David Poole


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(b Cape Town, 17 Sept. 1925; d Cape Town, 27 Aug. 1991)

South African dancer and ballet director. He trained with Dulcie Howes at the University of Cape Town Ballet School and then at Sadler's Wells Ballet School in London. In 1947 he joined Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet, becoming a principal in 1948; in 1955 he transferred to the Sadler's Wells Ballet (later Royal Ballet) at Covent Garden. He created roles in Cranko's Sea Change (1949), Beauty and the Beast (1949), Pineapple Poll (1951), and The Lady and the Fool (1954), Rodrigues's Blood Wedding (1953), and MacMillan's Danses concertantes (1955) and House of Birds (1955). In 1956 he left the Royal Ballet, dancing with Ballet Rambert and Edinburgh International Ballet before returning to South Africa in 1959 to teach. In 1963 he became ballet master of CAPAB Ballet and in 1967 succeeded Dulcie Howes as artistic director; he created original works for the repertoire and added new productions of the classics, as well as raising the levels of performance and training. He retired in 1990.

Subjects: Dance.

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