Meet the Artists: Danielle & Nancy
We are busy preparing for our debut in August at The Joyce in NYC and aside from the excitement of heading to the Big Apple we are so thrilled with the artists that will be joining us. So for the next few weeks we will be posting updates about these esteemed artists of DWDT dancing at the Joyce! Today we bring you Danielle Brown and Nancy Curtis.
Danielle Brown grew up in Libertyville IL. where she started her dance training at the Dance Academy of Libertyville. She then continued her training at the North Carolina School of the Arts where she graduated from high school in 2004. Her professional career began as an apprentice for Ballet Austin where she spent two years. She then danced with Nashville Ballet for a year before joining Sarasota Ballet in 2007. She was promoted to soloist in 2009 and principal in 2010. During her time at Sarasota Ballet under the direction of Iain Webb and with Dominic Walsh as resident choreographer, she has had the chance to dance in a number of Dominic’s ballet, some of which include featured roles in Camille Claudel, Bello, I Napoletani, Dying Swan, For the Two of You, and Duo.
I first met Danielle in 2007, during her first month with the Sarasota Ballet. I was instantly taken her natural movement quality, and although now we may think of Danielle as the refined and elegant Principal Dancer, it was her comedic charm in the 3rd movement of “Wolfgang for Webb” that really got my attention. Danielle has danced the featured and leading roles in many of my works, including “The Trilogy, I Napoletani, Bello, Time Out of Line, The Dying Swan, For the Two of You, Duo”, and in September 2012 made her powerful debut in the title role of “Camille Claudel.” Dani is dedicated, thoughtful, humble and determined, a versatile artist and actor, forever growing and improving in each work she takes on. I’m thrilled to have Dani make her NYC debut in our “Camille Claudel.” ~ Dominic Walsh
Houston soprano Nancy Curtis enjoys a multifaceted career as a singer of opera, symphonic repertoire, and recitals. Nancy’s commitment to her artistry has drawn praise from colleagues, audiences, and critics alike, and she is in demand as a vocalist and teacher. Hailed as a “stand-out”, Ms. Curtis has been featured with opera companies including the Virginia Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the New York City Opera, the Tulsa Opera, and the Lyric Opera of San Antonio, and has been presented as the soprano soloist for the Austin Symphony, the Maryland Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, and the Tulsa Philharmonic and Ballet. As a winner of the prestigious Enrico Caruso International Vocal Competition, Nancy was invited to sing concerts throughout Italy including an appearance at the famed opera house, La Scala. Ms. Curtis lives in Houston with her husband Ryan and two sons, Ashton and R.J.
Nancy created the role “Soprano” in our Camille Claudel production for our debut in May of 2012, also considered the aged Camille. When storyboarding the production I wanted to show a Camille expressing her story through the Purcell’s aria, Dido’s Lament, from Dido and Aeneas. I new I needed a Soprano who could deliver the aria with technique, passion, and poignant phrasing. I found just this jewel in Nancy and I’m so honored to have her as a vital part of this production. When we rehearse this scene in the studio we are mesmerized by Nancy’s divine consistency and treated to the goosebumps she undoubtedly provides us each and every time. I’m so pleased she will be joining us once again for our Joyce Theater debut. ~ Dominic Walsh