Daniel Padierna began his early dance training at Dance World Academy at the age of five and has been an active member of the dance community. Padierna will be graduating with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance at Montclair State University (MSU), where he hopes to perform across the world and teach his future students the values of dance education. He has performed in numerous works by eminent choreographers, such as Antony Tudor, Jose Limon, and Larry Keigwin and has performed with companies such as The Hearts of Men Ensemble, BalletNeo and The VonHoward Project. Padierna has had the opportunity to perform at various venues such as the Martha Graham Studios, Alvin Ailey Studios, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Fisher, the Joyce Theater, and has been selected to represent MSU at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) for the past three years. He began his professional choreographic experience back in April 2016, as he began his own project dance company, Padierna Dance Project. His choreography was recently produced at DUMBO Dance Festival, FreeSpace Dance, Kean University, and Earl Mosley’s Winter Repertory Showcase 2017. This past summer, Padierna was selected to set his work “Take Ground” at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts (EMIA) summer dance intensive, where his cast was then chosen to perform at the Contemporary Dance Series presented by the Bryant Park Dance Festival in New York City. He was awarded the MSU College of the Arts Talent and Scholarship Award in May 2016 and was recently presented with the MSU Dance Education Award this past May 2017.