CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I am applying for a Policy Board Member position because I would like to represent and amplify diverse voices on the Board and would work to positively affect the trajectory of the organization. I have the great interest, skills and passion to further serve and support the mission of NDEO, and to help shape the direction of its programming and operation. Since joining the Board in 2016 I have sought to reimagine and reinvigorate the role of the Director of E-Communications, growing the Committee ten-fold and transforming the weekly Job Announcement forums into a consistent, easy-to-use digest. The Policy Board has acknowledged my “vigilance developing and applying more robust strategies for more efficient and effective communications for membership.” Producing the “How To Be A Better Communicator” video, and its accompanying written Guide, used humor to share information to the membership and signals the dedication I have demonstrated beyond the job description. Through initiatives like this, as well as serving on NDEO’s Priorities in Dance Brochure Task Force, I have utilized the same creative outside-the-box thinking employed as the steward of an acclaimed NYC-based nonprofit teaching and performing dance company currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. If elected onto the Policy Board I would continue to support the work of the E-Communications Committee as a liaison to an incoming Director. I would bring a unique voice to the Board, generationally, artistically, pedagogically, and philosophically, along with a range of business and artistic skills developed as a producer, president, educational director, teacher, choreographer, and dancer. I am diligent, organized, detailed, and reliable, and offer a levity, empathy, and zest to interactions with others. I seek to represent a diverse cross-section of the membership and to present this diverse range of voices at the Policy Board table that may have previously not been heard.
BIOGRAPHY: Daniel Gwirtzman--producer, choreographer, educator, filmmaker and dancer—directs the NYC-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, celebrating its 20th Anniversary. His diverse repertory for the nonprofit, and other concert and commercial projects, has earned praise for its humor, stylistic diversity, musicality, charisma and accessibility. “Mr. Gwirtzman does know that in dance less can be more. And that’s a good thing for any choreographer to know” writes The New York Times. The New Yorker describes him as a choreographer of “high spirits and skill.” The Company has been described as “A troupe I’d follow anywhere” (The Village Voice), a “troupe of fabulous dancers” (Backstage) that “can’t help but smile” (The New Yorker). The nonprofit, renown for innovative teaching and institutional partnerships, has demonstrated a commitment to education since its inception through inclusionary, multigenerational interactive programming. Daniel’s choreography has been performed at venues throughout the country and abroad, and he has been awarded commissions, residencies and fellowships from institutions around the world. He danced with Garth Fagan Dance, Mark Morris Dance Group, and has been faculty at Ithaca College, SUNY Buffalo State, Kennesaw State University, and The University of the Arts as well as a guest artist at numerous schools, colleges, and universities.