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David Donnelly

Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

American dancer David Donnelly becomes a First Artist of The Royal Ballet from the start of the 2016/17 Season. He studied at The Royal Ballet Upper School and graduated into the Company in 2013.

Donnelly trained at Northern Cincinnati Youth Ballet and in 2012 reached the finals of the Youth America Grand Prix, where he was awarded the Outstanding Contemporary Dancer Award for his performance of Susie Payne’s Ch'i. Aged 16 he was awarded a scholarship to study at The Royal Ballet Upper School by American sculptor Richard MacDonald. Roles while at the School included Man (Mark Annear’s La Destinée) in the 2013 annual matinee.

Donnelly’s repertory with the Company has included the Girl’s Cousin (The Invitation), Bartender (The Age of Anxiety), pas de six (Giselle) and in Obsidian Tear, After the Rain, Scènes de ballet, Don Quixote and Woolf Works. He has created roles for Aakash Odedra in The Royal Ballet’s Draft Works and for Deloitte Ignite 2014.

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News and features

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

10 June 2016

Promotions and joiners have been announced for The Royal Ballet's 2016/17 Season.

Royal Ballet USA: David Donnelly on the tour visit to Chicago

Royal Ballet USA: David Donnelly on the tour visit to Chicago

19 June 2015

American Royal Ballet Artist David reflects on flash floods, the infectious buzz of American cities and ending the Season with a crescendo.

Cast confirmation: Sampling The Myth at Deloitte Ignite 2014

Cast confirmation: Sampling The Myth at Deloitte Ignite 2014

26 August 2014

A number of Royal Ballet dancers are performing extracts from iconic dance works.

Posts by David Donnelly

Royal Ballet USA: David Donnelly on the tour visit to Chicago

Royal Ballet USA: David Donnelly on the tour visit to Chicago

19 June 2015

American Royal Ballet Artist David reflects on flash floods, the infectious buzz of American cities and ending the Season with a crescendo.

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