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David Drew MBE

David Drew, MBE


London, England.


Westbury School of Dancing, Bristol; Royal Ballet School.


Royal Ballet – promoted to Soloist (1961) and to Principal Dancer (1974). On his 65th birthday he was retired by the ROH but is currently appearing there as a Guest Artist.

Previous Work
  • As a dancer
    • Mercutio, Lord Capulet and Tybalt, Romeo & Juliet
    • Ugly Sister, Cinderella
    • Monsieur G.M., Manon
    • High Brahmin and Rajah, La Bayadere
    • Satan, Job
    • Emperor Franz-Josef, Mayerling
    • The Husband, Anastasia
    • The Magician, Petrushka
    • Hilarion & Duke of Courtland, Giselle
    • Von Rothbart, Swan Lake
  • His created roles include
    • Gaoler, Manon
    • The Captain, Different Drummer
    • ‘Bay’ Middleton, Mayerling
    • Demetrius, The Dream
    • Max Merx, Isadora
    • G.B. Shaw, Grand Tour
    • The Master, Rituals
TV appearances include

Farmer Thomas, La Fille Mal Gardee; Basilio, Don Quixote, and Kostchei, The Firebird, during this transmission he was interviewed, reminiscing over his experience recreating Les Noces with Bronislava Nijinska.

He has been privileged to partner among many others: Margot Fonteyn, Sylvie Guilleme, Gelsey Kirkland, Antoinette Sibley, Natalia Makarova, Lynne Seymour, Altinai Asylmuratove, Marcia Haydee, Monica Mason, Tamara Roja. With this experience he taught Graduate Class pas de deux at the Royal Ballet Upper School (1976 – 1999).

David has choreographed several operas and musicals and five ballets for the then Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet. He assisted Norman Morrice in the running of the Choreographic Composition Course at the Royal Ballet School (1986 – 1999). Since his retirement he has specialised in producing scenarios for full-length ballets and has a life-long interest in making ballet more accessible to a wider audience.


He is Founder President of the Ballet Association. In 2006 David was awarded the MBE for ‘services to dance’. He is married to actress June Ritchie who he met when choreographing a Sandy Wilson musical in 1971.

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Supported by:

Supported by: Arts Council England Supported by: Leeds City Council Supported by: West Yorkshire Grants

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