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At 17, Daniela went to Nervi (Italy), scene of a renowned international dance competition, escorted by her life-guide mother Ann Moon, also her teacher in Afro-Cuban style. 


At the venue, some members of the “Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater” were impressed with her and granted her a scholarship in New York.


Shortly thereafter, she was made a member of the Junior Company. 


She was cast in Wade in the water, the pas-de-deux Fix me Jesus, both of them parts of the celebrated ballet Revelations.


Some choreographies created directly on her:  


  • Echoes in Blu by Milton Myers


Among the others, she also danced in:

  • Myth, by Alvin Ailey

  • New Orleans Junction by Alvin McDuffie

  • Autumn (The Four Seasons), by Joyce Trisler.


Within the company, she studied the following techniques:  

  • Ballet, with Genia Melikova and Maggie Black


  • Horton, with Judith Jamison, Joyce Trisler, Sylvia Waters, Denise Jefferson and Dudley Williams

  • Graham, with Bertram Ross and Pearl Lang

  • Cunningham, with Gus Salomon.

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