Danny Buraczeski – Dance USA American Masterpieces ’07

Danny Buraczeski – Dance USA American Masterpieces

Danny Buraczeski set his classic piece Swingtime Concerto through a grant from American Masterpieces: Dance – College Component, AMDCC. “The American Masterpieces: Dance – College Component (AMDCC) is designed to foster appreciation for seminal artists or works in American dance history and creativity. The AMDCC brings classic American dances of the past century to college students and audiences in communities across the nation.” This initiative is in partnership with the New England Foundation of the Arts, NEFA and the NEA.

Bio: Buraczeski is best described as a classic jazz dance stylist, whose company has performed at leading concert halls and festivals in more than 30 states, in Europe and the Caribbean. Propelled by the rhythms of jazz, Buraczeski’s formal explorations and sophisticated musicality distinguish him as one of the most original voices working in the form. JAZZDANCE delivers “simply the most ebullient, dynamic and all-out energy-sapping dance around,” says The Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Downright terrific,” says The New York Times.

Drawing on a background in ballet and modern in addition to jazz, Buraczeski has helped redefine what was once considered a limited form – jazz dance. After a career on Broadway, appearing in such musicals as “Mame” with Angela Lansbury and “The Act” with Liza Minelli, Buraczeski formed the original New York-based JAZZDANCE by Danny Buraczeski in 1979. That company performed at leading concert halls and festivals in more than 40 states, in Europe, Russia and the Caribbean. His work has been commissioned by the Walker Art Center, the Bates Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, the Joyce Theater and the Library of Congress among many others. A classic jazz stylist, he has received multiple fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and is now an Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. http://www.danceusa.org/programs_publications/American_Masterpieces.htm