Danika Bielek began dancing in a modern dance class at Phoenix Community College when enrolled as a visual art major. Very quickly her creative energies had shifted into the moving arts and changed her major. She graduated from Arizona State University with a B.F.A. cum laude in Dance Performance/Choreography as a scholarship recipient (Young Choreographer Award). While at ASU, she benefited from training and performing with significant instructors, companies and choreographers such as modern dance pioneer Daniel Nagrin, Kee-Juan Han (Indianapolis & Boston Ballet), Madame Xenia Christova (Kirov Ballet), Bebe Miller (Bebe Miller Company), Joe Goode Performance Group, “Uncle” CK Ganyo (Ganyo & Dancers), Marion Kirk-Jones (Horton Dance Company), and Cliff Keuter (Paul Taylor Dance Company). Throughout her training at ASU, Ms. Bielek studied at The Phoenix School of Ballet and at Ballet Arizona. She continues her dance professional development by “studio hopping” in NYC, networking with other dance professionals, taking summer classes at Ballet Arizona, and attending a wide range of workshops in all dance styles nation-wide.
Ms. Bielek began her performance career with Phoenix, Arizona's oldest modern dance company, Desert Dance Theater. Additional performances include dancing works by Kelly Roth, Bill Evans, Cleo Parker Robinson, Peak Ballet, and Rosangela Silvestre, founder of the exquisite Silvestre Technique (Brazil). Later, she performed as a modern dancer soloist with classical and jazz musicians. As a choreographer she has choreographed directed student dance companies, founded her own modern company, Composite Dance (Colorado), has guest choreographed for contemporary companies, ballet companies, and multiple musicals and operas. Commercial choreography credits include choreographing the Heart Ball event for the American Heart Association and being a featured choreographer on the PBS’s series Dance Horizons.
Teaching has been one of Ms. Bielek's greatest interests, and is honored to have over 20+ years working as a dance educator. She teaches contemporary and classical modern dance techniques (specializing in classical modern techniques of Horton, Limón, Taylor-Style, Graham, and Dunham), ballet/pointe, men’s ballet technique, jazz dance, dance for musical theatre, movement improvisation, dance history and specializes in choreographic instruction. She has taught students from beginners through pre-professionals of all ages. One memorable instructional experience was enhancing Olympic Athletes’ training through dance technique (Colorado Springs, CO). Most recently, she has been in training under the Dance for PD (Parkinson's Disease) program with the Mark Morris Dance Center (Brooklyn, NY) and founded the Rhythm Connections for PD of Central Kansas. She has taught dance as a form of therapy for many purposes- whether it be maintaining a mind-to-body connection in aging adults or building self-confidence in abused children.
Past positions held include Dance Department Chair at Pikes Peak Community College (Colorado Springs, CO), Executive Director and Dance Director of the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts (Newton, KS), dance instructor at ArtisTree Dance Studio (Hutchinson, KS) and is one of the rehearsal directors for the Prairie Nutcracker.
Ms. Bielek is excited to work with dance students at Barton Community College as the Performing Arts Dance Instructor/Coordinator. Duties of her newly developed position include program development, directing the student dance company Barton Dance Theatre, developing the Dancing for Mobility program, choreographing musicals for the Theatre Department and, doing what she loves most, teaching dance!