Raised in South Dakota and Minnesota, and now a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Dana is well versed in ballet and modern dance. Beginning his career with the Minnesota Dance Theatre in Minneapolis, he danced in New York City with Sara Sugihara and the Family, then in Canada and the United States with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Washington Ballet.
Co-Founder and Artistic and Choreographic Director of Sun.Ergos, A Company of Theatre and Dance since 1977, Dana has danced, acted, and choreographed over 60 productions, performing across Canada, the United States and in 23 other countries. He has written and created some 10 shows which have had world premieres at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Swansea Festival Fringe and the Međunarodni Djecji Festival Šibenik, Croatia, winning awards in USA, Canada, England, Croatia, Poland and Iran. In 2004, he received the highest cultural honor given by Croatia, the REDOM DANICA HRVATSKE S LIKOM MARKA MARULICA, from the President of Croatia.
Dana studied dance in Italy, France, England, Scotland, the United States and at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada and taught both adults and children at the community, college and university levels. The recipient of two Gulbenkian Fellowships in Dance, he studied at the Laban Centre in London and the International Course for Professional Choreographers and Composers in Surrey. He worked with Murray Louis, Nina Weiner and Glen Tetley in choreography and Gisela Reber in folk-dance and has done choreography on Balada Roumanian Folk Dance Ensemble, for the Alberta Games Show, Theatre Calgary, The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and Menaka Thakkar.
For the last 27 years, Dana has also been practicing Educational Kinesiology, and received an OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from the Educational Kinesiology Foundation for facilitating the translation of BRAIN GYM® into Croatian. He is a licensed Brain Gym® Instructor/Consultant.
Dana has taught workshops and worked as an Artist in Residence with Sun.Ergos in Canada and 11 other countries and has developed work exploring the relationship between words, images and movement to create choral/movement pieces from poetry. His focus has been to help children develop physical dance/movement literacy, and he is excited about being able to extend this to include the Language of Dance. Since 2001, he has been teaching workshops at the Priddis Community Pre-School, combining Brain Gym®, developmental movements, dance, nursery rhymes and story-telling. A new focus is Brain-Body Fitness and movement mastery classes for Seniors.
Dana’s training in Brain Gym®, Specialized Kinesiology and Movement Literacy includes:
- Edu-K in Depth
- Vision Circles
- Creative Vision
- Total-Core Re-patterning
- Movement Exploration
- Integration of Birth and Change
- Integrations of Dynamic and Postural Reflexes
- Rhythmic Movement Training: Levels 1-3
- Fear Paralysis Reflex, Facial Reflexes/Language and Bonding
- Language of Dance Foundations, Parts 1 and 2
- Elementary Labanotation