Daniel Mendez, originally from Sarasota, Florida, began dancing at age 7 where he trained in styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary. As a competitive dancer, Daniel has won many regional and national titles. He had the opportunity to attend Manatee School for the Arts where he was exposed to hip hop and ballroom styles. There, he joined the dance team “The MSA Heat” where they placed 2nd in the nation at the NDA national high school competition.
At the start of high school, Daniel began training at Soul Studios under the direction of Jamie Davis. He became heavily involved in the convention circuit of the dance world where he was recognized with many scholarships and performance opportunities. In 2016, Daniel became a True Performer for Intrigue and ultimately was chosen as an Assistant for the 2017-2018 season. As an Assistant, Daniel got to travel across to many cities training under Intrigue Faculty, choreographing assistant pieces, and aiding in the creation of the assistant show “Boundless.” Since then, he has been able to teach at several of Intrigue’s Creative Sessions, as well as the Virtual Conventions.
Some of Daniel’s other accomplishments include being a company member of Immabeast and Academy of Villains. Daniel Attended Diane Partignton’s Studio of Classical Ballet where he performed in The Nutcracker and Coppelia. He has attended many intensives including the Hubbard Street Dance Winter Intensive. Daniel was accepted into many secondary programs like Pace Commercial Dance, Point Park, Boston Conservatory of the Arts, and Alonzo King Lines Ballet Training Program. However, he chose to continue his training at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over the last few years, Daniel has been able to teach at many studios across the country and hopes to continue growing as a performer, choreographer, and teacher.