First came the fire, now it’s earth and sky for rising dance talent

Linda Morris; 7/5/10

It is already a heady year for the indigenous dancer Daniel Riley McKinley. At just 24, in only his fourth year in the Bangarra Dance Theatre, he is poised to make his choreographic debut in the company’s new double bill, of earth & sky, with a tribute to his photographer cousin. And he has been nominated for the first time in the highly contested category of outstanding performance by a male dancer at the Australian Dance Awards next month. During a break from rehearsals, Riley McKinley says he was taken aback when a letter arrived saying he had been nominated. ”It’s nice to be recognised [but] I don’t class myself as being in the class or style of those other dancers nominated,” he says.