Dani Marie Vitale is Demi Lovato’s backup dancer. Vitale celebrated her birthday on July 22. TMZ reports that on July 23, the day before Lovato was rushed Cedar Sinai hospital after suffering a drug overdose, the singer was seen at the Saddle Ranch restaurant and bar on Sunset Strip celebrating a backup dancers’ birthday. The TMZ report says that when paramedics showed up at Lovato’s home on July 24, they were told there had been a party the night previous. The article says, “The partygoers were nowhere in sight.”
Vitale wrote a lengthy post about the year she has had to celebrate her birthday. That post included photos of Vitale with Lovato, of her dancing on stage and of her blowing out candles on a bunch of cup cakes. Vitale wrote in the post post that the past 12 months had surpassed her expectations. Vitale spoke in particular about teaching dance around the world as well getting to do what she loves “along side my best friend for 20 years.” In reference to Demi Lovato, Vitale wrote, “Thank you @ddlovato for my birthday day and for this MIND BLOWING past year with you ❤️ I can’t wait to see what is to come and continue to be so inspired by you.” The post concludes with the line, “For allowing me to express myself, my dreams and my mission all across the world. I can’t wait to see what 28 has to bring.”
The apparent connection between Vitale’s birthday and the report that Lovato was out at a backup dancer’s birthday party has not gone unnoticed by the singer’s fans. Threats and slurs have been plastered upon Vitale’s Instagram page. One person wrote, “You do not deserve to have been part of this queen’s life.” Another called Vitale “disgusting” while another said, “Please stay away from Demi, she needs people who actually care about her.” There is no evidence to suggest that Vitale had anything to do with Lovato’s overdose. Speaking to the Blast, a member of Vitale’s family said they are shocked with out the dancer has been blamed for the overdose, insisting she had nothing to do with with.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Lovato Shared a Photo of Her & Vitale Touching Tongues in June 2018
In June 2018, Lovato shared a photo on Instagram that showed Vitale and touching tongues. The caption on the photo read, “Happy pride.” That pair had been on Lovato’s “Tell Me You Love Me” Tour together. Vitale posted a similar image of the pair with the caption, “My 9-5 job > yours.”
According to her LinkedIn page, Vitale is also a dancer with the Jonas Brothers, a role she’s been in since July 2010. On her page, Vitale refers to herself as a dancer blogger and social influencer. Vitale says on her Facebook page that she is a native of Cleveland. In addition to the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato, Vitale has danced with Rihanna and Katy Perry. The latter including Perry’s infamous Super Bowl performance.
2. Vitale Surprised Her First Dance Teacher by Completely Renovating Her Dance Studio
Fox Cleveland reported in September 2017 that Vitale has surprised her former dance teacher, Lisa Stanziale of The Dance Stop in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. Vitale completely renovated Stanziale’s dance studio. The Fox affiliate featured Vitale walking with her former teacher, room-to-room, showing her the improvements that had been made. Vitale told the station, “This woman is my everything. She really inspired me to move out to California. She always was like you are going to do it. You are going to be something. She was always the one pushing me and not hindering my spirit.” While Stanziale said, “Dani is that special to do something like this. Her heart is so special, and she never forgot where she came from and it’s a testament to her.”
Cleveland.com reports Vitale began taking classes at the studio when she was in the second grade. Vitale told the website that she spent more time at the studio than she did with her own family. Vitale says that she didn’t take the SAT or ACT because she knew she wanted her life to be in dance, “I was so sure that dancing was what I would do with my life, but everyone told me I was messing up… Lisa always taught me to believe in myself. You can be a professional dancer if you really want it,’ she’d tell me.” Vitale moved to Los Angeles in 2008 at 18 with $150 and worked as a bartender before booking the Jonas Brothers’ Camp Rock tour in 2010.
3. Vitale Is Dating Professional Skateboarder Sean Malto
Vitale is in a relationship with Sean Malto. Malto, a native of Leavenworth, Kansas. Malto is sponsored in his professional skating career by Girl, Nike SB, Spitfire, Beats by Dre, Go Pro and Mountain Dew,” according to his official website. Malto was the subject of an in depth ESPN feature titled, “The Malto Age,” in 2009.
4. Vitale Has Her Own Section on Under Armor’s Website
In her Instagram bio, Vitale says she is a “pro dancer, choreographer and teacher” and an “Under Armor athlete.”
Vitale has a section on Under Armor’s website. Vitale is quoted as saying of the gym clothes, “I felt empowered looking at myself in the mirror… I forgot that something so simple as a sports bra can make me feel… I had more confidence while taking class and that’s what apparel is about.” Vitale told Cleveland.com about working with Under Armor saying, “Under Armour helped me to be able to do this. They have been so generous, and they are excited about what I am doing here.”
5. Demi Lovato Is Said to Be in Stable Condition Following her Overdose
Demi Lovato is said to be in stable condition following her July 24 overdose, according to People Magazine. It still unclear as to what drug Lovato overdosed with the early reports that the drug was heroin having been disproved. It had earlier been reported that Lovato was revived using Narcan, a drug commonly associated with opioid recovery.