I think you need a 100% Sapphic goddess.

—Dani, Tina in the Sky with Diamonds

Danielle "Dani" is a recurring character in the fifth season of Glee. She is a waitress at the Spotlight Diner in New York with SantanaKurt, and Rachel. She joined Kurt's band Pamela Lansbury with Santana, Kurt, Rachel, and Elliott, and later formed a trio called One Three Hill with Kurt and Elliott after Rachel and Santana were kicked out. She was in a relationship with Santana before Santana reconciled with Brittany.

She is portrayed by actress and singer Demi Lovato.


Season Five

Tina in the Sky with Diamonds

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 in their basement) 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 say a sweet goodbye and share an innocent first kiss. 

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Dani and Santana singing Here Comes the Sun

By the end of the episode, Santana and Dani are officially dating. Santana invited her back to the loft where she, Rachel and Kurt live. Rachel, Kurt and Santana all have parts in Let It Be, however, Dani does not even sing though she is seen during the performance.

A Katy or A Gaga

Dani gets excited when Kurt mentions that he is starting a band and asks if girls are allowed to join. He says yes and wants Dani, Santana, and Rachel to sign up to spare him the agony of open auditions. Dani agrees to join, but Rachel passes. Dani asks Santana to join and Santana agrees, which excites Dani. However, Santana says she'll only join if they get to help with the setlist and have a say in who joins. Kurt agrees. Dani gets bored of waiting at the auditions. When Elliott shows up she is impressed by his clothes and tells him that he looks "freaking badass". When Starchild performs Marry the Night, she plays the guitar and is impressed by his singing voice. When Elliott's finished, she congratulates him.

Dani is seen at the loft with Kurt, Santana and Starchild trying to come up with a name for the band. She suggests "The Nipslips" and adds that boob lovers of all genders would show up, but the name is shot down by Kurt. Rachel jokingly comes up with the band name, "Pamela Lansbury," and the band likes it and decides to use it. Dani is happy when Rachel agrees to join. To mark the beginning of Pamela Lansbury, she and the rest of the band perform Roar.

Puppet Master

Dani is having a meeting with Pamela Lansbury where she is seen lying on the couch next to Santana, in which Kurt tells them about their debut gig. They are excited until they find out it’s 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 and shuts down Dani's input. She is then seen playing the keyboard in Kurt's vision of the band performing Into the Groove.

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 retreat backstage. It is assumed that the band still perform off screen because at the band's second meeting of the week (which Dani isn't present for) Kurt explains how their sole audience member helped to set up the band's second gig at the Music Hall of Williamsburg after watching their show.


Since Rachel and Santana keep fighting when they are in the Bushwick apartment with Kurt, he tells them they are out of Pamela Lansbury and that he is disbanding the band to start a new one with Dani and Elliott. Santana, surprised, asks if her own girlfriend agreed with kicking her out, and Kurt responds Dani only wants to have fun and sing, and that she knows it is impossible while they are still in the band.

Dani still

She is finally seen during One Three Hill's (the name of the new band) first gig at Callbacks, performing The Happening and having fun, she is also seen making eye contact with Santana in some parts of the song. Later, Dani is seen entering the Bushwick Apartment with Kurt and Elliott when Santana and Rachel were talking about their friendship status. When Santana tries to leave she asks her to stay so she can feel less guilty about agreeing with Kurt about kicking her out of the band, but fails and says goodbye to her girlfriend with a kiss. She is last seen performing Hold On with One Three Hill as Santana and Rachel didn't make things up. This is the last time we see Dani on Glee.


Brittany mentions Dani after kissing Santana by saying: "I'm sure your girlfriend's great, but you can't recreate what you and I have". 

New Directions

Since Santana and Brittany get back together, it can be assumed that in some moment between 100 and this episode, Dani and Santana broke up.

Old Dog, New Tricks

Kurt mentions that One Three Hill has been on a hiatus ever since Dani's Roller Derby team became state champions.


Santana Lopez

Main article: Dani-Santana Relationship (Dantana)
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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, making Santana nervous. After Rachel leaves the two of them alone, she suggests that Santana should stick around so they can watch the sunrise together. She agrees. They perform Here Comes the Sun as they walk to Dani's apartment. Dani kisses Santana quickly before saying goodbye. Later on, Santana mentions to Rachel and Kurt that the two are officially girlfriends. In A Katy or A Gaga, they both join Kurt's band. They break up following Santana's make-up with her ex-girlfriend Brittany in 100.


Solos (In a Group Number)

Season Five



Solos with
Roar A Katy or A Gaga Elliott, Kitty, Rachel, Sam, Santana, Tina, and Unique
The Happening Trio Elliott and Kurt
Hold On Artie, Blaine, Elliott, Kurt, Rachel, Sam, Santana, and Tina



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