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David Howard


David Howard - June 14, 1937 - August 11, 2013.  He was an English ballet dancer and teacher, who taught internationally at institutions such as the Royal Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada.  Howard opened his popular dance studio in New York City, the David Howard School of Ballet in 1977.  His dance center welcomed all students including children, adult beginner and professionals from the Broadway musicals and ballet. 

David became a legendary teacher and coach after dancing in England in the 1950s and ‘60s with the Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet, which later became The Royal Ballet.  A 2006 Dance Magazine Award recipient, he had a diverse performing career in ballet and musical theater.  He performed in musicals in London before a back injury ended his performing career,  and he began to train as a hairdresser, which further hurt his back.

In 1966, Rebekah Harkness invited David to come to New York City and teach at her Harkness Ballet School, which he later directed while also serving as ballet master for the Harkness Ballet Company.  He later taught at two dance schools in Manhattan, Steps on Broadway and the Broadway Dance Center.  He also taught internationally and created 125 instructional dance CDs and DVDs.

Howard’s pupils included Gelsey Kirkland, Patricia McBride and Mikhail Baryshnikov.  McBride paid tribute to Howard describing him as “…one of the great teachers of our day, for many, many years,”

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Familiar melodies from Broadway shows, movies and television. The 30 selections are repeated solo piano pieces for a complete ballet class.