Who is Danielle Rowe?

Who is Danielle Rowe?

Meet the Choreographer Behind For Pixie and Wooden Dimes

Danielle Rowe was born in Shepparton, Australia and trained at the Australian Ballet School. Rowe has created works for San Francisco Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater’s SWITCH program, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Co.Lab Dance (featuring dancers from American Ballet Theatre), Ballet Idaho, Grand Rapids Ballet, SFDanceworks, Diablo Ballet, Oakland Ballet, and Berkeley Ballet Theater.

Dores André and Joseph Walsh in Rowe’s For Pixie // © Erik Tomasson

She also choreographed for the award-winning dance film Sirens Tango (featuring SF Ballet Principal Dancers Sasha de Sola and Luke Ingham), and the cross-disciplinary immersive theater productions of FURY (a collaboration between SF Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and indie-pop band YASSOU) and Before You Had A Name (a collaboration between Barak Ballet, SF Ballet Principal Dancer Sarah Van Patten, violinist Heather Powell, and multi-media artist Alisa Lapidus).

Dores André in Rowe’s For Pixie // © Erik Tomasson

Rowe has been dubbed a “choreographic storyteller” (Culture Vulture) and her work “merits much praise” (SF Chronicle). Her choreographic style has been described as “using a myriad of intricate hand and arm gestures that built on each other like the blocks in a Jenga game, along with a rich, flowing, contemporary ballet movement aesthetic” (culturedGR) and “impressing with the clarity of its intentions and the easy use of a multi-lingual vocabulary” (danceviewtimes).

San Francisco Ballet in Rowe’s Wooden Dimes // © San Francisco Ballet

Rowe’s 2021 world premiere ballet Wooden Dimes was her first work for SF Ballet’s Repertory Season.

Header Image: Dani Rowe // © Jade Butler