International master teacher, David Howard has been teaching in America for over 40 years. Trained at the Cone-Ripman School, now the Arts Educational School in London, he completed the RAD Syllabus and at age 16 was awarded the Adeline Genee Medal, the highest honor a British dance student can receive.
He began as a child performer in radio, films and commercials, later danced at the famed London Palladium Theatre and joined Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet, now The Royal Ballet, where he achieved soloist status before joining the National Ballet of Canada. Upon his return to England, he appeared in London's West End musicals, among them Bob Fosse's "Little Me." He performed in cabaret throughout Europe and was featured in many television productions.
At the invitation of Rebekah Harkness, Mr. Howard joined the faculty and later directed the Harkness Ballet School in New York City. In addition, he held the position of Principal Teacher and Ballet Master for the Harkness Ballet Company. In 1977, Mr. Howard opened his own school adjacent to Lincoln Center. His classes became the mainstay in the professional training of many notable dancers including Makarova, Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland, Peter Martins and Cynthia Harvey. Dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet and numerous other companies throughout the world have made David the most sought-after teacher. Currently, he teaches classes at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center and coaches Angel Corella, Michele Wiles, Jared Matthews and Yuriko Kajiya. Many of the next generation of ABT and New York City Ballet dancers can be found in his daily classes.
Mr. Howard still keeps his international ties teaching for The Royal Ballet in London and companies in Denmark, Germany, Holland and Sweden. He has coached many successful competition winners and worked with theatre, television and motion picture stars, most recently Bebe Neuwirth, Mary Tyler Moore and John Lithgow.
David Howard is the recipient of the 2006 Dance Magazine Award. He received a Doctor of Performing Arts Honorary Degree from Oklahoma City University and the Dance Masters of American Award. David served as President of the National Association of Regional Ballet in America. He has made numerous CDs and videos of classical instruction.
Mr. Howard was profiled in People Magazine, Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe Magazine, Dancer Magazine and the British publication Dancing Times. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and The Art of Teaching Ballet… Ten Twentieth Century Masters, which quotes its author, Gretchen Warren: "David Howard's wizardry is something dancers feel in their bones. For years they have flocked to him in large numbers and today he is the best known, most popular ballet teacher working in America."