|Occupation(s):|| Artist |
Waitress at Spotlight Diner
|Family & Friends|
|Family:|| Unnamed mother|
|Relationships:||Santana Lopez (girlfriend)|
|Friends:|| Santana Lopez|
Elliott "Starchild" Gilbert
|Talent:||Playing the guitar, Playing the keyboard, Singing|
|First appearance:||Tina in the Sky with Diamonds|
She is portrayed by actress and singer Demi Lovato.
This episode stages Dani's debut on the show. She is a waitress at the Spotlight Diner, where Santana, Rachel and later Kurt work as well. Dani was first seen taking orders from a customer when she sees Santana staring at her, causing the latter to blushingly look away. Her first scene is a talk with Santana about their comeouts. Dani tells Santana that her parents hated the idea of Dani being a lesbian and how after a big fight with them (due to their finding her making out with a girl at their garage) she took her guitar and never looked back. Santana tells Dani that her parents were okay about her being a lesbian but her grandmother wasn't, and about Brittany. After hearing this, Dani tells her she needs someone new and acts very flirty towards her.
We see Dani again in another scene, when Rachel leaves the diner early to leave Santana and Dani alone. Santana asks if Dani shouldn't be going too, to which Dani replies that she likes to stay at the diner to watch the sunrise. Santana admits she never did it, so she stays with Dani and this leads to their performance of Here Comes the Sun, which ends with them reaching Dani's house. After it, they said goodbye and share an innocent first kiss.
By the end of the episode, Santana and Dani are officially dating, since Santana invited her into the loft where she, Rachel and Kurt live. Rachel, Kurt and Santana all have parts in Let It Be, however, Dani does not even though she is seen in the performance.
Dani got excited when Kurt mentioned that he is starting a band and asked if girls are allowed to join. He said yes and wanted Dani, Santana, and Rachel to sign up to spare him the agony of open auditions. Dani agrees to join, Rachel passes (later joins), and Santana agrees - if they get to help with the setlist and have a say in who joins; Kurt agrees. At the auditions, she asks how long do they have to wait here, and played the guitar when the only person who signed up, Starchild, performs Marry the Night.
Dani is seen at the loft with Kurt, Santana and Starchild trying to come up with a name for the band. She suggested "The Nipslips" and added that boobs lovers of all genders would show up, but the name was shot down by Kurt. Rachel jokingly came up with the band name, "Pamela Lansbury", and they all agreed.
She performs Roar with other the band members.
Dani is having a meeting with Pamela Lansbury in which Kurt tells them about their debut gig. They are excited until they find out it’s on Thursdays at Callbacks. Dani, Elliott and Santana don’t think it’s the best place to have their first performance but Kurt insists to perform there. She is later seen at Callbacks with the rest of the band, but there is only one person in the audience. She and the others are disappointed, and leave the bar without performing.
- Main article: Dani-Santana Relationship
Dani and Santana meet in the episode Tina in the Sky with Diamonds, at the Spotlight Diner, where both of them work as waitresses. The mutual attraction is obvious, so she acts very flirty to Santana which makes her really nervous. After Rachel leaves the two of them alone, she offers her to stick around so they can watch the sunrise together, Santana agrees. They perform Here Comes the Sun as they walk to Dani's place, after that, Dani kisses her quickly before saying goodbye. Later on, Santana mentions to Rachel and Kurt that the two are officially girlfriends. Later in A Katy or A Gaga, they both joined Kurt's Band.
Solos (In a Group Number)
|Roar||A Katy or A Gaga||Kitty, Rachel, Sam, Santana, Elliott, Tina, and Unique|
- She shares the first name with The Glee Project Dani Shay