Dept. of Performing and Visual Arts
- M.F.A. Jacksonville University
- B.A. University of Central Florida
Daniel Bodiford began his dance career in Florida, performing in theme parks, industrial shows, cabaret and diverse gala events. In 1988, he moved to France, where he would dance at the Lido de Paris, the Folies-Bergère and the Moulin Rouge. During this period, he also danced in TV commercials and variety shows and performed in casino shows in France, Japan and Portugal. Other screen work includes Sinatra: 80 Years My Way, Frank Sinatra’s 80th birthday celebration at Shrine Auditorium, and the film La Belle Verte, by Colinne Serreau.
In the mid-90s, Bodiford moved towards contemporary modern dance and dance-theatre. He collaborated with various choreographers on a project-to-project basis and, for four years, was a member of the French national modern dance company Ballet Atlantique-Régine Chopinot, with which he toured throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and Canada. He was part of improvisational performances commissioned by the Pompidou Center, the city of Aix-en-Provence and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France and performed with the National Opera of Paris-Bastille, the Bregenzfestpiel in Austria and Opera North in the UK.
Bodiford has given workshops at Broward College, Miami-Dade College, the University of Poitier and the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of La Rochelle in La Rochelle, France, as well as at the Center for Choreographic Development-Danse à Lille and at the Ménagerie de Verre studio, two esteemed European institutions for contemporary modern dance training.
In 2016, he translated Corps Rebelles, an exhibition linking contemporary dance with social upheavals of the 20th century, from French into English, for the Musée des Confluences, in Lyon, France.
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