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Join Christopher Charles McDaniel for a Virtual Ballet Class!

Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Yorkville Nutcracker Alum


12:00 PM – 1:15PM EDT via Zoom




$10 - $15 Suggested Donation

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A 1-hour and 15-minute ballet class with DTH, Leading Dancer, Christopher Charles McDaniel. Kids from our Dances Patrelle family will get to meet and connect with other kids from around the world.

This ballet class will be consisting of barre and some center. Designed to challenge the mind and body, while encouraging confidence and pride.   


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About Dances Patrelle Online Classes:
"It is not so much upon the number of exercises, as the care with which they are done, that progress and skill depend"  ~ August Bournonville

Dances Patrelle is committed to providing affordable online arts programming to the community during COVID-19. We encourage students of all abilities and experience levels to exercise their creativity and stay connected to the arts community through our classes.

About Christopher Charles McDaniel:

Christopher Charles McDaniel hails from East Harlem, New York. He began his ballet training at the Dance Theatre of Harlem School (DTH), with Arthur Mitchell, Laveen Naidu, and a host of other teachers, at the age of 10. Christopher also trained at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, and Ballet Academy East. He's done summer intensives at the Boston Ballet and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.


Upon graduating high school, Christopher joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, at age 17. The Ensemble was the professional performing arm of DTH during the company's hiatus. Christopher toured nationally with the Ensemble from 2008 to 2010, dancing repertoire by Arthur Mitchell, Billy Wilson, and Robert Garland.


In 2008 Christopher began appearing as a guest artist with Dances Patrelle for their annual production of the Yorkville Nutcracker. He's danced the roles of, Mouse King, Russian, Spanish, and the Snow Boy. In addition to dancing in the production, Christopher has staged and coached various sections of the ballet. In 2010 he signed a contract with the Los Angeles Ballet under the direction of Colleen Neary and Thordal Christensen. Christopher danced there for five seasons. During his time with the company, he originated many leading roles in new works in addition to dancing leading roles in Balanchine and Petipa classics. Christopher simultaneously helped spearhead many outreach endeavors for the company.


In 2013 Christopher attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's (CPYB) Ballet Teacher Workshop. There he studied the CPYB syllabus with Marcia Dale Weary and Darla Hoover. He quickly became a sought after teacher in Los Angeles. He served on the faculty of Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Los Angeles Ballet School, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and appeared as a guest teacher in several other schools. He was also a company class teacher for LABallet and Lula Washington Dance Theatre. After being published in the 2013 Lemons to Lemonade, Chicken Soup for the Soul book, Christopher began doing motivational speaking, choreographing, and consulting in several schools.


In the summer of 2015, Christopher went to San Antonio, Texas to join Ballet San Antonio as a guest artist. After a successful run of Ben Stevenson's Swan Lake, Christopher joined the company as a soloist and went on to dance principal roles in works by Gerald Arpino, Willy Shives, Dominic Walsh, Frederick Franklin, and Arthur Mitchell. Most notably Christopher danced the title role in Peter Anastos's Peter Pan. During his time with Ballet San Antonio, Christopher simultaneously served on the faculty of The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas, Connally's Dance Workshop, San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, and San Antonio Ballet School.


Christopher is a recipient of the 2016/2017 School of American Ballet (SAB) National Visiting Fellows Fellowship!  During his fellowship, he consulted on diversity & inclusion for SAB and New York City Ballet, learned the School of American Ballet's Balanchine Styled syllabus, and also taught.


In fall 2017, Christopher accepted an invitation to return to the Dance Theatre of Harlem as a leading dancer for its Eastern European tour. Following the tour, Christopher signed a full-time contract with the company going on to dance principal roles in works by Darrell Grand Moultrie, Ulysses Dove, Robert Garland, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and George Balanchine. Christopher is a regular masterclass teacher on most of the company's tour stops. He has also received many favorable write-ups and reviews for his engaging teaching. Now in his third season with DTH, he is continuing to grow as a dancer, teacher, social media coordinator, and a future administrator.

Date And Time:

SAT 16 May 2020

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EDT


Zoom Web Conferencing.

Download the free Zoom App prior to class. Dances Patrelle will email all students who are registered providing instructions on how to connect to the online class. Please test sound and video on your device prior to the class time, to ensure that equipment is working properly.

What you’re saying to the audience is:

Here I am.

I’m worth looking at.

— Francis Patrelle

Photo © 2019 Grace Kathryn Landefeld / Provided by Jacobs Pillow