Young Choreographers Showcase Interview: Danny Dwaine Wells II

Tomorrow is the big day!  Our eleven finalists have twenty four hours until they gather in the theater and prepare to mount the show and share their hard work with audiences twice tomorrow!  We have one last interview- this time with fabulous choreographer Danny Dwaine Wells II…

Tell us a little bit about your history in Dance:

544422_10100263781217517_597009180_nDanny Dwaine Wells II is a moving, living  expression of life. He has had the privilege of training with some outstanding dance programs: Los Angeles County High School of the Arts [LACHSA], Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive, and Diavolo Dance Theatre. Expanding his boundaries and comfort zone with the San Diego State University [SDSU] BFA dance program, he has been exploring various modalities for self expression through unique movement styles. He is excited to be embarking on a creative journey as a choreographer. Dwaine looks forward to challenging himself as an artist, and he hopes to benefit as a performer from the symbiotic energy shared between the a choreographer and his fellow performers.

Why do you believe your work should win this competition?

There’s no diplomatic or poetic way of saying, ” Because I believe my piece deserves to win,” so I am stating for the record that I feel my piece deserves to win. As a dancer and a patron of the arts, I would want a relevant and relatable work to win. The piece should be aesthetically satisfying, current and emotionally provoking. The winner should leave a artistic hunger for their audience; a choreographer surprise. I believe my work is all of this. Anti-static is adorned with captivating movement and an inspiring and relevant conceptual motif.

What are the themes involved in your piece? Is this a new exploration for you?DSC_7036

Anti-static explores the ideas of progression and what prevents us a people from moving on. I used specific experiences and events in my life to create this motif, I feel that the work is universally relatable. Yes, some of the themes explored have only recently begin to heal and ready for further examining.

What do you want your audience to know coming into the performance? 

Stay open-minded…

There you have it folks! Tickets are still available, but not for long!  Save your seat and VOTE!
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