Daniel Westfield

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    Student Summer Showcase, July 28

    Free Outdoor Presentation
    Friday, July 28
    Noon
    Duluth Public Library Plaza

    Across from The Depot

    The School of the Minnesota Ballet showcases its upper-level students as they demonstrate ballet, modern, jazz, tap, character (European folk dance), musical theater dance, and their own works in progress created during the choreography class. Highlighting the presentation will be special works by two guest teacher/choreographers.

    Guest Choreographers

    Special Works by Guest Teachers/Choreographers
    Igor Burlak
    , who studied at the School of American Ballet, is a faculty member at the Boston Ballet School and former member of such companies as the Minnesota Ballet. His visit is funded in part by the John T. and Elizabeth C. Adams Arts Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

    Marco Carreon, dance faculty member at California State University Dominguez Hills, directs its resident dance company MOSAIC. In March he taught in the North-Central Region American Dance Association Conference, held at UMD.

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  • Daniel Westfield

    Dan began dancing in 1992 with South Texas Dance Theatre in McAllen, Texas.  As his passion grew he began to perform with many schools in the area including Rio Grande Valley Ballet, McAllen Ballet Studio, International Dance Academy and Dancentre of Edinburg. Through high school and into college, Dan focused primarily on athletics; however, he continued to find ways to take ballet classes and perform. He was awarded the Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship to attend Texas Christian University as a ballet major. In the winter of his first year, he received scholarships to train at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre, the Houston Ballet Academy, and was invited to join Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. While dancing, when he saw many friends suffer injuries and financial struggles, he returned to TCU to study mechanical engineering and mathematics.

    After several years of working in the engineering field, Dan returned to the stage with Ballet Frontier [Fort Worth], where he was quickly promoted to principal dancer and was showcased in many works by Roy Tobias (Universal Ballet) and Chung-Lin Tseng. He was also invited to perform as a guest artist with Texas Ballet Theater under Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. In January 2016, Dan joined Ballet San Antonio, where he had the pleasure of dancing many featured roles including the principal male in both Gerald Arpino’s Confetti and Frederick Franklin’s Tribute.

    Dan would like to thank his family and most importantly the love of his life, Carly Jean, for the continued support to pursue his passions. This is Dan’s first season with Minnesota Ballet.