He is the founder, Artistic Director and Choreographer of Douglas Nierras Powerdance. Creatively involved in Dance over three decades. His present choreographic and teaching style is the distillation of influences from the various companies he became a part of it, as well as academic training in dance pedagogy, both here and abroad.
He is the NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) “1998 Pasasalamat ng Bayan sa Sayaw Awardee” for modern dance and recipient of the “Gawad Alab ng Haraya 2001” award for Outstanding Choreography in Dance.
In January 30, 1999, He became the Grand Prix Winner at the “10th Saitama Int’l Creative Dance Concource 1999-2000”. This is the first and the only international Grand Prix honor for creative contemporary choreography won by a Filipino in its entire dance history. Dubbed by noted art critic, Marge Enriquez as “ One of the country’s most important choreographers of the century”, no less than National Artist for Dance Leonor Orosa Goquinco has called him, “The Quintessential Choreographer”.
Douglas Nierras was voted Aliw Awards Best Choreographer while Powerdance was elevated to the 2004 Hall of Fame of the Aliw Awards as best Pop/Jazz Contemporary Dance Group for having won the award three years in a r0w, 2001,2002,2003.
Furthermore, he gained the respect of the public sector when he received the “Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan sa Sayaw” award during the Araw ng Maynila celebration in June 22, 2005.
Douglas directs for stage and television, teaches movement for stage, choreography and performance for actors, singers and dancers, live action direction for TV commercials, and coaching for entries to international competitions.
Surely, it is priceless to embark on a noble resolve which has no other desire but to educate the mind, the temporal body and the everlasting soul. True to the calling of being a teacher, the much -awaited Douglas Nierras Choreography Clinic was held last March 2008 after eight years, offering an intensive approach to teaching the making of dance derived from the Douglas Nierras Powerdance pedagogy.
Douglas Nierras has continuously strived to reach out to the general public, with workshops, lecture, demonstrations, outreach concerts, choreography clinics, and faculty and student cultural enrichment seminars.
Notwithstanding the varied awards and responsibilities, he undertakes in his various capacities as Artistic Director for his company.
Douglas consider himself to be, importantly and simply a TEACHER.