Dani Cole, otherwise known as "dan," (they/them) is an artist working at the intersections of text, trees, and movement, living on unceded Canarsie-Lenape land, present-day Brooklyn, NY.
Currently, Dani is focusing on place and Earth-based care: spending time with plants n' people at Maple Street Community Garden and stewarding trees as an NYC Parks Super Stewards Street Tree Care Captain. They work as a collaborator with jill sigman/thinkdance.
As a burgeoning Creative Arts Therapist and health worker, Dani believes centering the experiences and leadership of the most impacted is integral to current + future transformation in arts and health fields. They are on the community board of Hyp-ACCESS.
When not working in public health or outside, Dani loves teaching — embodied writing workshops, movement for disabled and non-disabled humans, and is on guest faculty at various schools.
In the past, Dani’s dance works have been shared through the 92Y, Actor’s Fund Arts Center, Bridge for Dance, and the Emelin Theatre. Dani was part of the 92Y's Dance Up! next generation of young choreographers, a commissioned choreographer at The Steffi Nossen School of Dance, and a choreographic resident at Mana Contemporary. They performed with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company at the Park Avenue Armory in 2021.
Writing from Dani can be found in Eva Yaa Asantewaa's Imagining: A Gibney Journal. Dani's first poetry book will be published in 2024 by Nothing to Say press.