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Daniel's choreography for film include "Valentine, "Gravity" and "Rites of Spring" as well as contributing and appearing in a Carpenter's video when videos were still very new. He went on to work on many videos as a choreographer and later as a director for such artists as: The Divinyls, Sheila E., Joe Jackson and on a special benefit event with Madonna and Sandra Bernhard which also included the B52's at the Brooklyn Academy of Music "Don't Bungle the Jungle." Internationally, Mr. Catanach created choreography for CBS Records, France National tour of the film "Dancing Machine" which starred Patrick Dupond. His writing credits include off Broadway musicals and film scripts: Billy the Kid, IS, Robyn and Roadie's Super Holiday World, A Country of Children and Did I Do It?
He was first introduced to dance when he moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico to pursue a prelaw degree at New Mexico State University. He went on an exchange program to California State University Chico where he studied with Harold Lang and was awarded scholarships to the Lichine Ballet Academy in Beverly Hills, California, School of American Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City. He was a principal dancer and soloist for Kansas City Ballet where he was critically praised for his portrayal of "The Prodigal" in George Balanchine's " The Prodigal Son" and referred to as "The company's best dancer" by Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times for his interpretation of "The Gigolo" in Todd Bolender's "Souvenirs." He was also a principal dancer with the Armitage Ballet, the Garden State Ballet, Connecticut Ballet Theatre, Santa Fe Dance Ensemble, Santa Fe Repertory Theatre, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, among others.
Mr. Catanach currently serves on the faculties of Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. Mr. Catanach continues to create work and teach for dance organizations throughout the North and Central Americas.