Danielle Hutton is a New York-based contemporary fusion dancer from Brooklyn, New York. She has been dancing for 20 years as both a soloist and as a troupe member with Solstice Dance Ensemble and Solstice Tribe, as well as a guest dancer with Bellyqueen and Zilla Dance Ensemble.
Danielle was 17 years old when, curious about how Colombian pop star Shakira moved her body, she began taking classes with NYC bellydance institution Reyna Alcala. She would go on to train with Sera Solstice, who has been one of her biggest influences. Her teachers also include tribal fusion icons Zoe Jakes, Kami Liddle, April Rose and, most notably, Mira Betz, whom she considers her mentor. Danielle complements her bellydance fusion training with Argentine tango, ballet, contemporary dance and burlesque.
Danielle’s choreographic process is intuitive, guided by an intention she aims to share with her audience. She is an entrancing performer who is incredibly grounded yet exhilarating. Through her choreographies, she tells deep stories full of vibrant rawness that pull at the audience’s heartstrings. Her storytelling power lies in her ability to be fully present with her audience, tempering her passionate performances with precise and measured technique.
Danielle has also been producing her own shows focused on vulnerability and deep human connection. For the past three years, she has been hosting an intensive workshop in New York called Choreographer’s Vision. Each year, she hosts a renowned dancer and instructor from the tribal fusion world–Kami Liddle, Mira Betz—in order to provide dancers with the tools to take their choreographic work to the next level.
For her first production of Choreographer’s Vision, she successfully produced the show “Mirapiece Theater” and hosted renowned fusion dancers April Rose, Victoria Teel, Kami Liddle and Mira Betz. In 2019, she produced the show “Love Letters”, which pushed the concept of connection further by asking the dancers to choreograph their pieces around an anonymous love letter written by another performer. The result was a beautiful display of vulnerability that brought the performers and their audience closer together.
She has also created “Arte Magia”, her own dance company and production. Currently in the works, “Arte Magia” will present a memoir of works entitled chroma. Her goal is to present it in 2022.
This latest project has been borne of Danielle’s research into the mythology of magical practices and rituals. Danielle is currently interested in exploring ways of turning the choreographic process into a magic ritual and make her pieces part of her spellwork.
Danielle performs at various bellydance showcases in New York and across the United States, and teaches regular in-person and online classes at Bellyqueen as well as her own independent classes.