He is Travis Wall's brother, a runner-up of the second season of "So You Think You Can Dance." Tidwell is currently the Artistic Director of Movmnt Magazine and a soloist dancer with Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo.
Tidwell started dancing at the age of eight in an after-school program for at-risk youth.
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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.
My brother's up there on that stage, dancing and living, and I want to do that.'" The following season he attended the show's open auditions in New York City.
Quickly, however, judges such as contemporary dance choreographer Mia Michaels and hip hop choreographer Shane Sparks, found Tidwell to be arrogant, with the latter saying Tidwell acted as if he were "God's gift to the world." The allegation was a recurring issue throughout the show, and Tidwell found his reputation as a gifted dancer at odds with his aloof demeanor.
He has worked in elite companies, including the American Ballet Theatre.
He has also performed the works of renowned choreographers, including Debbie Allen, William Forsythe and Mia Michaels.
That summer he was invited back to the USA IBC to perform in the opening ceremonies.
That changed in late 2006 when the two went to see Tidwell's brother, Travis, perform in the So You Think You Can Dance tour in Madison Square Gardens.
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.
Daniel Arnold Tidwell (born August 1, 1984) is an American dance choreographer, contemporary and ballet dancer, known for being the runner-up on Fox's third season of So You Think You Can Dance.