direction of Yanni Feder.
Daniel produces, shoots and edits promotional material for the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase. His short film, A Glorious Run was shown at the Made in New York Filmmaker Showcase, The Schlingel International Film Festival in Germany, The Detmold International Short Film Festival, and won runner up for best comedic edit in the Maine Media Workshop's Creative Storytelling Contest. Other directing credits include video for The Merce Cunningham Trust and The Martha Hill Dance Fund.
He directed and produced a live evening tribute to the late Kazuko Hirabayashi for which he directed and edited documentary material and which included live performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company, Abraham.In.Motion, Batsheva Dance Company/Ohad Naharin, among others.
Daniel was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2007 to its conclusion in 2011. He initially joined as an understudy in 2005. While there, he had the pleasure of working closely with Mr. Cunningham on four new creations and many reconstructions, often performing the roles Merce created for himself. He was briefly a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2005. Before that, he trained at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Tisch School of the Arts, and Carver Center for the Performing Arts. Daniel has restaged multiple works, including those of Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, and Wallie Wolfgruber. He has taught workshops and masterclasses in Paris, Mexico City, Washington D.C., New York City, and Beijing.
Daniel has been hailed by the New York Times as a "live-wire, always keenly alert," a dancer of, "striking stretch and control," "vividly evok[ing] the rapid reversals, slow turns of the head and commanding use of the eyes that for many years were distinctive characteristics of Cunningham himself." Elsewhere he has been described as, "stunning" (Financial Times), "exceptional" (San Francisco Chronicle) "excellent" (New Yorker), "superlative" (The Morning After), having "wondrous strength and composure" (The Australian), and "impeccable musicality.” (DANZ Newswire).