began dancing at Suitland High School’s Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Maryland and received additional training at the Dance Institute of Washington, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, The Ailey School and Dance Theater of Harlem. Upon graduating, Mr. Harder attended the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance on full scholarship, where he had the opportunity to work with and perform works by world renown choreographers. Before graduating in 2009, he danced in an international tour of West Side Story, and with Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Daniel became a member of Ailey II in 2009 and joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2010, under the direction of Judith Jamison, where he was featured in works by Alvin Ailey, Rennie Harris, Ronald K. Brown, Hans van Manen, Aszure Barton, Ulysses Dove, and Kyle Abraham, to name a few. Recently, Daniel made his Broadway debut in Disney’s THE LION KING. Mr. Harder has had the privilege to work as a choreographer’s assistant with powerhouses including Debbie Allen and Christopher L. Huggins at Lula Washington Dance Theater, Philadanco, and Dallas Black Dance Theater. When Mr. Harder is not performing, he teaches master classes at high schools and universities in the U.S. and abroad.
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