Danielle Smith Guillermo, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native is an alumna of the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet (PRB), formerly Cumberland Dance Company. She continued her training on scholarship at Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Juilliard Intensive, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and American Dance Festival. Danielle attended SUNY-Purchase College for one year before joining Avodah Dance Ensemble in New York under the direction of JoAnne Tucker. She then danced for DCDCII under the direction of Shonna Hickman-Matlock. There she originated roles in works by Hickman-Matlock, Kevin Ward, and William McClellan.

From 2006-2010, Danielle was a featured performer, dance captain, and choreographer for Sight & Sound Theatre, Lancaster. She choreographed “Joseph” for its 2010 premiere season. Danielle was selected 2007 Best Emerging Choreographer & Josephine Swartz Award winner for Regional Dance America/Northeast for her first PRB work, “Liberation: Movement & Light.” She received the Monticello Award to attend the 2007 RDA Craft of Choreography Conference in Seattle, WA. Her piece, "Kodo Suite" was also performed by PRB at the 2013 Festival. She has performed solos of her own work locally and abroad including the 2006 L'Arte de la Danse Festival in Heidelberg, Germany.

In July 2013, Danielle was one of six choreographers selected for the first ever Breaking Glass Emerging Female Choreographer's Project. Musician/composer James Casey composed an original score for Danielle's Ugly Duckling, a new 30 minute ballet and in school residency program that tackles bullying, overcoming obstacles, and celebrating individuality. It was premiered by Pennsylvania Regional Ballet in May 2014 and reached over 2000 children in the Harrisburg School District between 2014 and 2015. Numerous grants obtained by the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet supported this endeavor.

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Hollis Healy; used courtesy of HSD

Photo Credit: Hollis Healy; used courtesy of HSD

As an instructor,  Danielle has been on faculty at Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, Hershey School of Dance, Jeralydne’s School of the Dance (DCDC), Prazon Contemporary School of Dance, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Summer Intensive. Ms. Guillermo is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Messiah College where she teaches classes in ballet, modern, and creates choreography for the performance ensemble, GiViM.