Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
Born in Evansville, Indiana, Daniel Mantei began his ballet training with Ceyhun Ozsoy in Duncanville, Texas. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas and spent several summers training at various schools including Houston Ballet, The Kirov Academy and Boston Ballet.
In 2000, Mantei was a guest artist with Texas Christian University’s dance department, performing Basilio in Fernando Bujones’ staging of Don Quixote, Act III. At 16, he was named a 2001 Presidential Scholar for the Arts and invited to dance variations from Las Fille Mal Gardée and Don Quixote at the Kennedy Center. Mantei attended The Royal Ballet School during the 2001-2002 school season, performing with both The Royal and Birmingham Royal Ballets.
Mantei joined ABT’s Studio Company (now ABT II) in 2002. He joined the main Company in April 2003 as an apprentice and became a member of the Company’s corps de ballet in April 2004. His repertory with the Company includes the King Card in Jeu de Cartes, a dancing gentleman in Manon, the Russian Dance in The Nutcracker, leading male roles in Antony Tudor’s Continuo and Kirk Peterson’s Amazed in Burning Dreams and roles in Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once and Jardin aux Lilas.
- American Ballet Theatre