Daniel Montero Real was born in Santander, Spain and grew up with one dream: to become a ballet dancer. From 2009 to 2010, Daniel studied at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Mariemma in Madrid, after which he continued his education at the Dutch National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam. After graduating there in 2013, he was accepted into the Junior Company of the Dutch National Ballet. In 2014, he joined Dutch National Ballet as an élève, joining the corps de ballet one year later. In 2018, Daniel was promoted to coryphée. His promotion to grand sujet followed in 2020.
During his dance career with the Dutch National Ballet, he has had the opportunity to perform several solo roles in full-length ballet classics, including Frits in The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, the Pas de Quatre in The Sleeping Beauty, the Pas de Six in Swan Lake and Nino in Coppelia. He has also appeared in ballets by leading contemporary choreographers, with Hans van Manen's Déjà Vu pas de deux and Solo being personal highlights for Daniel. He also danced the national première of Eric Gauthier’s solo Ballet 101. A show piece he danced throughout Europe in places such as London’s Royal Opera House, Venice’s famous La Fenice theater and at the Terre des Hommes NL’ 50th anniversary gala. He was named ambassador of such organisation from 2016 till 2020.
In addition to being a dancer, Daniel is also active as a singer-songwriter. He sang at the WarChild Gala at AFAS LIVE in 2019 and at the Spanish Embassy in The Hague on the occasion of the National Day of Spain in 2022. Also that year, he participated as both singer and dancer in Sedrig Verwoert's Do All Dogs Go To Heaven? at the Dutch National Ballet, for which he also wrote a new vocal part.
Daniel will be taking the upcoming season 2023/2024 off to develop himself further as a singer-songwriter as well as exploring new ways of movement as a dancer.
With Dutch National Ballet since:
Place of birth:
Career with Dutch National Ballet:
Grand Sujet (2020), Coryphée (2018), Corps de ballet (2015), Élève (2014), Junior Company (2013).
Real Conservatorio Superior de Música (Madrid, Spain), National Ballet Academy (Amsterdam, the Netherlands).
Terre des Hommes:
Daniel was Ambassador for Terre des Hommes (2016 - 2020)