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David Donnelly

First Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

American dancer David Donnelly is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. He studied at The Royal Ballet Upper School and graduated into the Company in 2013, promoted to First Artist in 2016.

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), Florestan (The Sleeping Beauty), 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.

Videos

News and features

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

10 June 2016
Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

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

19 June 2015
Royal Ballet USA: David Donnelly on the tour visit to Chicago

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

26 August 2014
Cast confirmation: Sampling The Myth at Deloitte Ignite 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

19 June 2015
Royal Ballet USA: David Donnelly on the tour visit to Chicago

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

Photos

David Donnelly and Yasmine Naghdi in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Téo Dubreuil and David Donnelly in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

David Donnelly

Yasmine Naghdi and David Donnelly in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Reece Clarke, David Donnelly and Melissa Hamilton in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

David Donnelly and Leo Dixon in Calvin Richardson's Untitled, The Royal Ballet's Draft Works, 2015

David Donnelly and Yasmine Naghdi in The Illustrated Farewell, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky as the Wife, Vadim Muntagirov as the Girl’s Cousin, Olivia Cowley as the Wife and David Donnelly as the Girl’s Cousin in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

David Donnelly and Yasmine Naghdi in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Olivia Cowley and David Donnelly in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

David Donnelly in Aakash Odedra's 'Untitled' in The Royal Ballet's Draft Works 2014

David Donnelly and Olivia Cowley in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Olivia Cowley and David Donnelly in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Olivia Cowley and David Donnelly in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

David Donnelly and Olivia Cowley in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Téo Dubreuil and David Donnelly in Aakash Odedra’s Untitled, Draft Works

David Donnelly and Olivia Cowley in rehearsal for The Concert, The Royal Ballet

Hannah Grennell, Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, Harry Churches, Leo Dixon, David Donnelly and Téo Dubreuil in Calvin Richardson's Untitled, The Royal Ballet's Draft Works, 2015