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DAVID DAWSON

CHOREOGRAPHER

British choreographer and dancer, David Dawson is one of the most respected names amongst the younger generation of choreographers working in the classical ballet idiom today. Born in London, David Dawson began to dance at the age of 7 and received his early training at the Rona Hart School of Dance, Arts Educational School and The Royal Ballet School, where he was trained in dance and choreography. In 1991 he received the Alicia Markova Award, won the prestigious Prix de Lausanne and the same year he was offered a contract by the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Under the direction of Sir Peter Wright he was soon performing leading roles in the entire classical repertoire as well as in ballets by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Peter Wright and David Bintley. He was nominated as Best Newcomer of the Season by Dance & Dancers magazine in 1992.

He joined the English National Ballet under the direction of Derek Deane in 1994 as a Soloist, and a year later moved to Amsterdam to perform with Wayne Eagling's Dutch National Ballet. Dawson choreographed his first ballet in 1997, while with the Dutch National Ballet. This experience resulted in Dawson's first major creation for the main company, A Million Kisses to my Skin, in 2000.

Between 2004 and 2009 Dawson was Resident Choreographer for the Dutch National Ballet and the Dresden Semperoper Ballet. Since September 1, 2010, Dawson has been appointed Choreographer in Residence at the Royal Ballet of Flanders. His works have entered the repertoires of many prestigious ballet companies. He was honoured with the Prix Benois de la Danse Award for choreography and nominated for the UK Critics' Circle National Dance Award as Best Classical Choreographer for The Grey Area.

David Dawson's latest choreography to date, day4, set to music specially commissioned by the English composer Greg Haines, saw its world premiere on 15 February 2012 during the 'Present/s' programme as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Dutch National Ballet.

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