David Drew MBE


David Drew MBE was born in London and trained as a dancer at Westbury School of Dancing in Bristol and The Royal Ballet School. He then joined The Royal Ballet where he was promoted to Soloist in 1961 and Principal Dancer in 1974.

David had a life-long interest in making ballet more accessible to a wider audience. He choreographed several operas and musicals, as well as five ballets for the Royal Ballet and assisted Norman Morrice in the running of the Choreographic Composition Course at the Royal Ballet School (1986 – 1999). He was retired by the Royal Opera House in 2003 on his 65th birthday but continued to appear as a Principal Character Artist and an honorary Guest Artist. Later in his career he specialised in producing scenarios for full-length ballets.

The Founder President of The Ballet Association, in 2006 David was awarded an MBE for services to dance.

He married actress June Ritchie, who he met whilst choreographing a Sandy Wilson musical in 1971.

David passed away in October 2015.