David Palmer joined Rochester City Ballet in November, 2015 as Artistic Director. He previously served as the Associate Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet (TWB). He has been a force in the world of ballet for over thirty years as a Director, Choreographer and Principal Dancer.
David was highly regarded as an international guest artist and principal dancer revered in both the classics and the more contemporary works of today’s masters for over two decades. From Siegfried and Romeo to modern works, his mastery of the dance form has been critically acclaimed. He had numerous works created upon him by leading choreographers including Mark Morris, Graeme Murphy, Stanton Welch, Julia Adam, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Dietmar Seyffert, Helgi Tomasson, Gerald Arpino, and Val Caniparoli. Along with having danced most of the classical princes he was renowned as a leading dancer in Balanchine works.He has worked with many of today’s other masters such as Paul Taylor, Juri Kylian, Lar Lubovitch, Christopher Bruce and William Forsythe.
His production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe with TWB and Imagination Stage which went on to garner five Helen Hayes Award nominations and winning for Best Ensemble and Best Children’s Musical. David’s other commission for TWB and Imagination Stage, The Little Mermaid, premiered in 2016.
In 1997 David founded Maximum Dance Company with Yanis Pikieris. During his nine years as artistic director, MDC presented some eighty works, thirty world premieres and three full-evening works from both established choreographers such as Mark Morris, Maurice Bejart, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Julia Adam, and Kevin O’Day
His career began as a youth in musical theater and television in Australia. He went on to dance with the Australian Ballet rising quickly to the soloist ranks. He then went on to dance as a Principal Dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. He is married to Stephanie Walz, a former dancer with American Ballet Theatre, and they have two young daughters.