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My Mission

As​ ​an​ ​artist​ ​I​ ​aim​ ​to​ ​create​ ​work​ ​that​ ​is​ ​used​ ​as​ ​a​ ​catalyst​ ​for​ ​social​ ​change;​ ​creating​ ​work​ ​in hopes​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​awareness​ ​and​ ​enlightenment​ ​to​ ​societal​ ​issues​ ​that​ ​are​ ​constantly unacknowledged.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​my​ ​desire​ ​that​ ​my​ ​work​ ​sparks​ ​conversation,​ ​that​ ​an​ ​audience​ ​can​ ​walk away​ ​pondering​ ​a​ ​thought,​ ​one​ ​they​ ​can​ ​resonate​ ​with,​ ​alter​ ​their​ ​perspective,​ ​and​ ​aid​ ​change for​ ​the​ ​greater​ ​good.​ ​Most​ ​importantly​ ​I​ ​aim to​ ​keep​ ​the​ ​African​ ​Diasporic​ ​culture​ ​alive,​ ​to​ ​gain knowledge​ ​and​ ​a​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​self,​ ​so​ ​that​ ​we​ ​all​ ​might​ ​thrive​ ​and​ ​seek​ ​liberation.​ ​To​ ​me,​ ​liberation is​ ​our​ ​goal;​ ​to​ ​have​ ​obtained​ ​a​ ​liberated​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​self​ ​through​ ​knowledge,​ ​style,​ ​art,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​way of​ ​life.​ ​Living​ ​life​ ​boldly,​ ​as​ ​we​ ​seek​ ​to​ ​state​ ​change​ ​and​ ​evolution.​ ​We​ ​all​ ​deserve​ ​that​ ​freedom



Affectionately known as Dani Criss The Artist; a dancer, actress, activist, creator, and writer,
Dani Criss seeks to explore the individuality in humanity, the concept of self liberation, and the
use of ourselves and our work as catalyst for social change. She is heavily influenced by the
African diaspora, her heritage, and the history we stand on as she implements thorough research
elements and processes through her artistry. Trained extensively in the dances of the African
Diaspora, predominantly in West African and Congolese techniques, various stylings of modern,
jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, and liturgical dances. Dani is a graduate of High Point University
with a B.A. in Theatre Performance and Dance. As an actress, she studies authentic storytelling
and uses techniques such as Misner to connect to true places of empathy. From comedic relief,
to the undeniable underdog, and the powerhouse, Dani grasps the essence of character work as
if it’s her story; having worked in her collegiate theatre company, performing in outdoor theatre
projects, collaborative theatre, and writing works of her own. She has trained with Collage
Dance Company (Durham, NC), the American Dance Festival and their faculty (Durham, NC),
Otesha Cultural Arts Ensemble (Winston Salem, NC), Urban Bush Women and the Summer
Leadership Institute (New Orleans, LA & Brooklyn, NY), The Honorable Chuck Davis and the
African American Dance Ensemble (Durham, NC), as well as numerous other professional artist
around the country. Her work has been seen at High Point University (High Point, NC), the
American College Dance Association (Tennessee and Mississippi), Mark Morris Dance Center
(Brooklyn, NY), Headlong Theatre (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), The Durham Arts Council
(Durham, NC), and other various festivals, schools, and venues in NC and NYC. Dani strives to
create and display authentic work that will ultimately touch, inspire, and change lives. She is a
native of Durham, NC and currently works, trains, teaches and performs as a freelance artist in
Brooklyn, NY.

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