Former Royal Ballet Soloist David Howard dies
Former dancer went on to set up school in New York, coaching thousands over four decades.
Former Royal Ballet Soloist David Howard has died.
David danced at Covent Garden for seven years before joining the National Ballet of Canada in 1963. In 1966 he moved to New York where he taught at a new dance school set up by Rebekah Harkness. There he coached Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov, and in 1977 he set up his own dance school in Manhattan, which he ran for 18 years.
Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare said:
‘It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of David Howard. David was a highly respected and popular guest teacher and will be remembered by myself and the current generation of Royal Ballet dancers. He first came to teach for the Company in 1997 and returned annually until 2011 when his decreasing mobility prevented him from continuing to do so. David was a highly knowledgeable teacher who continually inspired the dancers and always brought us up to date with what was happening in the New York dance world. He will be sadly missed by the enormous number of dancers he has helped and encouraged over several decades.’
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