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Tufts University
Dept. of Theatre, Dance,
and Performance Studies
Jackson 110
40 Talbot Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2853
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Daniel McCusker
Senior Lecturer & Head of Performance

Biography

A dance-maker, teacher, mentor, and dance curator, Daniel McCusker is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Performance Studies at Tufts University and he has an ongoing relationship with the Boston Conservatory where he teaches Creative Process. Interesting recent projects include a duet made for performances by the Christopher Watkins Dance Company, in Minneapolis, April 2018; rehearsal direction, Boston Conservatory performances of Merce Cunningham's How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run, 2017; movement work for a production of Sarah Ruhl's Orlando, directed by Natalya Balydga, for Opera House Arts in Stonington ME, and performances of his dance Hey! at the ICA/Boston, 2016. In 2015/16, he served as the project manager and rehearsal director for the Boston Conservatory’s Cunningham Project, at the ICA/Boston, in conjunction with the Black Mountain College exhibit, Leap Before You Look.

Daniel McCusker is actively involved in the local dance community as a choreographer, teacher and mentor, mostly recently for the aMassIt Choreographers at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, Spring 2018, a weekly modern technique class that benefitted Green Street Studios, in Cambridge, Spring and Summer, 2018, and the development of a duet, MakeShift with Jaclyn Waguespack. When circumstances allow, he curates and produces the THisThAt Show, a project that contextualizes dances by local choreographers, juxtaposing them with new music, poetry, media made for IPads, projections, animations. His choreographic work has been supported by federal and state grant organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts (Choreography Fellowships), NYSCA, MAC as well as producing organizations and generous individuals.

McCusker has taught internationally in Canada, Singapore and France as well as at several American dance festivals and he has been a guest artist in many university dance and art programs. In addition to making his own work, he performed in the work of many of his contemporaries, in New York in the 70s and 80s, and in Portland ME in the 90s. He danced with the Lucinda Childs Dance Company, on tour in the US and Western Europe. For seven years he directed Ram Island Dance, a community dance organization, in Portland ME, with a company that toured throughout New England, classes for children and adults, and a small presenting program. For several years he was the co-director of the Young Dancers Program for Summer Stages Dance and served as a mentor to several Summer Stages Choreography Fellows.

A native New Yorker, Daniel McCusker trained at Alfredo Corvino's studio, studied modern technique at the Cunningham Studio and improvisation with Judy Padow. Improvisation classes with Olivier Besson and Debra Bluth and technique classes with Gwyneth Jones have had more recent impact on his dancing and teaching.

Courses Taught

DNC 12 Ballet 1
DNC 13 Ballet II
DNC 62 Dance Rep & Perf
DNC 71 Dance Movement & Creative Process
DNC 91 Special Topics First-Year Dance Ensemble
DNC 117 Studies in Dance Composition