Popular Choice: Colin Oraskovich,
CBS 3 Duluth Morning Meteorologist
Judges’ Choice: Mel Winkler, Director of Corporate & Therapeutic Foster Care,
Northwood Children’s Services
To see who won what other awards, click on Performances/Celebrity Dance Challenge.
Thursday, April 26
5:30 – 8 p.m.
Depot Great Hall
$45 presale/$50 at door
Sample wines and craft-brewed beers, nibble on hors d’oeuvres provided by some of the area’s finest restaurants, and in the silent and live auctions bid on all sorts of merchandise, special opportunities, and gift baskets.Read More
Dan began dancing in 1992 with South Texas Dance Theatre in McAllen, Texas. As his passion grew he began to perform with many schools in the area including Rio Grande Valley Ballet, McAllen Ballet Studio, International Dance Academy and Dancentre of Edinburg. Through high school and into college, Dan focused primarily on athletics; however, he continued to find ways to take ballet classes and perform. He was awarded the Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship to attend Texas Christian University as a ballet major. In the winter of his first year, he received scholarships to train at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre, the Houston Ballet Academy, and was invited to join Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. While dancing, when he saw many friends suffer injuries and financial struggles, he returned to TCU to study mechanical engineering and mathematics.
After several years of working in the engineering field, Dan returned to the stage with Ballet Frontier [Fort Worth], where he was quickly promoted to principal dancer and was showcased in many works by Roy Tobias (Universal Ballet) and Chung-Lin Tseng. He was also invited to perform as a guest artist with Texas Ballet Theater under Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. In January 2016, Dan joined Ballet San Antonio, where he had the pleasure of dancing many featured roles including the principal male in both Gerald Arpino’s Confetti and Frederick Franklin’s Tribute.
Dan would like to thank his family and most importantly the love of his life, Carly Jean, for the continued support to pursue his passions. This is Dan’s first season with Minnesota Ballet.