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Daniel McCusker

Dance Faculty

Daniel McCusker makes dances for a wide variety of performers and venues and is a senior lecturer in the Department of Drama and Dance at Tufts University. He has been a guest artist in many university dance programs; taught at Attitude Performing Arts in Singapore, at ACDFA events, Harvard Summer Dance, the American Dance Festival and Jacob's Pillow and choreographed for a number of regional companies. 

McCusker's choreographic work has been supported by Crash Arts, the Dance Umbrella, the Monks Trust, the Maine Arts Commission, NYSCA, the Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, NEA Choreography Fellowships, Riverside Dance Festival, Creative Time and DTW, as well as by the generosity of individuals.

Recent projects include a new quartet to be performed in the spring of 2012; being a mentor for the Choreography Fellows at Summer Stages Dance, curating and producing the tHiSThaT Show Numbers #3, at Green Street Studios; making a dance for Tripod Dance Collective in Victoria, British Columbia and performing last fall at the ICA in Boston. 

For seven years, Daniel McCusker directed Ram Island Dance, a community arts organization, in Portland, ME, with a repertory modern dance company, a small presenting series, a children's after-school program and classes for adults. With Ram Island and New Dance Studio in Portland, he discovered his interest in introducing pre-teens and teens to modern dance, creative process and creative problem solving. He danced with the Lucinda Childs Dance Company, performing internationally and in New York seasons. In New York he performed in the work of many of his contemporaries. 

McCusker has served as a panelist for the Connecticut Commission on Arts and Tourism, the Pew Charitable Trust, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Artist’s Foundation, NEFA New Works, Maine Arts Commission and Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities. He has been a site visitor for the NEA.

A native New Yorker, Daniel trained with Alfredo Corvino and studied at the Cunningham Studio and with Judy Padow. Classes with Gwyneth Jones and workshops with Debra Bluth and Olivier Besson have had more recent impact on his dancing. 

Daniel McCusker has a BA in Comparative Literature and Social Sciences from the College at Lincoln Center, Fordham University.

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