Daniella ("Dani") is a special education teacher, runner, blogger, and coffee lover. Her family immigrated to the U.S. from Venezuela in 2000 looking for better opportunities for her eldest son, Diego. Diego has been an Abilis client for many years and he's why Dani's participating in Dancing Stars of Greenwich. She hopes to learn some fancy dance moves and to raise at least as much money for Abilis as her husband Cesar did when he danced back in 2020.
Daniella is paired with Fred Astaire Professional Matthew
With over 27 years of dance and theater experience and expert training in classical and more modern dance styles, Matthew was ranked by the most prominent international dance franchise as one of their top teachers for three consecutive years. He is also the recipient of the coveted Winners Circle Award given only to the top 3 instructors each year.
Matthew has performed with the major ballet companies in NYC and Pittsburgh, appeared Off-Broadway, and received several awards in international acting and modeling competitions. He has competed in all 9 American Style dances, theater arts, and show dance during his career. Matthew received 2nd place in the 2011 NASSPDA Championships in both American Show Dance and American Smooth Championships. In addition to being a ballroom dancer, Matthew is also an active aging coach and featured actor for Graveyard Productions.