Daryl Brandwood was born in Perth, Australia and began his dance training at West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He joined West Australian Ballet in 1990 and was a member of the company intermittently until 2012. Daryl also danced with the Australian dance Theatre and was a soloist with The Australian Ballet Company, performing in works by William Forsythe and Jiri Kylian. He danced with Balletmet in the USA, performing with them at New York’s famous Joyce Theatre, and  also choreographed the piece’ Imposing ‘ on the company performing in Columbus, Ohio. Daryl’s career highlights include Twyla Tharp’s ‘ In the Upper Room’ Natalie Weir’s ‘‘ Where the Heart Is’ and Garry Stewart’s ‘Devolution’ for the 2006 Adelaide Festival.

Daryl has received several awards including a silver medal in the Helsinki International Ballet Competition and the 2006 Helpmann Award for best male dancer in a ballet or dance work for Chrissie Parrot’s ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’. Daryl was awarded the 2011 West Australian Dance Award and the 2012 Australia Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male dancer for his independent piece ‘Helix’ created alongside Barry Moreland.

Daryl joined Expressions Dance Company in 2012 performing in many contemporary works and was nominated for another Helpmann Award in 2016. In 2019 Daryl choreographed his piece ‘Journeying’ for mature Perth dance company Momentum. Daryl teaches, coaches and choreographs on many dance establishments throughout Perth ,and has guest taught at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

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