Danielle began her training in New York under the tutelage of Jan Christ (Demonstrator for Charles Kelly) and Gwenn Capodeci. As a pre-professional she performed in local theater productions such as Guys and Dolls, Grease, Pippin and 42nd Street. After graduating from Point Park University with a BA in Dance, Danielle co-founded the Pittsburgh based professional company, H2O Contemporary Dance where she currently serves as Artistic Director.
Five years later she opened The Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh with H2O Principal dancer, Mariah McLeod. Through both endeavors Danielle has developed a preprofessional program where eligible high school seniors have been given the opportunity to apprentice with H20 and has created professional opportunities for the DCP Repertory Company. Danielle is working with Mariah currently to develop an early dismissal program for high school seniors for multi-dance genre study expected to launch fall or 2018.
Danielle studied Pilates at Power Pilates Studios in NYC and continually participates in continuing education for the benefit of her students. Danielle has choreographed and/or performed through H2O as well as an Independent Artists for non H20 events such as LABCO New Works, LABCO Black Box Series, IndieChor, Heart Ball,Choreographers Continuum, Hot Pink Pittsburgh, International Summer Dance, Pillow Project’s Second Saturdays, Gallery Crawl 2008, Point Park University Adjunct Concerts and more. She has donated her talents to Howe Elementary, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Danora Library, Castle Shannon Community Summer Camp, FACES After School Program Teen Outreach and Family Services and The Crisis Center North. Danielle is a long time member of Point Park University’s adjunct faculty where she has taught jazz technique, anatomy and physiology for dance majors, composition, dance pedagogy and Point Park International Summer Dance faculty where she teaches Modern. She has also choreographed for both programs and continues to rewrite the dance pedagogy course. As a representative of Point Park University, Danielle participated in The American College Dance Festival teaching Contemporary Jazz.
Mariah is a Pittsburgh native, attended Bucknell University and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Point Park University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Other contributions to her education include The American Dance Festival where she studied with Robert Battle, David Dorfman, Mark Haim, Betty Jones, and Nicholas Leichter.
Mariah joined Point Park University’s faculty as an Adjunct Professor in 2008 where she has taught Jazz, Tap, and Body Alignment. She is co-founder and co-director of The Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh and has taught dance and movement for many programs in the Pittsburgh area including The Dance Alloy, Point Park University International Summer Dance Program, The University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College Summer Arts Program, and The Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh. Mariah has also taught Pilates at The Pilates Center of Pittsburgh and The Mt. Lebanon Recreational Canter. She is currently a principal dancer with H2O Contemporary Dance and can regularly be seen performing with them. Mariah has performed works by Joanna Mendl Shaw and Kevin Wynn, and also appeared as an independent artist with The Pittsburgh Dance Connection and Ampersand Dance, and performed in numerous Labco New Works and Black Box Concerts, and The Pittsburgh Heartball. Mariah enjoys choreography and most recently set a piece for the 2013 Point Park Connections Concert.