Faculty: David Kieffer

David Kieffer

David has had an extensive and diverse career as a teacher, choreographer and dancer. He has taught at dozens of studios in the tri-state area and has trained students of all ages, from pre-school to the university level. Previously, David was on the faculty at CAP 21 as part of New York University’s musical theatre program and was a teacher at Peridance Center in New York City. He brings with him a comprehensive understanding of the professional and competitive dance world, along with an enthusiasm for empowering young dancers.

Mr. Kieffer has been the owner and director of The Dance Connection since 2007. He is the founder of the Danceletes; a team that trains as dancers and athletes. He has developed corresponding Dancelete training techniques that create powerful and skillful performers. The team has won multiple awards and high scores.

Mr. Kieffer has performed domestically and internationally with companies, such as Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre, Peridance Ensemble, Bat-Dor Dance Company of Israel, The Israeli Opera, Noemi Lafrance, New Jersey Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Scranton and Ballet for Young Audiences. In 2001 he appeared in the feature film Center Stage. In 2004 he founded his own dance company David Kieffer Dance Theatre which he directed for three years before moving to New Jersey.

Mr. David Kieffer has received critical acclaim for his dancing and choreography. Tim Martin of Dance Europe wrote that David’s work “engaged the eye and engaged the mind”. Roslyn Sulcas of The New York Times has praised David Kieffer as both a dancer and a choreographer saying, “Mr. Kieffer has an extraordinary ability to move with pantherlike smoothness from low rolls and crouches to sudden levitating jumps” and Mr. Kieffer’s choreography “… skillfully juxtaposes fast athletic partnering and slow isolated meditative states to evoke emotion and atmosphere from little more than two bodies in space.”

Mr. David Kieffer earned a degree in Theatre Arts from the State University of New York at New Paltz and received ballet training from Boston Ballet, Igal Perry, Graciela Kozak and Joseph Albano. He currently studies performance psychology and expert performance systems. Dance has been Mr. Kieffer’s life’s work— “I believe that learning to dance means ultimately discovering more about ourselves.”