Daniel Mantei Keene

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. In 2000 Daniel was named a 2001 Presidential Scholar for the Arts and invited to dance at the Kennedy Center. Daniel attended The Royal Ballet School during the 2001-2002 school season, performing with both The Royal and Birmingham Royal Ballets. Daniel joined American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in 2002. He joined American Ballet Theatre in April 2003 as an apprentice and became a member of the ABT's corps de ballet in April 2004. His repertory with ABT includes Thomas in La Fille mal gardée, King Card in Jeu de Cartes, a dancing gentleman in Manon, the Russian Dance in Kevin McKenzie's The Nutcracker, the Mouse King and the Russian Dance in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, Father in Prodigal Son, Paris in Romeo and Juliet, a Fairy Cavalier, the Spanish Prince and the Wolf in The Sleeping Beauty, Apollo in Sylvia, leading male roles in Antony Tudor's Continuo and Kirk Peterson's Amazed in Burning Dreams and roles in Black Tuesday, Duets, Everything Doesn't Happen at Once, Gong, Jardin aux Lilas, Raymonda Divertissements and Thirteen Diversions. In 2007 Daniel began to study with Maggie Black, working to hone a sense of naturalism and classicism. In 2007 Daniel also danced the peasant pas de deux in Giselle with the National Ballet of Canada. As a choreographer, Daniel created Armaments, Tolling Bells, and Stare Decisis on American Ballet Theatre. He has also created ballets for Columbia Ballet Collaborative, New York Theatre Ballet and The Ensemble for the Romantic Century. In 2016, Mantei was commissioned to create a pas de deux for the Seattle Symphony. In teaching, Daniel takes a holistic approach to ballet. Each part functions as an aligned and coordinated piece of the whole. Through an emphasis on awareness of alignment and coordination, Daniel aims to help dancers achieve ease of movement and expression.