My name is Dan and it's great to meet you! I have been working at Peaches Dance and Music Orlando since our opening in June 2017. I'm currently the business General Manager, Jazz, Tap, Ballet instructor, as well as choreographer for several of our PDC Companies! Welcome to Peaches and I hope to see you in classes soon!
I grew up in just north of Nashville, Tennessee and began dancing at the age of 8. I started dancing after a trip backstage at my sister’s dance recital in 1994. The environment behind the scenes was electric and I wanted to somehow be able to go back again. I knew the only way I could go backstage the following year was to start classes. Little did I know it would lead to a lifelong career in the performing arts! I grew up taking classes at American Academy of Dance in Hendersonville TN where I taught and choreographed for several years before breaking out of Nashville to begin my professional career. When I turned 18, I was given the opportunity to dance with Princess Cruise lines on a replacement contract the summer between my Junior and Senior year of High school. I was hooked and worked for Princess for the next 5 years dancing in 19 shows on 6 ships. I left for a short time in 2006 to dance at The Country Tonite Show in Pigeon Forge, TN before heading back for 3 more contracts at Princess. In 2009, after completing many contracts at sea, I moved back to Pigeon Forge to perform as a vocalist and dance captain at the Black Bear Jamboree Dinner show. After spending the year in Pigeon Forge, I was ready for another change. After a whim audition for Disney, I moved to Orlando in 2010 to work as a parades and shows performer at Walt Disney World Resort. Here, I performed in Parades and Street shows such as Block Party Bash and High School Musical before joining the long time dance ensemble of Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage! at Disney's Hollywood Studios. In 2013, after 3 years at Beauty and the Beast, I moved into the role of Maintenance Choreographer at the Magic Kingdom where I worked full time teaching, staging and maintaining daily entertainment offerings at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In my years as a Maintenance Choreographer I was asked to be on the opening creative teams of Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade, Hocus Pocus Villains’ Spelltacular, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, and Mickey’s Most Merriest Christmas Celebration. I was also asked to serve as one of three maintenance choreographers on British Television’s “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway” Finale Show broadcast live from the Magic Kingdom. With the opening of Peaches Dance and Music in 2017, I shifted my focus once more. What started as a secondary job of teaching on Tuesday nights, became a full time opportunity to reside as the General Manager of Peaches Dance Orlando. In January of 2018, I was asked to rejoin the cast of Beauty and the Beast at Hollywood Studios where I continue to perform on contract 1 day a week. I also was asked to join the cast of Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire as a "sub" dancer, which for me was an exciting opportunity as I helped to create and stage the show. Peaches has become my home away from home and I love to share my passion for dance and my knowledge of the industry with our dancers. Whether as a hobby or a serious professional goal, the world of dance creates memories that last a lifetime! I love seeing those moments realized on the dancers and Peaches Dance Orlando!