Daniel graduated from Millennium Dance 2000 in July 2005. Prior to this Daniel attended The Dance School of Scotland.
Daniel has appeared in The Royal Opera House production, Maskerade, as well as soloist in Matthew Hart’s Solo, and featured dancer in Adam Cooper’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Japan 2004. He has also presented workshops with Arc Dance Company, in association with London Contemporary Dance Theatre.
Daniel joined Scottish Ballet in 2005 and was promoted to Coryphée in 2009. He has danced in Page’s The Nutcracker (Fritz), Cinderella, Room of Cooks, Fearful Symmetries, The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird), Pennies From Heaven and Cheating, Lying, Stealing, Pastor’s In Light And Shadow and Romeo and Juliet, Darrell’s Othello (Cassio), Forsythe’s Artifact Suite and Workwithinwork, Balanchine's Rubies, Brown’s For MG: The Movie, Petronio’s Ride The Beast, Dean’s Träume, Spink's Petrushka (Petrushka), Alston's Carmen (Don José), Caniparoli's Still Life, Liburd's From Where, Jorma Elo's Kings 2 Ends, Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth, Meckler/Lopez Ochoa's A Streetcar Named Desire (The Lover), Martin Lawrance’s Run For It, Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling, Christopher Bruce’s Shift, Twyla Tharp’s The Fugue, Sophie Laplane’s Oxymore, Glen Tetley’s Pierrot Lunaire, Peter Darrell’s Five Rückert Songs, Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations and Christopher Hampson’s Hansel & Gretel.
Why did you become a dancer?
I started dancing at the age of five. My parents noticed I had a lot of energy and was always dancing and singing along to my cassettes and CDs. They originally took me along to a small kids drama group that I loved, but apparently it didn't use up enough of my energy so my mum suggested I try a ballet class that was being held in the church around the corner from our house. I instantly loved it.My teacher noticed I had potential so encouraged my parents to take me along to auditions for small shows and pantomimes. I was successful and performed in a few theatres. From then on, I was hooked!
.Dance Europe, July 2014 – As Mercutio, Daniel Davidson was outstanding. He was both funny and tremendous as a dancer - it was good to hear the audience laugh out loud a number of times.
DOUBLE BILL AT SADLER’S WELLS
MacMillan’s Song of the Earth
.Hampstead and Highgate Express, 10 November 2011 – The young dancers of the company performed each exiguous section with great commitment and intensity, Victor Zarallo most notable as the Messenger of Death, together with soloists Christopher Harrison, Tomomi Sato, Eva Lombardo, Luciana Ravizzi and Daniel Davidson.
US TOUR 2011
Elo's Kings 2 Ends
. LA Times, 15 October 2011 - The two notable couples were Sophie Martin paired with Daniel Davidson and Owen Thorne with Eve Mutso (whose quirky opening solo was another high point).
.The Times, 21 April 2009 – For his first cast, Alston bypassed the principal ranks in favour of less tested dancers, who reward his faith with outstanding performances. Daniel Davidson’s Don José is a sweet boy, prone to overwhelming emotional impulses and easily outwitted by Carmen, a mismatch well realised in their duets.
.The Daily Telegraph, 17 April 2009 – Daniel Davidson is an aptly guileless Don José, tender with Forioso’s Carmen but also making much of José’s spiraling paroxysms of jealousy.
.The Herald, 17 April 2009, 4* – Davidson’s ability to make him [José] touchingly vulnerable brings emotional depth to the fatal triangle.
.The Herald, 17 April 2009, 4* –These three young artists [Forioso, Davidson and Smith] – none of them principals – shine like future stars melding thrillingly assured dancing with thoughtfully dramatic characterisation
.The Inverness Courier, 12 May 2009 –Along with their technical skills, the principals also did well to capture the emotions of the tragic love story, especially Edinburgh dancer Daniel Davidson’s youthful and naïve Don José… his performance ensured there were a few moist eyes as the tale reached its final conclusion.
.The Stage, 29 April 2009 – The key pairing of ballet are excellently cast, with Daniel Davidson a willowy and all-too-easily led Don José and Martina Forioso’s Carmen positively predatory in her sexuality.
.jenniemacfie.wordpress.com, 17th May 2009 - Sophie Martin as Carmen was beautifully partnered by the assured, passionate dancing of Daniel Davidson as Don José and the imposing presence of William Smith as Escamillo.
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY 2008-2009
.Turriff Advertiser Series, 06 Feb 2009 – I can certainly see Daniel Davidson and William Smith moving up the ranks as their performances as guardian princes and solo spots at the end were particularly eye-catching.
.Ballet.co.uk - Daniel Davidson will prove to be a very fine and stylish dancer.
There are certain roles you yearn to play as a performer.
For Edinburgh’s Daniel Davidson, it has been his dream for the best part of a decade to play the cheeky Mercutio from Romeo and Juliet.
This is the 29-year-old’s third stint in Scottish Ballet’s tour of Romeo and Juliet, but it will be the first time he has stepped into the shoes of his favourite character following an eight-year wait, as the final series of performances kick off in the capital tonight.
“I was not long at the company and I was desperate to dance Mercutio so I learned it that year, but didn’t get to play it.
“In the second tour, I got injured just before the tour so I didn’t dance anything in the end, so this year was finally my chance.
“Mercutio is definitely a career highlight, especially because I have been waiting so long to do it.”
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