|That's Danielle Georgiou with her leg really high in the air.|
She's the Program Coordinator and Visiting Scholar in Dance at Eastfield College, the Director of University of Texas at Arlington's Dance Ensemble, a guest choreographer for Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, and a dancer at Contemporary Ballet Dallas and the Big Rig Dance Collective. Phew! Such is the life of Danielle Georgiou.
Wait, I didn't even tell you why we're featuring her on the Dallas Observer. She is also the artistic director of an eponymous dance group, which will be performing at Artopia on Saturday.
She founded Danielle Georgiou Dance Group, or DGDG for short, after performing a piece at the National Performance Network's annual conference in 2010. It was called "Roam," and featured a dance video matched to live dancers, working together as partners on identical choreography. Teatro Dallas' artistic director Cora Cardona saw the piece at NPN and commissioned a two-week run. At that point, Georgiou needed to give her cohort a name.
"The dancers immediately chimed in DGDG," Georgiou says. "They said it was my fate, my initials meant 'dance group,' and therefore, it only made sense." More »