With Bangarra Since:
Family Background:
Daniel Mateo is a descendant of the Gamilaroi people of north east NSW as well as the Tongan people from the Pacifika region. Daniel was born and raised in Orange (Wiradjuri country and later moved to Newcastle (Awabakal land).

Daniel started his dance studies at Catapult Dance in Newcastle before moving on to NAISDA Dance College in 2019. At NAISDA Daniel quickly demonstrated an impressive commitment to building both his technical and creative skills. Daniel completed his Diploma qualification at NAISDA in 2020, and in 2019 was part of Catapult Dance’s Propel program, where he created his first choreography, Boy, cries.

“Working with Bangarra has been a dream of mine ever since I saw a photo of Aunty Elma Kris in one of Bangarra’s works. To be able to be part of the company as a Russell Page Graduate, working and creating in the space that Bangarra exists is an extraordinary opportunity, and I hope be able to make a valuable contribution as an artist and a storyteller.”

Daniel Mateo