David Drew, born March 12 1938, London; October 16 2015.
David Drew, for 56 years a member of The Royal Ballet, has died after a long battle with illness. He described himself as one of a ‘bridge generation’ of dancers. The longevity of his career meant that he worked with many figures from the Ballets Russes – Tamara Karsavina, Bronislava Nijinska, Lydia Lopokova, Léonide Massine, George Balanchine, Alicia Markova, Sergei Grigoriev and Lubov Tchernicheva – but also taught many dancers and choreographers working today. Alina Cojocaru, Marianela Núñez, Christopher Wheeldon, David Dawson, Cathy Marston and Andrew McNichol are among many who received his support. Drew passionately believed in understanding history so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past – and in the need to champion the new. Or in his own words, “A typical Piscean, swimming in opposite directions at once.”