Daniela Buson serves as Assistant Artistic Director for the Tulsa Ballet, following a distinguished career as a Principal dancer and Principal Guest Artist in some of the most renowned ballet companies in the world. A native of Palermo, Italy, she received her training from Maestro Jacques Beltrame. Upon graduation, she joined Maggio Danza in Florence under the direction of Evgeny Polyakov. In 1983 she joined the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Berlin, Germany, as a Soloist moving to the Northern Ballet Theater as a Principal dancer a year later. During her career as a Principal dancer and a Principal Guest Artist, she appeared with companies such as the Northern Ballet Theater and English National Ballet in England, Basel Ballet in Switzerland, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, Canada, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet West and Ballet Arizona in the US, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Italy, and Tulsa Ballet. Ms. Buson danced leading or title roles in most of the classical ballet repertory including Giselle, Don Quixote, La Sylphide, The Sleeping Beauty, Michael Smuin’s Romeo and Juliet, Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias, John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew and Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella among others. She was also featured in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Nacho Duato, Birgit Cullberg, James Kudelka, Val Caniparoli, Paul Taylor, Christopher Wheeldon, Antony Tudor, Stanton Welch and many other masters of the 20th century. She has won numerous awards for her dancing including the Leonide Massine Positano Prize.
Upon retiring from the stage, she became Ballet Mistress with Tulsa Ballet. In this role, Ms. Buson has assisted in the staging, and staged herself, the works of some of the most prestigious choreographers in the world including Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Sir Kenneth McMillan and George Balanchine in addition to staging and coaching the soloist and principals dancers of Tulsa Ballet in the classical repertory of the company. She is recognized as an exceptional, nurturing coach, having overseen the artistic and technical growth of all Tulsa Ballet’s Ballerinas since her retirement from the stage. Her ability to inspire dancers, attention to detail and knowledge of all facets of dance, from the 19th century classics to the master of the 20th and 21st century, make her a unique asset for the company and the dance world. In her private life she is married to Tulsa Ballet’s Artistic Director Marcello Angelini with whom she has 17 years old twin boys, Alessandro and Valentino.