He danced all the main male roles in the classical repertory, including those from Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Coppelia, as well as works by Frederick Ashton and Kenneth Macmillan. He worked with many of the leading figures in the dance world – from Ashton and MacMillan to Peter Wright, Eric Bruhn and Rudolf Nureyev.
After his decade at Australian Ballet, he returned to London to be a senior lecturer in classical ballet at London Studio Centre in 1999. He then become the school’s Head of Boys, and then Assistant Director to Margaret Barbieri, the former dancer and director of Images of Dance (Studio Centre’s graduate ballet troupe). He was also a guest teacher with Birmingham Royal Ballet.
“David had a real passion to dance,” says Barbieri. “He was totally dedicated to the art, extremely hardworking and disciplined, never missing a class in his whole career. I was privileged to dance many ballets with him and loved every minute.”
David is survived by his wife, the former dancer Petal Miller who teaches at the Royal Ballet School.