Daniel Riley

With Bangarra Since:
Family Background:
Daniel is an Indigenous man from the Wiradjuri nation, whose bloodlines trace back to Wellington and Dubbo of Western New South Wales.

Since graduating from Queensland University of Technology in 2006, Daniel has danced for Leigh Warren & Dancers, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre UK and New Movement Collective UK. He has been nominated for Best Male Dancer at the Australian Dance Awards (2010, 2013) and for Deadly Dancer of The Year at The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Deadly Awards (2010, 2012 & 2013). Daniel’s film credits include Dan Sultan's music video for "Under Your Skin" and Stephen Page's SPEAR (2016), where he made his film debut as well as working as Director’s Attachment.


His choreographic credits include QL2 Youth Dance Company (2013), Queensland University of Technology (2013), Third Row Dance Company UK (2014), Louisville Ballet USA (2015) and Sydney Dance Company (2015). Dark Emu is Daniel’s fourth work for Bangarra, following Miyagan (2016), Scar as part of Blak (2013) and Riley (2010). 


"Dancing and performing let me feel connected to stories on a deeper, physical level. I feel as though telling stories through the use of movement helps me gain a deeper understanding and to feel apart of it. It is such a raw form of expression, and is an important part of Indigenous storytelling." - Daniel Riley

“Riley is brilliant as Macquarie, wrapping and throwing himself around a long banquet table, tracing his character’s journey with startling force”

Daily Review