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DANIELLE ENBLOM

traditional percussive step dance  |   fiddle   |   research   |   education
"When Danielle dances, she imbues grace, delicacy, and artistry.”

-Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh, Altan

Danielle's research and performance represent intersections of old-style Irish dance, sean-nós, and other traditional percussive practices in North America. Elements of Appalachian clogging, Quebecois step dancing, and Cape Breton step dancing also inform Danielle's style and practice. 

With a background in music, modern dance, ballet, competitive Irish step dance, Alexander Technique, and alternative body work Danielle's work in dance is an ever-evolving practice of embodied movement, musical exploration, somatics, and tradition. 
​"Danielle’s deep embodied knowledge informs her pathbreaking research at the intersection of old-style Irish dance, and sean-nós"

-Nic Gareiss
Danielle is the only performer/practitioner/researcher in the country who has a background in modern Irish step dance, old-style Irish step dance, and sean-nos dance who also practices North American forms of traditional percussive dance. 

She is influenced by her studies with dancers from many practices and paradigms, most notably Peggy McTeggart in Country Cork a direct component of the nineteenth century Cork dancing masters, and sean-nós, Cormac O'Shea of Dublin and the original Riverdance cast, and Kieran Jordan of Boston, MA. 

Listen

to Danielle's interview on the popular old-time music podcast with Cameron DeWitt

dance
performance

Danielle has taught, performed, and studied with artists and via institutions around the world. Appearances include collaborations and projects with Anna Colliton, Kieran Jordan, Sean McCommiskey, Josh Dukes, Altan, Daithi Sproule, Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey, Kevin Crawford, Colin Farrell, John Doyle, Brian Miller, Norah Rendell, Nathan Gourley, Anna Lethert, Nick Yenson, Paul Brock, Enda Scahill, Manus McGuire, Julie Fowless, Nic Gareiss, and Paddy O’Brien (Offally).

Notable institutional collaborations include BBC Alba, The New York Trad Fest, The New York City Irish Dance Festival, Milwaukee Irish Fest, Earful of Fiddle, Dance Research Forum Ireland, The International Dance Studies Association, UW Milwaukee, The Minnesota Irish Fair, and St. Paul Irish Arts Week.
research & education
As a trained Waldorf teacher and seasoned educator, Danielle has worked extensively with adults and children. The integration of intellectual, practical, and creative processes are key foundations of her approach. 

​Danielle holds a Diploma in Traditional Irish Music from University College Cork and received a fellowship to complete an MA in Ethnochoreology from the Tralee Institute of Technology. Her masters work focused on historical and cultural paradigms of the dance tradition in County Cork and it's relationship to early European and North American dance traditions. Other awards include an educational fellowship from the Center for German and European Studies at the University of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce's Emerging Leader of the Year.
creative projects

STEPTUNE!
A brand new trio packed with foot percussion, dance tunes, and songs. NY based fiddler Oona Grady and multi-instrumentalist James Gascoyne partner with pan-traditional percussive step dancer, Danielle Enblom. Together, they create a unique and innovative show with driving rhythms, contemplative arrangement, original compositions, and traditional favorites. Come on out and join STEPTUNE! as they sing, play, and step tunes and folk songs from across the North Atlantic.

Much of Danielle's dancing in STEPTUNE! comes from primary source dancers, which is extremely unique in our world of traditional percussive dance. This makes STEPTUNE! truly one of a kind. 


The Bad Neighbors Rhythm Project 
Anna Colliton and Danielle Enblom have paired up to create a first of its kind collaboration to celebrate and reimagine the rhythmic side of Irish music. Colliton and Enblom, seasoned performers deeply rooted in tradition, are celebrated for their dynamic, musical, and innovative approaches to traditional percussive accompaniment.

The Bad Neighbors Rhythm Project brings the bodhrán player and step dancer to the fore with playful sophistication. Finding common rhythms, and the unique ways the physicality of each instrument interacts with the tunes, this show is built to entertain, inspire, and provide some rhythmic food for thought. ​