A classic jazz stylist for over two decades, Danny Buraczeski's work has traced a clear and deep investigation of jazz - its sources and ongoing evolution - with keen attention paid to the rich lineage of individual performers and movement makers. Rhythm drives Buraczeski's choreographic explorations. Respect and enthusiasm for his musical collaborators is evident in the thorough research, extensive knowledge and advocacy for jazz makers and the vernacular sights, sounds and environments that are his wellspring.
After a career on Broadway appearing in such musicals as Mame with Angela Lansbury and The Act with Liza Minnelli, Danny formed the original New York City-based JAZZDANCE in 1979. Based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul from 1992 to 2005, the company performed at leading concert halls and festivals in more than 35 states and in Europe and the Caribbean.
Many of Buraczeski's works for JAZZDANCE were commissioned by presenters around the country including the Walker Art Center, Bates Dance Festival and the Library of Congress, whose 1997 support of Among These Cares was this institution's first dance commission in 50 years. The Joyce Theater (where the company performed regularly since 1987), the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Bucknell University, Penn State, Palm Beach Community College and the University of Minnesota have also supported the creation of new work.
Buraczeski has created works for the Boston Ballet, Ballet Memphis, the Zenon Dance Company and many repertory companies and universities around the nation. He has taught at each of the nation's major dance festivals. Among other awards, he has received multiple fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, for whom he is now a regular panelist/consultant. He is recipient of a 2003 McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship and was a 2004 Bush Foundation Fellow. He was named Artist of the Year by the Minneapolis StarTribune in 2000.
TeachingClassic Jazz Technique and Composition