Principal Guest Artist
David Ward trained at The Royal Ballet School, National Youth Ballet, and graduated from The English National Ballet School. In 2005, he joined Northern Ballet in Leeds, England, and was promoted to Soloist in 2008. During that time, he performed in works by David Nixon, Kathy Marsden, Massimo Morricone, Gillian Lynne, and was honored to perform for Prince Edward.
Ward moved to the United States and joined Balletmet in Columbus, Ohio, as a lead dancer for seven seasons. He performed feature roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Michael Pink, and Christopher Wheeldon, and created roles in the world premieres of Edwaard Liang’s Cinderella and James Kudelka’s Rite of Spring.
Ward danced the title roles in Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Peter Pan, and Dracula, as well as Siegfried in Swan Lake, Franz in Coppélia, Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, and The Cavalier in The Nutcracker. He teaches and coaches students across the United States and United Kingdom, and with his wife, Emily Gotschall, will serve as Co-Artistic Director for the Yellowstone Dance Project in 2019. He joins Oklahoma City Ballet as a guest artist for the 2019/20 season productions of Dracula and Romeo and Juliet.