My selects

ACHINTA S. MCDANIEL

SPECIALTY ACT

MSA |

Videos

Bio

Choreographer, Achinta S. McDaniel excels in bringing a multitude of contemporary Indian dance styles to film, television, commercials and music. Her choreography credits include such TV shows as The New Girl and Speechless with Minnie Driver, multiple commercials including Madden NFL, Heineken for Director Todd Haynes and Snapple. She has worked with music artists Timbaland, Sunny Leone, and Anupam Kher. She also designs Bollywood and Bhangra live stage productions for Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Achinta is a pioneer of contemporary Indian dance in the United States, and the industry’s top Bollywood instructor. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the country’s first contemporary Indian dance ensemble, Blue13 Dance Company, which tours internationally. A first generation born South Asian American dance maker renowned for her passion to create dance works that challenge “Americanness,” McDaniel’s aesthetic is fueled by the rhythms and drama of classical and contemporary Indian art, and rooted in disciplines of contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap dance. She is a New York University graduate, and studied classical Indian Kathak under guru Maya Rao in Bangalore, India. McDaniel’s work is a reflection of her upbringing, eastern and western, rebellious, and unconventional, traversing hierarchical and dividing lines of commercial dance, concert dance, and pedagogy.

Resume

TELEVISION AND MEDIA
America’s Got Talent
Choreographer
NBC
The New Girl “Big Mama P”
Choreographer/Dancer
FOX - Dir. Erin O'Malley
The New Girl “Goosebumps Walkaway”
Choreographer
FOX - Dir. Trent O'Donnell
The New Girl “Operation: Bobcat”
Choreographer
FOX - Dir. Steve Welch
Speechless “Golden Ticket”
Choreographer
ABC - Dir. Bill Purple
Speechless “Thanksgiving”
Choreographer
ABC - Dir. Claire Scanlon
Speechless “The Hustle”
Choreographer
ABC - Dir. Rob Cohen
Speechless “Special Boy Time”
Choreographer
ABC - Dir. Rob Cohen
Single Parents “Doctor Biscuits”
Choreographer
ABC - Dir. Maggie Carey
Single Parents “Guinea Pig”
Choreographer
ABC - Dir. Erin O'Malley
Squad Wars-Try Guys: Million Dollar Listing
Choreographer/Judge
Buzzfeed - YouTube Red
The Amazing Race
Choreographer
CBS
Americans Try Bollywood Dancing
Choreographer/Special Guest
Buzzfeed - Dir. Michelle Khare
The Doctors
Choreographer/Special Guest
CBS
Parental Control
Choreographer
MTV
Live with Kavita Krishnamurthy
Choreographer/Dancer
Sony TV International
Matilda & the Ramsay Bunch
Choreographer/Special Guest
BBC
Culture Clash Weddings
Choreographer/Special Guest
WE
Soap Talk with Lisa Rinna
Choreographer/Special Guest
SoapNet
MUSIC VIDEOS
DJ Snake feat. Lauv “A Different Way”
Choreographer/Dancer
Colin Tilley - Boy in the Castle
The Strokes “Threat of Joy”
Choreographer/Dancer
Warren Fu - Partizan
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan “Dhadkane”
Choreographer
Justine Raczkiewicz
Jassi Jasbir “Mehndi”
Choreographer/Dancer
Earl S. McDaniel III
COMMERCIAL
Madden 16
Choreographer/Dancer
Dir. Wayne McClammy - Hungry Man
Heineken
Choreographer/Dancer
Dir. Todd Haynes - Moxie Pictures
Snapple
Choreographer
Dir. Tim Skousen - Moxie Pictures
Vonage
Choreographer/Consultant
Dir. Clay Weiner - Biscuit Filmworks
Bounty Paper Towels
Choreographer/Dancer
Dir, Andrew Tucci – Brainwash HQ
Virgin Mobile
Choreographer
Dir. Martin Granger - Moxie Pictures
Samsung
Choreography Consultant
Dir. Marco Spier - Psyop
FILM
I am Singh
Choreographer for U.S
Puneet Isaar
Perfect Mismatch
Choreographer
Ajmal Ahmad
Shut Up and Shoot
Choreographer
Silvio Pollo
CORPORATE
Bollywood Beats, Annual 2019+
Artistic Director/Choreographer
Walt Disney World
Festival of Holidays, Annual 2016+
Artistic Director/Choreographer
Disney’s California Adventure
Timbaland’s Bollydolls
Choreographer
Illy, Art Basel, Miami
“Thriller” & Bollywood Halloween
Choreographer/Instructor
Google
Diwali
Choreographer/Instructor
Dreamworks
LAX Presents...
Artistic Director/Choreographer
Grand Performances - LAX
TOURS/CONCERTS
Fez-Queen of Cities World Premiere/Tour
Choreographer
Morocco, Paris, New York, LA
Terpsichore in Ghungroos World Premiere
Artistic Director/Choreographer
Wallis Annenberg Center LA
Fire and Powder North American Tour - Blue13 Dance Company
Artistic Director/Choreographer
Canada, California, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio
Moves After Dark Commission
Choreographer
The Music Center LA
Byrd Call Orkestra
Choreographer
India Tour
Pageant of the Masters
Choreographer
Laguna Dance Festival - Jodie Gates
National Dance Day with Nigel Lythgoe
Choreographer/Dancer
Dizzy Feet - The Music Center LA
Shine the Light - Residency
Artistic Director/Choreographer
Grand Park LA
Blue13 Dance Company- Multiple World Premieres
Artistic Director/Choreographer
Ford Theatres Hollywood
Bollywood Delicious - Blue13 Dance Company
Artistic Director/Choreographer
Cal Poly Arts
Western Arts Alliance Juried Showcase
Artistic Director/Choreographer
Broadway Performance Hall Seattle
APAP Curated Showcase
Artistic Director/Choreographer
Peridance New York
Los Angeles Dance Festival
Artistic Director/Choreographer
Diavolo
Booking Dance Festival
Artistic Director/Choreographer
Jazz at Lincoln Center New York
Northern Alberta Children’s Festival
Artistic Director/Choreographer
Alberta, Canada
Blue13 Dance Company
Artistic Director/Choreographer
The Getty Center LA
Blue13 Dance Company
Artistic Director/Choreographer
Skirball Center LA
INSTRUCTION
USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
Professor - Bollywood, Kathak, Contemporary
Hello Bello (Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard Brand)
Instructor - Bollywood, Bhangra
Camp Hello Bello YouTube/Instagram
Sunny Leone
Instructor/Choreographer - Bollywood
Lauren Gottlieb
Instructor/Choreographer - Bollywood
The Music Center
Master Teacher - Bollywood, Kathak, Dance Crazes
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Master Teacher - Contemporary Indian, Bollywood
EDGE Performing Arts Center
Instructor - Bollywood, Bhangra
Debbie Reynolds Studio
Instructor - Bollywood, Bhangra
Young Peoples’ Ballet Theater
Instructor/Choreographer - Bollywood
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Master Teacher - Bollywood, Contemporary
Occidental College
Master Teacher - Bollywood, Bhangra
Pierce College
Instructor/Choreographer - Bollywood
Dance on Broad Festival Memphis, TN
Master Teacher - Bollywood, Bhangra

Images

  • Follow ACHINTA