David Dawson was born in London and trained at the Arts Educational School and the Royal Ballet School. He has danced as first soloist and principal at the Birmingham Royal Ballet, at the English National Ballet, at the Dutch National Ballet and at the Ballet Frankfurt under William Forsythe. At the beginning of the 2000s he focussed exclusively on his choreography work, and was appointed house choreographer of the Dutch National Ballet, the Semperoper Ballet and the Royal Flanders Ballet. Dawson’s ballets have been performed in over 25 countries and honoured with numerous awards and nominations. For his piece, The Grey Area (2002), for example, he won the Prix Benois de la Danse as Best Choreographer, and for Reverence (2005), produced at the invitation of the Mariinsky Ballet, he was awarded the Golden Mask. In 2013 he was a jury member at the Prix Benois de la Danse in Moscow and at the international ballet festival, Dance Open in St. Petersburg. In 2019 he was named Artistic Patron to Junior Ballet Antwerp. He has been a permanent artistic member of the Dutch National Ballet since 2015.
In season 2021/2022 David Dawson will create his first work for the Bayerisches Staatsballett.
(Information as of May 2021)