Well-known professional choreographer, dancer and instructor, Danny K of Lancaster's Studio 81 has an entertaining Facebook Page.
Antelope Valley, Lancaster, Palmdale, CA -- Dance lessons specializing in ballroom, latin, quinceanera, west coast swing, cotillion, salsa and bachata, Danny also choreographs wedding and event performances for his clients.
Whatever the event, Danny likes to get everybody dancing. And instructs them to look professional.
Wedding couple's first dance, father-daughter dance, and even a "show" from the wedding party really sparks up an event, according to Danny.
His website even has a panel that reads, "Make Your Event the Talk of the Town."
Danny K made his dancing debut at the age of 8 and won 1st place in a talent show at age 11. Since that early start, Danny has studied many dance styles.
Along with teaching many dance styles, Danny is also an experienced Master of Ceremonies and is available to emcee any event of your choice. He is currently a speaker and Master of Ceremonies for the Antelope Valley Service Organization Association.
A former Wally Raye “highlighter”, entertaining in numerous dance productions and benefit performances mostly as a tap dancer. His most memorable day was when he had the chance to share a dressing room with his idol Cab Calloway and being his opening act.
Danny studied with many great legends and performers; Madame Roje and her famous castanets in the Legat system of the Russian Ballet, E. Virginia Williams founder of the Boston Ballet Company, and acrobatic training with former Vaudeville performers John and Lola Daly of Charlestown, Massachusetts, just to name a few.
Danny K became a partner at the Gene Murray Dance Academy in Salem, Massachusetts while studying advanced Tap at the June Taylor School of Dance; home of the Rockettes and dancers of the Jackie Gleason Television Show. At the same time he was taking Jazz classes at the Luigi Dance Centre in New York City.
While studying in New York City, Danny met the famous theatrical photographer James J. Kriegsmann and the dance team of “Murray and Ayres” was created. Ayres was Danny K’s stage name. "Murray and Ayres" performed at many well-known supper clubs in the country. There are many fond memories of fun both Gene and Danny share today. Gene Murray, after closing his Dance Academy after 35 years, is now on the faculty of the renowned Boston Ballet Company.
Next, the independent world of the Arthur Murray Dance Studios entered Danny’s life, where he received Ballroom, Latin, and Teacher Training. Danny had the opportunity to work with Julius Kaiser, Bobby Medeiros, Vicki Venka, and Carlos Rosario to name a few. He also had the pleasure of working for Fred Astaire Dance Studios while he was living in Austin, Texas.
|Gene Murray and Danny K as "Murray and Ayres"|
He travelled across the United States, teaching and giving dance lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studios in Boston, Milwaukee, and Salt Lake City, entering the organization’s Medal Balls, Showcases, and Dance O’Ramas. He became a number one specialist teacher and won several top teacher awards including top instructor in “The Tournament of Champions.”
California here I come!
Upon arriving at the Arthur Murray Dance School in San Jose, California, Danny met Bill and Floy Ranells. They introduced Danny to Dance Holiday Cruises, which gave him an opportunity to work on his social dancing skills. He travelled to places like Victoria, British Columbia, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, the Grand Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, and on a European Dance Holiday Cruise to Germany, Austria, Italy, and Greece, ending with a magical journey to the Greek Islands. Danny was also giving dance lessons onboard shop. He then went on to manage the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Fresno, California.
Under his management, the Fresno Dance Studio was one of the top three in California, mainly due to Danny's easy-to-understand dance lessons.
Currently Danny’s private and group dance lessons are taught at Lancaster, California's Dance Studio 81. Danny will travel SoCal to give dance lessons or event advise. He now teaches using the DVIDA Dance Syllabus, recently completed the preliminary Certification from the Golden State Dance Teachers Association (GSDTA) with Skippy Blair, and will be completing training for LaBlast, Louis Van Amstel’s partner free dance fitness program. LaBlast will be offered by Danny K beginning in September.