Dan Metcalfe, brought over from England to coach American soccer stars of the future, has had a major impact in both the soccer world and the entertainment industry.
Having played at professional clubs as a youth back in England and Europe, Metcalfe left the football field to pursue another form of show business, the stage. He studied in London, England, at the Laine Theater Arts Academy, and was quickly introduced to the professional life by landing the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit show, "Starlight Express." Within a very short time Metcalfe had performed in many of the West End's famous theaters, earning a reputation for hard work, dedication and talent. He toured with Sir Lloyd-Webber across Japan, Germany, and back to England, finally arriving in the United States. In Las Vegas, he opened once again the "Starlight Express" at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Metcalfe starred in a number of movies and television shows, where he once again earned his acclaim for being one of the nicest, most talented and hardest-working talents in Hollywood. He starred in numerous national commercials for soccer and quickly became the "go-to" guy for soccer expertise. His knowledge in front of and behind the camera, relating specifically with both the actor and the director, made a perfect match for the industry, thus becoming known as "Soccer Dan."
Working on Universal's "Kicking and Screaming" with Will Ferrell and Robert "we could not have done this movie without Dan" Duvall, Metcalfe showed Universal the necessity of choreographing soccer in a way never before seen. His years of experience working with kids, breaking down plays, building up confidence and ultimately telling a story made his work invaluable. During the filming Metcalfe was also presented with the Nike Coach of the Year award, an honor bestowed to the developers of talent. Metcalfe also got to work opposite Ferrell and Duvall as he played the soccer expert/nemesis to Ferrell's character, Phil Weston, bringing "Soccer Dan" to the world.
He was quickly recruited to choreograph Dreamworks' "She's The Man" starring Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum. Working with a non-soccer script, Metcalfe emerged successful once again with soccer that not only complimented the movie, but inspired millions of fans to get excited about soccer.
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