As a Jacksonville, FL native; Amber Daniels is a creator, mover, and educator. Her love of community is a pillar within her artistry. During her six seasons with Jacksonville Dance Theatre, she served as the Community Outreach Coordinator teaching community classes and organizing special performances such as the National Water Dance in 2016 involving students of local colleges and elementary schools to virtually join dancers across the world in a live video event recognizing the conservation and importance of water. In 2016-2018 she co- founded and served as Executive Director of Northeast Florida Dance Coalition a collaborative effort to bring dance to the community while raising funds for young dancers and artists to continue their education. In 2015, she served as Artistic Director of Soul Songs a collaborative site specific and staged show involving three companies, independent dancers, musicians, drawing, and painting artists of the community.
Performing with JDT, Amber has had the opportunity to work with remarkable artists such as Jonah Bokaer, James Boyd, Jay Jackson, Bliss Kohlmyer, James Morrow, Nancy Evans Dance Theatre, and Mikey Rioux. She has traveled to multiple festivals and conventions representing Jacksonville Dance Theatre including Stakes are High: An Evening of Collaborated Dance in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Mix Match Dance Festival in Los Angeles. She has choreographed multiple works seen throughout JDT’s seasons such as Perspective inviting audience members to view this piece from Facebook Live during a live physical performance and 10-7-37: Progression/Regression focusing on an individual’s process of grieving death.
With a love of theatre, Ms. Daniels proudly served as Choreographer for Florida State College at Jacksonville’s High School Summer Musical Experience for six seasons. There she worked on West Side Story, Wizard of Oz, Cats, FAME, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Peter Pan. Independently she with Director Samuel Fisher choreographing Rocky Horror Picture Show in 2018 commissioned by Blake Osner and several Experimental Theatre productions such as Rite focusing on daily ritual practice, Sunday Brunch a study of the history of Sunday Brunch, and 3 focusing society’s pressures of young children. She then worked with Tim Driscoll and Andrew Cardy in music videos for artists such as AF THE NAYSAYER and Lumare.
Receiving her BFA Dance education through Florida State College at Jacksonville and Jacksonville University, Amber found a passion for teaching. As an educator, Amber developed curriculums for elementary, middle, and high school levels. At Episcopal School of Jacksonville, she served as Middle School Director of Dance in 2016 and moved on to become full Director of the program in 2017 for two years. She has traveled to Valdosta State University as a Guest Instructor in 2015 and visited Guatemala City in 2011 to assist and choreograph with Kim McDonough for Rios Dance School. She credits her mentors Maryanne Aycock, Rosemary Fletcher, Rebecca Levy, Katie McCaughan, Tiffany Santiero, and Talani Torres for her educational and artistic qualities.
Photo credit: Katherine Richardson