David Drew, English ballet dancer, Died at 77

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David Drew was born on March 12, 1938, and passed away on October 16, 2015.

David was an English ballet dancer and Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet

David was born in London. He received his early training in dance at the Westbury School of Dancing in Bristol, before entering professional ballet training at the Royal Ballet School.

He was a dancer with The Royal Ballet for the entire duration of his career: he joined the company in 1955 and was promoted to Soloist in 1961 and to Principal in 1974.

David retired from The Royal Ballet as a Principal dancer following the 2002/2003 season, but continued to dance with the company as a Principal Character Artist and, in recognition of his long service to the company, he was also awarded the honorary title of Guest Artist.

He retired as a dancer in 2012.

David was a teacher of pas de deux at the Royal Ballet School, the founder President of the Ballet Association, and in 2006, he was awarded the MBE for services to dance.

David was married to actress June Ritchie.

David died at age 77 in October 2015.