Ririe-Woodbury Staff

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
138 West 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Phone: 801.297.4241
Fax: 801. 297.4235

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

General Info:  

Managing Director

Jena Woodbury

Artistic Director

Daniel is a dance artist who has been active as a choreographer, teacher, and performer since 1995. He spent 18 years in New York where he maintained a project-based company and danced with Doug Varone and Dancers (1999 – 2010) and the Limón Dance Company (1996 – 1999). Additionally, he performed with Doug Elkins and Friends, the Metropolitan Opera, the Aquila Theater Company, the Mary Anthony Dance Theater, Opera Colorado, Minnesota Opera, Music Theater of Wichita, Mordine and Company (Chicago), and Dance Kaleidoscope (Indianapolis). Daniel is a B.F.A. graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and a 2013 M.F.A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts in Choreography and Integrated Media. Daniel has served as the Artistic Director of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company since 2013.

Daniel was a full-time member of Doug Varone and Dancers for ten seasons (1999 – 2010). As a member of the company he was part of over 20 new works and served as the rehearsal director. He was a member of the Limón Dance Company for three seasons (1996 – 1999) where he was featured in work by choreographers such as José Limón, Anthony Tudor, and Jirí Kylián. Additionally, he performed with Doug Elkins and Friends, the Metropolitan Opera, the Aquila Theater Company, the Mary Anthony Dance Theater, Opera Colorado, Minnesota Opera, Music Theater of Wichita, Mordine and Company, and Dance Kaleidoscope (Indianapolis).

Daniel’s choreographic work is inspired by the notion of temporality. Utilizing movement as his primary medium, he employs a broad range of physicalites to explore the vulnerability and courage existence requires. He is interested in the interaction between movement and technology and how our human evolution is influenced by this relationship. Daniel’s work has been produced by the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, the Inside/Out series at Jacob’s Pillow, the Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA), and by East Tennessee State University. He has also presented two full evening concerts at Joyce SoHo (NYC). Daniel has been commissioned to choreograph new work for many companies, universities, and festivals; including the Summer Stages Dance Festival (Concord, MA), the VIA Dance Collective (NYC) , the d9 Dance Collective (Seattle) and the Zenon Dance Company (Minneapolis) where his piece Storm was named “Best Dance Performance of 2012” by Minneapolis City Pages. He received a choreographic fellowship from the Summer Stages Dance Festival and has been the artist in residence at the Silo at Kirkland Farm three times. Daniel is a recipient of Dance Theater Workshop’s Outer/Space Creative Residency and of Topaz Arts Solo Flight Creative Residency. He has created over 15 new works on students in workshop situations.

Daniel has taught regularly in New York at respected studios such as the Limón Institute, the 92nd Street Y, Peridance Center, 100 Grand, Dance New Amsterdam (formerly Dancspace Center), and University Settlement. He regularly teaches master classes and workshops around the country and has taught at the Metropolitan Opera, the Bates Dance Festival, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Comprehensive, the Varone Summer Dance Workshop (2000 – 2009), and the Limón Summer Workshop (1996 – 1999). He has been a guest artist at numerous universities and was an adjunct faculty member at Hunter College (NYC) as well as the California Institute of the Arts. Daniel held an annual dance intensive in Cambridge, MA and teaches a professional technique workshop in Boulder, CO every summer. He has staged the works of José Limón, and Jirí Kylián, and Doug Varone at various schools and companies such as Bern Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Company, Ballet Met, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Zenon Dance Company, Marymount Manhattan College, North Carolina School of the Arts, Fordham at Ailey, Ohio State University, Emerson College, University of Akron, University of Maryland, Adelphi University, Point Park University, and George Mason University.

Daniel was a freelance web developer and works extensively in the digital realm; creating websites, working with video, exploring interactive technology, and seeking ways to implement media in his work.


Director of Education

Gigi Arrington

Director of Development

David Hodges

Director of Marketing/PR

Dennis Busch

Booking Manager

Sara Taylor


Phil Falkowski

Tech. Director/Stage Mgr.

Cliff Wallgren


Joan Woodbury


Shirley Ririe