Serving the Salt Lake County area. Danta Claus is a Hollywood style Santa with real beard and 40+ years experience! From large shopping malls to the privacy of one-on-one this Santa is “ the real deal” Former school teacher of dramatics, public speaking, drama, speech and debate. Stage and film performer. His student clientele include but is not limited to Daniele Fisshell (Topanga in Boy Meets World), Andrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler in Full House Full House) and Krysta Rodriguez original Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family)
Danta is licensed and background checked.
Price Range: $1st 60 min $200 Each additional 30 min $50
Gig Length: 120 - 480 minutes
Insurance: $2,000,000 - Personal liability designed for Santa Visits. Recent background check 7/15/18 through IntelliCorp
What to Expect
We want Santa's visit to be very very special. Here are a few tips to help make your Santa visit merry.
Provide a cell phone number of someone at the event who will have it on.
Have a special place for Santa to park – very close to entrance of event.
Have someone outside to meet Santa – to show him the way and to load toys into his sack if needed.
Place balance of payment due to Santa (if any) in a Christmas Card so you don't have to hand Santa a
check or cash and risk a child witnessing the transaction.
Escort Santa to a private room where he can change and prepare.
Plan it so Santa can make a "Grand Entrance" – Have everyone participating in a common task (singing.)
Place Santa's Chair so it has a great holiday background for photos. Leave room behind for group photos
Keep the children together and occupied to give Santa a few minutes for his departure.
Daniel Halkyard (Danta) is an inspired and dedicated independent drama instructor, coach and educational theatre advocate. His mission has been to develop and present creative pathways through the performing arts for students in grades K-12 and their families. He believes strongly that by presenting instruction and performances in the numerous disciplines, he hopes to establish an understanding of the arts through education resulting in a meaningful appreciation of their intrinsic value. He believes that a child’s involvement in the performing arts will help to build self-confidence and foster creativity.
He began his career by touring throughout the state of Washington performing children's theatre to numerous school and civic venues. In 1980 he began his extensive Southern California drama experience.
Daniel has taught creative Dramatics for the ABC Unified, Fullerton School District as well as the Placentia-Linda School District. Most recently Mr. Halkyard taught full time as a junior high drama, television broadcasting, K-5 computer instructor for Fairmont Private Private Schools
He is the founder and creator of Broadway on Tour, “children bringing theatre to children” (1988-2018)
He was a co-founder and creator of Front Row Center Theatre In Anaheim, CA (1998-2002) and is currently the founder and artistic director of Stand Up Acting Academy, “developing creativity through the performing arts” (2013-present)
Daniel, an enthusiastic advocate for educational theatre, has judged for numerous high school and college theatre festivals throughout Southern California including but not limited to DTASC (Drama Teacher Association Southern California) and CETA (California Educational Theatre Association).
In addition to coaching speech and debate, Daniel judged numerous tournaments for the Orange County Debate League.
With his passionate, creative and humorous delivery style, Daniel takes great pride in providing his students with a strong sense of “ownership” He is a true believer of the Benjamin Franklin quote; “Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
West Coast audiences have seem him in the roles of Uncle Max in Sound of Music, The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smee and Nana In Peter Pan (roles he also performed with Cathy Rigby), Mr. Lundie in Brigadoon, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Owl in Winnie the Pooh (Actor's Equity for the Roxy theatre in Hollywood), Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, the Pilot in The Little Prince, the Big Bad Wolf in Little Red.
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