Ms. Ricci
Danielle Ricci is an educator, choreographer, director, and dancer. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from University of California, Irvine in 2006 under direction of Donald McKayle. In 2014 she graduated with an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from St. Mary's University of Minnesota and earned an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University in 2018. She has studied at The Ailey School in New York City as part of their Certificate in Dance Program and has danced professionally in California, Texas, and Minnesota performing with Loretta Livingston and Dancers, Austin Classical Ballet, Austin City Ballet, and Alternative Motion Project. She has also performed on stage with members of Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, James Sewell Ballet, and Minnesota Dance Theatre.
 
Danielle is the Founding Artistic Director of Borealis Dance- a professional modern dance company based in Minneapolis, and is currently head of the ballet and modern dance programs at Turning Pointe Dance Studio in Eagan, MN. She has been with Minneapolis Public Schools for the past seven years teaching dance and directing theatre. She has also presented work and taught at the American College Dance Festival Association upper Midwest conference in association with University of Wisconsin, River Falls where she has been a guest choreographer for the past two years. Danielle is excited to share her joy and passion for dance and the performing arts with the students at Whittier this year!