Born and raised in Tampa, FL, Danielle Dominguez has trained for over 20 years in the styles of contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and ballet. She quickly found her love and passion for teaching and has been molding young dancers and choreographing since the age of 16. Some might know Danielle from season 9 of SYTYCD as the “bacon girl” with her unique style of dancing; however, many people can recognize her elsewhere. Under the instruction of Travis wall, one of Danielle’s proudest accomplishments include being cast for a part in, “Step Up 4” the movie, as contemporary dancer Vera Williams where she danced along side some of the best dancers in the commercial world including, Nick Lazzarini, Billy Bell, Teddy Forance, and Kathryn McCormick. Other credits include dancing for Booty Firm with Mark Ballas (DWTS), Choreographing and dancing in Set It Off’s Music Video, “Ancient History”, Joshua Cruz’s Music Video, “Shutting it Down”, MAC Cosmetics, Publix, Kash n’ Karry, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Nickelodeon, and Disney. While finding time in her schedule to pursue other dance opportunities, Danielle is apart of the faculty at The Tampa Modern Dance Company as well as The Urban Dance Experience Convention and devotes her time to teaching and choreographing for her home studio, Centerstage Dance Academy in Tampa, FL in addition to other studios around the country.
In Focus: Danielle Dominguez
Why do you dance?
“To be put simply- I dance because it makes me happy. It’s both a creative outlet and exercise. ”
Who would you say is your inspiration?
“I’m inspired mostly by my kids that I teach. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the improvement and growth in them. The best thing is to see them finally ‘get it’.”
What is your dream job?
“I of course want to grow and expand with my own personal goals, but I am so thankful to be living the life I am right now. Teaching and choreographing for various studios around the country and some music artists as well! Look out for Set It Off’s new music video “Ancient History” coming out soon on MTV!”
How would you best describe your style?
“I don’t like putting labels on my style usually. I’ll hear a song and just move! If I had to put a name to my style it would be contemporary or contemp-hop.”
What some advice you would give young dancers about the industry?
“Don’t limit yourself. Don’t get discouraged when you don’t succeed or book a job. Get back at it! A lot of the time it’s because you don’t look the part- not your dancing ability. On that note- make yourself bookable! Do your homework to look the part and train hard to be able to be the best you can be. Take class. – all kinds of class… As a dancer AND as a teacher. I strongly believe that no one should be teaching if they aren’t taking class as well. Open your mind and make yourself a teacher and choreographer that GROWS.”