- 1 Early life and family
- 2 Education
- 3 Online career
- 4 Controversies
- 5 Personal life; is DanRue dating Candice?
- 6 Hobbies and interesting facts
- 7 Social media presence
- 8 Appearance, clothing style
- 9 Net worth
DanRue or Dancing Dan is an Instagram sensation who has gained three million subscribers on his account, posting his comic dancing videos along with his friend Nick. They’re both now Internet personalities, and have millions of fans around the world. Let’s find out more about Dan’s net worth, real name, parents, current relationship status, etc.
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Early life and family
Dan “DanRue” Rue – aka “Dancing Dan” – was born on 11 February 1988 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA, so under the sign of Aquarius, and holding American nationality. Dan still lives in Louisiana to be close enough to his mother, with whom Dan has posted their mutual photos several times, expressing his love and respect to her. He hasn’t revealed her name, but mentioned she raised him alone for many years as his father passed. He feels grateful for her being strong enough to bring him up all by herself.
After matriculating from his local high school in Baton Rouge in 2006, Dan entered Louisiana State University, and graduated in 2010 with a BA in Sociology.
The start of the journey
While Dan was still a student in university, he didn’t even think about an online career. He and his friend Nick (Nicholas Joseph) were just filming funny videos with Dan dancing and Nick was making the video. The Fader online magazine insists Dan and Nick met each other when Dan was studying in LSU and Nick was a student at Southern University. However, Dan posted a photo of them on his Instagram account, asking his followers to guess who they saw in the picture – it was of two boys of around six or seven years old, easily recognizable as Dan and Nick. This photo proves that Nick and Dan knew each other long before they started attending their universities.
Unexpected success and the collaboration with T-Pain
For sure, both Dan and Nick would not be against becoming Internet sensations, but they didn’t have such a goal. In fact, they were just hanging out and filming funny videos, some of which went viral. Dan was also a friend of Odell Beckham, a football player, who was not in the league those times, but was quite popular already. This dragged even more attention to Dan’s personality; the videos which Dan and Nick filmed always finished in the same way: Dan doing his special dance with his knees, and when everyone was not paying attention to anything but his knees, he grabbed something and ran away, stealing things from the people who were just watching him dancing.
The same plot was laid in the short video which was created with the famous rapper T-Pain. His manager reached Dan and Nick and told them T-Pain wanted to make a video with them. So the video starts with the same old scenes – Dan is dancing his special dance with his knees, T-Pain is trying to repeat the moves, and when he is soaked with the process of dancing, Dan grabs the golden chain T-Pain has just taken off his neck and runs away. The video instantly went viral, attracting over 1.8 million views in no time. T-Pain was so happy with the results of the collaboration that he invited Dan and Nick to perform with him on the stage at his shows. The friends were so pleased with the invitation that they spent two nights dancing on the stage during T-Pain’s shows before they got tired.
Dan’s appearance on “Wild ‘N Out”
Dan joined the cast of the popular show called “Wild ‘N Out” which premiered with its Season 11 on 15 March 2018 on MTV, just two weeks after Season 10 ended. The show is famous for its unique cast of popular comics and personalities who battle with each other (united in teams) in games of comic improvisations. Dan participated in Season 11 to 14, to premiered in July 2019, but Dan Rue is not in the cast list. The show was created by Nick Cannon, who is also the permanent host of the show, and is the highest-rated telecast on the MTV2 channel during the whole history of the channel.
There was a very unpleasant situation when an Instagram user with the nickname @missenigmatic posted a video of Dan who was having a hot argument with another person over the N word, on 12 October 2017. For over a month Dan and Nick both received angry direct messages and comment on the situation and the argument itself. Dan didn’t give up and kept fighting back, tweeting more and more posts addressed to his opponents and slanderers. At the end of November 2017 Dan posted a video in which he properly explains his point of view on the situation, and finally ended the story, though Dan refused to apologize.
Personal life; is DanRue dating Candice?
Nothing is known about Dan’s current girlfriend or any previous affairs. He keeps his private life low-key, and doesn’t post any photos of his girlfriend, so it is really hard to say if he has one. He posted several comic videos with famous R&B singer Candice, and some of their fans suggested they were dating, but neither Dan nor Candice ever confirmed those rumors.
Hobbies and interesting facts
Dan was busy with charity activities during Hurricane Harvey. In August 2017 he created a page on GoFundMe and tried to gather some contributions for the victims of the Hurricane. As for his hobbies, Dan likes football; he also enjoys spending time with wild animals, and he loves Asian food.
Social media presence
Dan was very active on various social media platforms until some of his accounts were suspended. He now only has his Instagram account, which has accumulated over three million subscribers. Dan with Nick tried to make several videos for their YouTube channel, but left the idea, though they had uploaded some videos and vlogs. Dan was banned from Twitter and Facebook due to a controversial video of him and Nick “kidnapping” a child from a Japanese family during their trip to Japan. Though Dan and Nick explained that the video was staged and the girl they “kidnapped” was obviously laughing when they were filming, and her family agreed to participate in the “prank” (which was not a real prank in fact), the audience was furious and tagged Twitter authorities under the video asking them to suspend Dan and Nick’s accounts; so they did. As for Nick’s account on Instagram, he has over 1.8 million subscribers there, and he also posts a lot of funny videos and photos of himself, even without Dan.
Appearance, clothing style
Dan has dark brown hair and a long thick beard, with brown eyes. He is 5ft 9ins (1.79) tall and weighs around 187lbs (85kgs). His vital statistics are not available at the moment, though one can see he has a very slender body, as he probably spends time in the gym. As for his clothing style, he prefers casual and sporty clothes, often wearing tank-tops, caps, T-shirts and sneakers.
According to authoritative sources, Dan’s overall net worth is estimated to be around $500,000; he also gets up to $10,000 per post on his Instagram account. As for his business partner and friend Nicholas Joseph, he gets up to $6,500 per post on his Instagram account. Dan also has his own clothing brand called “Le Veritable Club” (aka “The Genuine Club”) which is another income source, owning it along with his business partner Romalis Scott.