Danielle Pierce-Master, “Clare and Ryan’s Mom,” loves all things movement and dance. She has an MA in Dance Education from New York University and a BA in English from Fordham University. She also trained in Brain Compatible Dance Education practices at the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers at the Creative Dance Center in Seattle. Danielle has taught creative dance at The Spence School and Steps on Broadway, both in New York City.

Danielle performed throughout the NYC metro area as a member of the Tap Olé Dance Company and Dance Visions New York, in addition to works by Belinda Sáenz and Alfdaniels Mabingo. She presented her choreography at Donation Dance NYC, Amalgamate Dance Company Showcase and Greenspace’s Fertile Ground. As an NYU student, Danielle had the opportunity to travel to Kampala, Uganda to participate in an exchange program, where she got to learn local dances and to teach modern dance to children.

Ms. Master has presented her work at the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and Dance and the Child International (daCi) Conferences. Beyond her practice as a Dance Educator, Danielle is licensed to teach Zumba ® Fitness for children and adults and is certified to teach Pilates Mat and Apparatus through the Pilates Academy International.

Articles by Danielle

Fascinating History of Ballet in a Timeline – Just the Facts!!

Ballet has a fascinating history of storytelling and spectacle. With early roots in France and Italy, the artform evolved as it spread to England, Russia and the United States. Each of these countries put their own stamp on the artform as different cultural and musical influences converged on choreography and style.  

The Best Guide to Different Productions of The Nutcracker Ballet

By Danielle Pierce-Master, MA Dance / Edited by Samantha Bellerose, B.Ed, Dip.Dance(Performing Arts) Thinking about Christmas in the dance world means that the season of The Nutcracker Ballet is upon us. The Nutcracker Ballet is the lifeblood of many ballet companies, with revenues from the holiday hit sustaining the company’s finances for the rest of the year. For audiences,…

How to Develop the Habit of Self Reflection in Your Dancer

The ability to self-reflect and acknowledge strengths and weaknesses is an important skill for dancers. Self-reflection is a highly transferable skill that people with dance backgrounds can apply in their other pursuits. Just like dance techniques, self-reflection takes practice and is a continuous process. Self-reflection in dance is crucial for learning. Self-reflection is the practice…

Why Dancing is Beneficial for Kids | What Parents Need to Know

Dance classes are opportunities for fun, friends, and exercise, but the benefits of studying dance go much further. Dance, as an art form, comes with the benefits of studying art as well as the benefits of participating in athletics. For parents looking for the benefits of a happy and healthy child, dance is one activity…

The Ultimate Guide to the Nutcracker Ballet

The Nutcracker is a ballet that has become a holiday tradition, with a variety of stage productions and screen adaptations. This is your map of the plot, characters, music, costumes, and history of The Nutcracker. The ballet itself is delightful on its own, but I’ve done some dramaturgy (or “dancerturgy,”) for you so you can…

What All Dance & Ballet Teachers Need -Gift List Written by a Teacher!

Being a dance teacher is a demanding and rewarding job. The greatest gift is seeing a student fall in love with dance and grow in their learning. If you’re looking to show some appreciation to your child’s dance teacher or there is a dance teacher in your life, there are many ways that you can…

11 Reasons Why You Should Sign Your Toddler Up for Summer Dance Class

Your toddler loves to dance, but it is summer break and most dance studios are only offering dance camps or intensives or shorter dance programs just for the summer and so you are wondering if it is worth signing your two, three, or four year old up for summer dance classes. Well, I am here…