Keith McDaniel, a dancer who appeared on Broadway and in numerous films, died from complications of AIDS on Jan. 2 in Los Angeles. He was 38.
A Chicago native, McDaniel was especially noted for his mastery of modern dance technique. He toured the world as a member of the junior company of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. McDaniel also appeared in Broadway productions, including “Leader of the Pack” in 1985, staged and choreographed by Michael Peters.
A move to Los Angeles brought the dancer opportunities in film, television and musicvideos. His credits include “Beaches” (1988), “Great Balls of Fire” (1989), “Bert Rigby, You’re a Fool” (1989), “Basic Instinct” (1992), “The Tracey Ullman Show,” “Moonlighting” and several Academy Awards telecasts. In musicvideos he worked with Paula Abdul, Brenda Russell, Tina Marie and Glenn Frey, among others.
He also worked in the New York, Toronto and Los Angeles productions of “Kiss of the Spider Woman” starring Chita Rivera.
He is survived by his father, Vernon; brother, Kevin; and partner, Matt Tapscott. Family suggests donations to California AIDS Ride, 8270 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046.