danielle rutherford

Raised in South Jersey, Danielle started performing as a part of the nationally recognized dance team at Jersey Cape Dance and Gymnastics Academy. From there, she began her formal ballet training with Phyllis Papa at the Atlantic City Ballet Theater Academy. She continued on to graduate from the ballet department at Walnut Hill School of the Arts, under the direction of Michael Owen. Danielle moved to New York City to attend Marymount Manhattan College, where she performed works by director Katie Langan, Nancy Lushington, John Butler, and Mark Morris.  She graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in dance and received the prestigious Gold Key Award for excellence in ballet.  Since then, she has performed in multiple productions, including Norte Maar's CounterPointe, Battery Dance Festival, XAOC Ballet's 'Project Ignite' and 'Choreography Up Close,' Fleet Week at the Intrepid, the Americans for the Arts 4th National Summit: R&R Festival of Performing Arts, as well at Ballet Theater Company's annual production of "The Nutcracker." Danielle currently dances for Exit12, XAOC Contemporary Ballet, and Benjamin Briones Ballet.