Who is Danny Tidwell? Wiki, Biography, Age, Wife, Siblings, Career, Net Worth, Cause of Death

Danny Tidwell Wiki – Biography

Daniel  Tidwell was an American dancer best known for being the runner-up on Fox’s third season of So You Think You Can Dance in 2007. Tidwell began dancing as a child, at first focusing on jazz before changing to ballet while attending Kirov Academy of Ballet at the age of fifteen.


Danny Tidwell was born in Norfolk, Virginia and raised in nearby Virginia Beach. His early childhood was turbulent, and he sometimes got into trouble. Tidwell started dancing at the age of eight in an after-school program for at-risk youth.

Local dance instructor Vicky Cooke took notice of the “little bit of a kid in a straddle, trying to reach his fingers to his toes”, and after the program closed, Cooke mentioned the boy to Denise Wall. The two women decided to accept him to their studio, Denise Wall’s Dance Energy, for free. Over the next couple of years, Wall took a personal interest in Tidwell, and by the time he was ten, he was calling Wall “Mom” and her other sons (Scotty, Travis, Tyler and Shannon) his brothers.

She found out that the boy would often walk part or all of the ten miles (16 km) home after dance class, had little adult supervision outside of the studio, and, at one point, had not been registered in school for months. He lived with his biological mother and two sisters until he was ten, before moving in with Wall; she officially took custody of Tidwell when he was twelve years old.

Danny Tidwell Age

He was 35 years old.


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Dancer most famous for his appearance on the third season of the reality dancing competition So You Think You Can Dance, where he finished as the runner-up. He has performed with the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and has served as the Artistic Director of Movmnt Magazine.

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Commenting on his early days in training, he said, “I hated ballet and would skip every chance I got.” More interested in jazz as a child, the flips, turns, and chance for expression appealed to him. However, his real motivation was competition, which would prepare him for his future endeavors more than he could have known at the time. “I was a competition kid. We used to do competitions every other weekend,” he told Dance Magazine.

In his early teens, Tidwell met several outstanding young dancers, including his favorite – Rasta Thomas, and it motivated him to take his dance to a new height. He set the goal to attend the Kirov Academy of Ballet (also known as Universal Ballet Academy) in Washington, DC and, at the age of fifteen, he was invited to study at Kirov on scholarship.

It turned out to be up to that time, what he calls, “the best and the worst experience” of his life. He began receiving high-level classical ballet training with Vladimir Djouloukhadze and Anatoli Kucheruk, at first to improve his jazz dance. However, he soon found that the difficulty of ballet was the perfect outlet for his need of a constant challenge, and switched concentrations – a late start by ballet standards.

While excelling in dance, he found the environment at Kirov demanding and isolating. As summer approached, he prepared for and participated in the Shanghai International Ballet Competition and took home a silver medal (no gold was awarded that year). However, the stress of Kirov had been too much, and he quit the school after the competition.

After leaving, Tidwell got the opportunity to perform principal roles in two original shows created by Debbie Allen, including Dreams and Pearl, which he performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in front of President George W. Bush. He also had a two-month stint at the School of American Ballet, where he found both the teachers and students unaccepting and remote.

In 2002, Tidwell submitted his audition tape to participate in the prestigious, quadrennial USA International Ballet Competition (USA IBC). He was invited to compete, and went on to receive the silver medal. Unbeknownst to Tidwell, the win would launch his career.

Cause of Death

“So You Think You Can Dance” star Danny Tidwell has died. He was 35.

On Saturday, Tidwell’s brother, Travis Wall, who also serves as the dance show’s choreographer, confirmed the news in a heartbreaking post on his Instagram.

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“My heart is broken. Yesterday I lost a brother . And we all lost a gift. I’m not ready. But I never think I will be. Because I can’t believe this is real. I can’t believe you’re gone. You were more than my brother. You were my inspiration. I idolized you growing up. Wanted to dance just like you. Wanted to be you!” Wall wrote.

The touching tribute continued: “I wish I could jump in your arms again like we used to when we were kids and onstage dancing. We will all remember the joy and passion you brought to everyone you came in contact with through out your journey. A journey cut to short. You are a legend. And I love you so much Danny. Rest In Peace my brother. I can’t believe I’m even typing this . Please pray for my mom and my family during this difficult time. 💔💔💔”


A cause of death has yet to be revealed.

In a second post, Wall shared a throwback video of the siblings during their first duet onstage.

“Danny. Promise me we recreate our first duet together whenever we meet again. Watching this makes me smile. I miss you so much already. #RIP,” he captioned the clip.



Debbie Allen, who served as a judge on Tidwell’s season, paid tribute to the late dancer on Twitter.

“Danny Tidwell our beautiful dancing genius ‘Prince amongst Paupers’ you are in God’s Ensemble. We will always speak your name with love and respect. See you on the other side. Love, Mama D,” Allen wrote.



Net Worth

His Estimates Net worth is $460K USD as of 2019.


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