When he was 14, Daniel Kok (aka diskodanny) wanted to be a choreographer like Paula Abdul. And at one point, he had watched Dirty Dancing so many times (23 to be exact) he could repeat the moves of Swayze and Grey and recite their dialogue.
But destiny has brought him down a somewhat different path. Daniel Kok read BA (Honours) Fine Art & Critical Theory at Goldsmiths College (London) and has a Certificate in Choreography from the Laban Centre. In 2008, he was the laureate of the Young Artist Award from National Arts Council (Singapore).
His creation "Q&A", commissioned by Singapore Arts Festival in 2009, has also performed in Edinburgh, Lisbon, Hong Kong, Berlin, Vienna, Bangkok, Yokohama and Seoul. "The Gay Romeo" has performed in Berlin, Ljubljana and was top 3 shows by jury nomination at the Emerging Artist platform at Festival/Tokyo2012. His productions “Hokkaido” (2010) and “The Cheerleader” (2012) were commissioned by the Esplanade in Singapore.
An avid pole dancer, he won the SG Pole Challenge 2012 and will represent Singapore at the Finals of the International Pole Championships 2013. His contemporary pole dance creation was presented in the framework of “X-Choreografen” (2012) in the Tanz Im August / TanzNacht festivals in Berlin.
In 2012, Daniel received an MA (Distinction) in Solo/Dance/Authorship (SODA) at the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT, Berlin). He is currently working on his new research project on cheerleading and audienceship in the Advanced Performance and Scenographic Studies program (APASS) in Brussels.
Has diskodanny strayed from the dreams of his early years? Will the future bring him back to Paula Abdul and Patrick Swayze?