Daniella Celia began her dance training under the direction of Lisa Tingle. She danced competitively for fifteen years, participating in many workshops and studying with master choreographers. Starting out her college career at Frostburg State University, Daniella was a part of their dance company and hiphop team. After transferring to Salisbury University, she became apart of their dance company for four years and achieved "Outstanding Dancer of the Year" for 2014. She has taken classes from Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey, Misty Copeland, and the Moscow Ballet. She choreographed three pieces in SUDC’s fall concerts. Daniella was also Salisbury University Poms Co-Captain where she choreographed for basketball and football games. She also worked at the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City where she experienced the business side of the dance world. While dancing her way through college, she became a part of a woman's organization called "W.I.N.K", dancing and choreographing for the awareness of women for three years. Daniella was awarded "Winking Star" at the Celebration of University Leadership (CUL) for her creativity and dedication. Daniella made the Eclipse Performing Dance Company, a professional dance company in Cecil County, MD. She performed in the shows, "Just Breathe" and "Thriller Nights". After graduating college, she is teaching and choreographing at Seaside Dance Academy for her third year. Daniella has taught master classes at Salisbury University and also has judged a competitive team tryout in Cambridge, MD.  She also has been selected to be a choreographer for Salisbury University Dance Company. Daniella has recently choreographed the finale for SUDC's Fall 2016 Concert as well as a piece in their Spring 2017 Concert. This year she has taught dance at Snow Hill High School for the after school academy and Snow Hill Elementary School for the "Big Draw". Daniella is blessed to still have dance in her life and is now living her dream as a NBA dancer!

Dance resume

Dance experience

  • Competitive team member - Seaside Dance Academy (1996-2011)

  • Frostburg State Dance Company (2011)

  • Epitome Hip Hop Team (2011)

  • Salisbury University Dance Company (2012-2015)

  • "W.I.N.K" - Salisbury University woman's organization (2012-2015)

  • Salisbury University Pom's (2014)

  • Salisbury University Pom's Co-Captain (2014)

  • Eclipse Performing Dance Company (2015)

  • Backup Dancer for the Sugar Hill Gang - Washington, DC (2017)

  • Backup Dancer for Rob Base - Baltimore, MD (2018)

  • NBA Dancer (2017-Present)

Dance instruction

  • Seaside Dance Academy (2014-2017)

  • Master Classes - Eastern Shore Dance Academy (2016)

  • Competitive team tryout - Eastern Shore Dance Academy (2016)

  • Cedar Chapel Special School (2016)

  • Master Classes - Salisbury University Dance Company (2016-2017)

  • After School Academy - Snow Hill High School (2016-2017)

  • The Big Draw - Snow Hill Elementary School (2017)

  • Stephen Decatur High School Cheerleading (2018)

  • Judge for Montgomery County Pom's Dance Team for Bethesda Chevy Chase High School (2018)

  • Artistic Dance Xpressions - Fort Washington, MD (2018)

  • Hip Hop Master Class - Salisbury University (2018)

  • NBA Wizdom Dance Team Coach - Washington, DC (2018)

Performance experience

  • Fall Showcase - Frostburg State Dance Company (2011)

  • Frostburg State Pep Rally - Epitome Hip Hop team (2011)

  • Fall and Spring Concerts - Salisbury University Dance Company (2012-2015)

  • Basketball and football games - Salisbury University Pom's (2014)

  • Shows, community events, pep rally's - W.I.N.K organization (2012-2015)

  • "Just Breathe" - Eclipse Performing Dance Company (2015)

  • "Thriller Nights" - Eclipse Performing Dance Company (2015)

  • Final Audition Show - Washington Redskins Cheerleader Finalist (2017)

  • Final Audition Show - Washington Wizard Girls Finalist (2017)

  • Backup Dancer for The Sugarhill Gang (2017)

  • Backup Dancer for Rob Base (2018)


  • Dance Minor - Salisbury University (2015)

  • Deans List (2013, 2014, 2015)

  • Dance Teacher Summit - New York City (2013)

awards and recognition 

  • "Outstanding Dancer of the Year" - Salisbury University (2014)

  • "Winking Star" - Celebration of University Leadership (CUL), Salisbury University (2014)

  • "Rookie of the Year" - Washington Wizard Girls (2018)

  • "Miss Congeniality" - Washington Wizard Girls (2018)