Male Scholarship Faculty Profiles
  Daniel Duell - Founder, Artistic Director, Faculty Chair

A former principal male dancer with New York City Ballet, an internationally acclaimed teacher, and a celebrated choreographer, Artistic Director Daniel Duell brings vast experience and exceptional background to the guidance of today's aspiring male ballet dancers.

In addition to the many major roles he performed during his fifteen years with New York City Ballet, Mr. Duell's performance profile includes concert tours with other great male classicists of his day such as Edward Villella, Jacques d'Amboise, Peter Martins, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Mr. Duell's teaching profile includes repeat guest engagements for the School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, and National School of Dance Arts in Sophia, Bulgaria, and the internationally admired ballet department at Indiana University. Mr. Duell's deep understanding of today's classicism is enriched by his ten years under Mr. Balanchine's direction, his performances of masterpiece repertoire by Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, and Jacques d'Amboise, among others, and his long training with Stanley Williams, Balanchine's principal male teacher at the School of American Ballet for three decades.

Attributes of Mr. Duell's teaching for men include uncompromising clarity of execution, cultivation of authoritative posture and presence, careful building of secure pirouettes and tours en l'air, beauty of movement quality, and ability to achieve the "controlled abandon" that makes male dancing uniquely exciting. Mr. Duell also possesses exceptional understanding of partnering, from the most fundamental basics to the highest levels of seamless craftsmanship. Mr. Duell's deep musicality, enhanced by ten years directly under Mr. Balanchine and his own training from childhood as a classical flutist, further broadens his unique capacity to teach today's purest, most brilliant classicism.

New York City's production of Agon. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust.

Heather Watts with Mel Tomlinson
Daniel Duell, Renee Estopinal and Wilhelmina Frankfurt
Maria Calegari, Victor Castelli and Peter Frame

"I have known Dan as a talented young student at the School of American Ballet, as a thoroughly committed and professional member of the New York City Ballet, at which he attained the status of Principal Dancer, and now as a director and teacher at Ballet Chicago. Dan has also returned to his alma mater, SAB, as a guest teacher, so I have very direct and personal experience of Dan's exceptional knowledge of, and devotion to the aesthetics of George Balanchine. Dan is deeply vested in keeping a strong Balanchine influence in his own company, and he has my complete admiration and support."
- Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief, New York City Ballet
"I've known Dan Duell's teaching since taking his men's classes in 2007 at School of American Ballet while I was still a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. In Dan's teaching I saw immediately a unique blend of his long background with both Mr. Balanchine and the great Danish teacher Stanley Williams, Balanchine's principal men's instructor for over thirty years. Dan's class brought tears to my eyes. I am honored now to have him teach my company dancers for a second consecutive year here at Royal Danish Ballet, and to institute a student exchange between the Royal Danish Ballet School and Dan's School of Ballet Chicago. Few people anywhere teach at Dan's level - Chicago is very lucky to have him."
- Nikolaj Hubbe, Artistic Director, Royal Danish Ballet, former principal dancer, New York City Ballet
"Teaching Balanchine's ideology has become such an integral part of ballet in our country. To learn directly from an individual who has worked alongside the master offers an immediate and invaluable connection. Ballet Chicago is able to teach Balanchine technique effectively and perform the works of George Balanchine with great success."
- Peter Boal, Artistic Director, Pacific Northwest Ballet, former principal dancer, New York City Ballet

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