"I really loved the freedom of expression, and just realising that... I don't need to use my mouth if I wanna tell a story."
Daniel Riley, from the Wiradjuri nation of Western NSW, first began his training in tap dance before joining QL2 Dance in Canberra.
Daniel has danced with companies both in Australia and in the UK, most notably dancing with Bangarra Dance Theatre for twelve years. He has choreographic credits with Bangarra, Sydney Dance Company, Queensland University of Technology, and Third Row Dance Company in the UK, amongst many others. He is currently an Associate Producer at ILBIJERRI Theatre Company.
In this episode, Daniel looks back at his time at QL2, and discusses his passion for youth dance, black storytelling, and choreography.
Text and interview by Patricia Hayes Cavanagh who is an Australlian Youth Dance Festival, Youth Ambassadors. This season was presented in partnersip with Ausdance Victoria, in conjunction with the Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF). Youth Ambassadors were mentored in the process of writing and undertaking interviews. Additional episodes feature: Adam Wheeler, Anna Kenrick, Adam Rutherford, Cadi McCarthy, Aparna Nagesh, and Isabella Stone. For more information about this special season click here.