Ate9 Dance Company was founded by Israeli choreographer Danielle Agami in Seattle, Washington in June 2012. After Ate9’s debut in Seattle, the company sought new venues for Agami’s work and found great potential in Los Angeles. The cast is comprised of dancers handpicked by Agami – together they are committed to the research and development of the distinct voice of Ate9. Since its inception, Ate9 was given the blessing by Ohad Naharin to use Gaga as its primary training method and to extend this art form to the various communities it visits.
Danielle Agami was born in Israel and studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance High School. She was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company from 2002-2010. Between 2007-2009, Agami served as the Artistic Director of Batsheva Dancers Create and functioned as the company's rehearsal director from 2008-2010, during which she received the Yair Shapira Prize for Excellence in Dance in 2009.
After 8 years with Batsheva, Agami relocated to New York to function as Senior Manager of Gaga U.S.A. Since arriving in the U.S., she has created original work at Rutgers University, Boston Conservatory, Springboard Montreal, Cornish College for the Arts, and more. After relocating to Seattle, Agami founded Ate9 as a discovery of her artistic voice as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. In 2012 Agami created Sally meets Stu and Sheila for Ate9. In 2013, Agami presented TacTics in L.A., Shula for the Batsheva Ensemble in Israel, This Time Tomorrow for Northwest Dance Project and Invisible Cities for The Industry Opera and L.A. Dance Project.
For years, Danielle has traveled the world as an ambassador of Ohad Naharin. Recently, she staged his work for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Atlanta, Ita Dansa/Barcelona, The Juilliard School and more. Agami and Naharin see a future of collaboration - maintaining their friendship and sharing their knowledge and art.